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Harbeth 40.1 vs Sonus Faber Olympia III
I agree with djfst that the 40.1’s don’t need a lot of power. I’ve driven mine with as little as 32 wpc tube amp (VAC 30/30). You ARC Ref 75 SE will be fine.  I'm currently using a Music Reference RM9 MK2 EL34 based tube amp rated at 125 wpc.   
Harbeth 40.1 vs Sonus Faber Olympia III
I owned the 40.1's about 8 years ago and foolishly sold them to try something "different".   Now I'm on my second pair of 40.1's after learning my lesson.   Your room is similar to mine, so you should have no problems.  They sound great with solid... 
Tube vendor recommendations?
Tube Audio Store (RAM tubes) and Brent Jessee.  Not a fan of Upscale Audio for reasons previously mentioned.  Vintage Tube Services has excellent quality tubes, but you must be willing to wait several weeks to get your tubes. 
Aesthetic preamp
I've owned a Calypso and currently own the Calypso Signature.  Both units have provided many years of trouble free musical bliss.   
McIntosh MC 275 Mark VI
I've owned both MC275 MKV and Harbeth SHL5's, although not together.  The MC275 MKV was one of my top 5 favorite amps.   Highly recommended.  I think pairing the Harbeth's with the MKV and C-2300 would be a very nice combo.   More than enough powe... 
Black Cat Speaker Cables
Changed my mind.  I'm keeping the Silverstar.  If anyone needs a 1.23 meter Veloce, shoot me a pm. 
Black Cat Speaker Cables
I agree with jl35... both cables are similar with the edge going to the Silverstar.   The Silverstar has less grain and is more refined.  I'm keeping the Veloce, because I needed the longer cable, so my 1/2 meter Silverstar is available, unless so... 
System Rebuild
communique1,My current room is 14' wide x 26' long x 7.5' high.   In my previous stint with 40.1's my room was 16' x 20' x 7'.  Both rooms where finished basements and had modest room treatments from GIK. 
System Rebuild
Based upon your criteria, Harbeth M-40.1's are a great choice.   I owned them about 9 years ago and foolishly sold them to try something different.   I bought another pair about 3 years ago and they are here to stay.  They'll sound great with your... 
Black Cat Speaker Cables
I just purchased a longer 1.23 meter Veloce to replace my .5 meter Silverstar, as I needed a longer cable.  The Veloce should arrive by mid-late next week, so I should be able to compare the two.  The Silverstar is great, so I'm expecting the same... 
Upgrade to AMR DP-777 SE or look elsewhere
If you were happy with the DAC before it broke, I'd fix it. 
The Music Room
Excellent service, packaging and return policy.  Enthusiastically recommended! 
tubes and current
VAC Renaissance 30/30 MK3 can be had used for around $3K.   It has four 300B tubes in push-pull configuration, generating 32 very strong wpc.  I've been using a 30/30 Signature to drive my large Harbeth M-40.1's with good results.  The amp generat... 
tubes and current
VAC Renaissance 30/30 MK3 can be had used for around $3K.   It has four 300B tubes in push-pull configuration, generating 32 very strong wpc.  I've been using a 30/30 Signature to drive my large Harbeth M-40.1's with good results.  The amp generat... 
Looking for a warm sweet speaker
There's a nice pair of Harbeth M-40.1's under your budget listed on Audio Mart and located in Michigan.  This is my desert island speaker.  Very easy to drive, full bodied, warm, yet detailed.https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649442789-harbeth-4...