Need a new Class AB SS integrated...$2-3k due to hurricane

Well the same hurricane induced windstorms that took out Lahaina, blew heavy against Oahu and caused crazy power fluctuations that flipped out my lights and appliances and over-surged my surge protectors. One of them went kinda crazy and something got thru and blew out one of my integrateds, the one in my home office. While not a super high end unit, it was these days the one I used the most on a daily basis. After multiple different attempts to reset and looking at the boards, I have concluded its toast and time to get a replacement. I had embarked on that quest a few years ago looking for a decent small footprint unit but Covid, the declining stock market and some house repair needs kind of depleted the discretionary fund. So, now its crunch time as working without music could call serious household strife...I am thinking I am going to move my 2nd system unit to the office, a Marantz PM8005 and get a replacement for it. This means a new SS unit than can drive Kef R300s with a remote. This is the wife’s most used system so it needs to be "easily operated". I was thinking about units like the Belles Aria (which I have heard and liked), maybe the AVA SET 120 which I have read about and was intrigued by, possibly a mid-range Rega unit above the Brio which I heard and liked a few years back,  maybe the Hint6 before I saw current pricing of $4k. I have not heard any Class D amps that I liked so far in my life (rejected, Rogue Sphinx, mINT from W4S, some others I cant remember). So, looking for some ideas, maybe some new stuff I have not heard of? I am getting off island for a bit in late September so I may be able to hear some if I am targeted in my search. No tubes as they are too hot. I want new because the odds of reliability are higher and shipping off island for repairs is a $300-400 round trip cost on top of the acquisition cost so Ill pay more to get new and a warranty. Probably need a minimum of 50 watts with good current. I think the price range is workable for entry level high end though it seems like everything has gone up as I am also looking for a new car and shocked at how little $40k buys you.

Appreciate all input and feedback. Mahalo.


The Belles Aria or the Exposure 2510 should fit the bill. This dealer sells both! BTW, the AVA is nice but the preamp section is passive and if you need a remote it does not have one!

I've traded for a few Belles Arias in the past and they always seem to sound quite nice.  The Rega Elex MK4 is also very good.  Both should be good with your KEFs.

My local KEF dealer pair them with NADs. 

The new NAD C 3050 is very good and I heard it drive Kef Reference 3 Meta beautifully (I've heard the LE edition but the Non LE edition is pretty much identical)

I've heard also NAD C700 with LS50 Meta. Also a good pairing. 

There are very good new class D amps that are not named Aavik at your price range. 

At your price range you could consider either Cabasse Abyss or Teac AX-505. 

Love my Simaudio Moon 340i D3PX . Great match with my newly purchased Salk Sound BePure 1 monitors. First 5 watts are class A.