definitely a smoother aounding amp like McIntosh sounds best with the KEF R series. They can sound metallic to some with the wrong amp.
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Sounds like you need a preamp too unless I’m missing something. Not a Mac fan here — I heard the Blade 2 with some top Mac electronics and it was rolled off in the highs, which is not characteristic of Blades at all. You might consider a good integrated from the likes of Vitus or Gryphon that are higher level IMHO and will help flesh out the bottom end while never sounding overly bright with your KEFs. Here are a couple good examples…
Best of luck.
You have to audition the amp with the R7s regardless of the brand. That being said. I would try any of the Hegel line. In fact they have a new integrated amp coming out called the 600. I am sure it is awesome. That being said, the old Hegel 590 should be a really good deal. Any of the Hegel line can push those speakers due to the damping factor. Look at past audio show videos. Kef and Hegel are paired together a lot. Just an option. I hope this helped.