I have a solid state amp and tube pre-amp (ARC LS-15) with 802 matrix IIIs. I love what the tubes did in smoothing out the highs compared to ss pre-amps I tried. ARC pairs up pretty well with B&Ws.
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If you're talking about the Nautilus 803's, make sure you get an
amp with enough power to drive them. I think Plinius and Classe'
amps work well with B & W because they are warm enough to tame the high end, which can be fatiguing with B & W speakers.
I would shy away from tubes with B & W because they tend to
be inefficient and hard to drive. But, with the right amp, the N803's
can sound great. I heard them with a Plinius SA 250Mark IV and
they sounded great. I don't think the Rotel would do them justice.
Just my opinion.
Doodle... I have an ARC 100.2 ss amp driving 802 Matrix IIIs. Definitely go with a ss amp for the B&Ws to get the most out of them, but I strongly recommend a tubed preamp based on extensive auditioning. I have heard Nautilus 802s with a similar combination (Conrad Johnson pre) and the sound was great. I would get the best electronics you can on the used market if necessary to match with your speakers, I agree that the Rotel probably won't bring out the best in your speakers.