Decent amp for under £2k?
I'm sure this has been done to death, but times change so here goes
I'm looking for a decent amp for under £2k to drive a pair of B&W DM605 S2 speakers. My main sources are an Arcam CD23 FMJ and a Logitech Transporter (playing uncompressed 44.1/16 ripped from CD or 96/24 and 192/24 from download).
Truth be told I could do with upgrading the lot, but that will have to wait for another day. And the powered woofers in the 605s do produce wondefully tight and visceral bass.
I've got fairly wide tastes in music (everything from Laura Marling / Diana Krall to Led Zeppelin / Rolling Stones) so a good all-rounder is preferred.
The job was filled by a NAD 319 which recently died. I was never blown away with the NAD though and really should have sold it. The high end was a bit harsh (not helped by metal domed tweeters) and it didn't cope with busy passages at all well. It was an impulse buy during the sales, but that's another story.
Based on reviews and forum postings I've got a shortlist of three to audition; Creek Destiny 2, Naim Nait XS and Roksan Caspian M2.
Are there any others I should add to the mix? The Musical Fidelity M6i gets a lot of praise but it's around £500 above my budget.
I'm going to have to travel some distance to listen to the Creek, so is there any reason I shouldn't bother? Apart from the relative sonic merits, it seems that Creek kit built in China is not so reliable. I'm guessing the Destiny 2 is built in the UK and should fare better
£2k might be more than I need to spend to drive speakers which cost £1400 when I bought them, but I'm sure it won't be too long before I'll need to replace those too
Thanks in advance.