My system shares a lot of similarities with what you're after, check it out in virtual systems. I like my Mac receiver, lots of remote controlled features. I also like the sound of my Bryston DAC. I’m sure whatever you get will sound great. Part of the hobby seems to be hearing a lot of different gear in different systems and deciding what sounds best to you, and of course you have to stay within budget. I also always buy used.
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I ended up buying the Bryston 4B SST and was disappointed with the pairing. I could hear faint white noise from the speakers when there was no volume and a faint hum coming from the amp when it was powered on. (maybe this is attributed to the amps age?). Also found that the bass wasn't nearly as tight as the Rotel and that the mid range was sort of muffled. On top of that the highs were way too bright. Luckily the guy is allowing me to return the amp.
The gain on the Rotel amp is only 26.5 dB for RCA inputs and a very low 22.5 dB for the XLR. These are very low levels. The typical gain for amps is usually somewhere between 28 and 32 dB. This just means that you have to turn up the preamp more to provide enough signal level to get the loudness you want. There’s nothing wrong with this other than user convenience. Many preamps actually work better when the volume is turned up higher (the internal gain circuit works better).
That being said, the Rotel amps have very good resolution with just a bit of a warm signature. I actually thought they sounded very nice with the B&W speakers you havhave. The older Krell 2250 could come across a bit bright/harsh.
@auxinput with the gain so low doesn't that mean I won't get as high of a volume compared to another amp because there is less volume to play with?
And yes, the more I have been thinking about it, the happier I am with getting the Rotel over anything else. It's a good match to my current system and speakers.
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