Belles 150A Reference or 350A Reference are quite good.
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I have had a Belles Ref. 150A for a few years now and it has been great. I am currently auditioning the Belles Ref.350A and it is even better, more musical, delicate, detailed. I really like it. I have looked at the Pass 250.5 and Sim audio but the size turns me off. I am going to try a VTL 150 this weekend. I have spoken to some people who are very familiar with Belles and the new statement SA-100 is supposed to be nicer than the Ref. 150A. Just some options. PS, my system has gone through some changes, speakers are now Verity Audio Encore, speaker wire Nordost Frey 2m and CDP is the Naim CDX2. Shopping spree.
i too own a magnepan speaker. i find that solid state amplifiers can get a bit intense and may magnify inbalnces in frequency response on many recordings.
why have you given up on tube amps ?
i also have heard some class a amps which are not boat anchors. no, they are 250 watts class a, more like 50 watts, class a. you might consider them.
I listen exclusively to classical (really into Bach and Schutz choral works!}and have the 1.6QR's. I have recently purchased a pair of Cary 500MB's which really seem to me to be ideal with the Maggies. Very sweet and are extremely good in depth of image. These amps really present solists forward, with the chorus behind and elevated. Amazing! I would rate lateral imaging as average. Class AB, about 50lbs each. 1000 watts/channel into 4 Ohms. I'm not doing vinyl currently, so I can't help you on the preamp.
Why all the power? I use 3.6R maggies and can get by with a 75 watt tube amp for about 95% of my listening. Sources are vinyl and CD/SACD. I would suggest you spend a few sessions with one of those Radio Shack SPL meters to get a good idea as to how loud you listen. If it is less than 95db, 50 to 75 watts may be all you need. Sure, if you decide that you gotta have that last 5% loudness, then get a cheap class D pro amp for the party times. Email me if more questions.
An upgraded to Platinum status McCormack DNA-125 will be pretty darn good. Only rated at 125wpc, but with that Piltron transformer, tons of current and could drive the Maggies very well. Mine is the same w/o the Piltron, and boy does it sound good for what the upgrades and used unit cost.
I also second the Karan! A little pricey, one of the best amps though.