Give the NAD M22v2 a look. It's 300 wpc at 8 ohms. I use mine with a Herron tube pre-amp and Tannoy DC8Ti speakers, sounds good to my ears. You can find a used NAD in the $2,500 range.
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I would also submit that the Aegirs would heat up and possibly shut down occasionally as they are not recommended for 4 ohm loads when running as monoblocks.
I've been on an audio journey the last 3 or so years. I owned the C326BEE, the C356BEE and the C375BEE.(the big let down of the NAD line is the pre amp sections are weak) Also some Adcom amps and the Parasound P5, after selling the A21 and P7 to start over. I went through too many speakers from Tannoy, Paradigm and Totem Acoustic to mention.
I will give a vote of confidence to Schiit Audio. Their stuff isn't just good for the money. Their Freya+ and Multibit dacs are shockingly excellent sounding period. I would get you to change up your plan and replace the Nad.
Get a Schiit Freya+ and either the Vidar or Aegir, depending on the speakers you decide on. You'll be way under the 3000 budget and your ears will thank you. You'd also need the Mani phono pre. Or, if you're going to get efficient speakers above 93db or so, the Ragnarok integrated with phono built in would be an option.
The LRS speakers need to be placed at least 3 feet away from any walls. The LS50 are somewhat bright sounding, depending on speaker cables. I like your idea of cycling in speakers, it's what I ended up doing. Any of the speakers on your list could work depending on the provisos I mentioned.
The wharfedales have positive reviews everywhere I read. They also go well with tube amps. I’ve owned many a wharfedale and they all sounded great. My latest pairing before going to the big time (at least to me) was the diamond 225’s combined with the marantz reference pm14s1 integrated, fantastic combination. I’m a Sugden class A and Tannoy guy now, but still retain my wharfies/marantz. A great pairing would be the lintons and the rogue sphinx v3.....combine this with a tubed outboard phono stage and a Tubed dac such as the jolida glass dac and it would sound great. The sphinx has a Tubed preamp stage combined with class D amp. The rogue goes well with lots of speakers and is a very well equipped integrated for the money. As a side note, me personally would upgrade the turntable to achieve better sound quality. That red cartridge is not all that great either and can be improved upon. But of course if u are happy, then it's a moot point. Just a sugestion and not a slight in any way....