Replacement Amplifier Recommendations for 80's Speakers.
Hope this post finds you all well, I am new to these forums but an old head with respect to HiFi...
Current set-up is a Marantz PM6010 OSE integrated amplifier driving Celestion SL6S speakers on Custom Design stands, interconnected by QED Silver special 25th anniversary edition, the source is predominently from a Squeezebox II using an external DAC.
My musical tastes are varied, from modern electronic music, to modern jazz, The Beatles, 80's and Kate Bush, quite a heady mix I know!
The amplifier is beginning to show it's age and is now exhibiting an intermittent problem where the right channel disappears, the only way to cure it is by having Source Direct on (normal operation for me!) and the speaker balance knob fully to the right, with this in mind I am now contemplating replacing it.
I am aware that the Celestion SL6's are not the most easy to drive units in the modern World, so an amplifier with some oomph is required current wise, but I would like the oomph with finesse, I have an approximate budget of £200 - £500 for the amplifier, and I have no real allegiances to manufacturers.
For historical references, I have had in the past amplifier wise some Quad II monoblocks with the Quad 22 pre-amp (worse mistake getting rid of them) and a Cambridge Intergrated way back in the 80's, all been paired with the same old trusty Celestions
Any help in sourcing an amplifier that will pair up with the Celestions would be greatly appreciated, I have been looking at the usual suspects like Music Fidelity, Arcam, Cambridge, Marantz, etc and I am not averse if needs be in purchasing a good 2nd hand amplifier if it fits the bill.
Many thanks in advance,