Rega Brio $700 new.
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Anthem INT-225 is a REAL SLEEPER!.. I went and listened to one and I was SHOCKED at how good it SOUNDED and NOT just for the PRICE!.. This solid-state amp sounded more like a really good TUBE amp!. I liked this amp better than the very very high priced Mcintosh amp I also heard there. You can get one of these on the used market for around $1000 or $1100....Major-Bang-For-Your-BUCK!...
I don't know the Kef's sensitivity, but if they are 88 or higher, you can pick up a Audio Refinement Complete in the $500.00 range. Anyone that has sat in front of a complete will tell you "What a nice surprise". I owned one at one time and have regretted selling it. I came back to seperates. The Complete was better than many seperates that I have owned.
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For new integrateds, I narrowed it down to NAD C326BEE and Cambridge 550A or 650A. If I weren't an audiophile, I'd go buy one of these and live happily ever after. But the audiophile in me wants more. I worry that any of these three choices would struggle with the bass in the three-way KEFs.
Seems like I may have to buy used in order to get more power within my budget (<$1,000). The NAD C372 has lots of power, but seems to have a rep for blowing up and / or damaging speakers. Used pre/pow combos like a Rotel RC/RB-1070 might fit the bill.
One refinement in the requirements: I want inputs selectable by the remote, so I don't have to get up every time I switch from cable to dvd to Roku.