I am looking for an amp for an old set of Nautilus 805.
I am building a system for a new small office: 9ft x 12ft with 8ft ceiling, wooden floor. Here are a couple of pictures to give you an idea of the layout: https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A35CmvASDC96v
I now have the B&W Nautilus 805’s from another room to save some money from buying new speakers and got some Energy 5.1’s for there temporarily. So, now I have the 805’s, a Schiit Mjolnir headphone amp (which is all balanced and has Pre outs as well) and the Audeze LCD-X headphones. I have a Marantz NA7004, which I mainly use as a DAC, that I got at a really nice price. I use a MacBook Pro for source (24/192 usually). I’m currently powering the 805’s from an old Pioneer Elite VSX-36TX I had laying around. That’s 100W @ 8Ω. The 805’s have a recommendation for 50W-120W amp. This is a fine amp and the speakers sound great, but it’s really a receiver, not a dedicated audio amp and I’ll eventually use it for a patio setup in the summer. So, I’m looking to buy a stereo amp for this room, which will be used more around the year, rather than buy something for the patio.
Here are a couple of options I’m considering:
1. Emotiva monoblocks like the XPA-1 and use the Mjolnir as a preamp - all balanced. This will give me 60W of pure class A, if I switch it to that.
2. Marantz PM8005. This has an output of 70W.
Since I’ve never heard a class A amp on speakers, I wanted to ask your opinion on what difference that would make in my case. And is it worth going the monoblock route, separates or integrated? Whatever else you may want to suggest, I’m all ears (and eyes).
Thanks for any advice you can provide.
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