Hi guys, Due to my Mum downsizing I've been offered my late Dad's Castle Kendals (his pride & joy) and am looking to pick an amp that would pair well with them......and as I normally listen to music via headphones & a dedicated headphone amp this isn't an area I have much knowledge of, so hoping to get a bit of advice regarding some potential candidates! I've not been able to find much info about these speakers online but according to the sticker on the back they are rated 8 ohms, 87db sensitivity and 100w. Some reports suggest that they will accept between 25-100w RMS per channel and a review noted they benefit from warm 'ancillaries'. Most impressions I've read of these speakers suggest that they are a bit lacking in the bass department (quality rather than quantity), quite forward sounding, musical and noted for their clarity and from what I've heard of them that seems a fair appraisal. At the moment they are paired with a very old (30yrs+) Yamaha RX-300 receiver (33w per channel I think) that is sadly on its last legs, hence the new purchase. However, I'm pretty happy with the overall sound this set up produces and the volume is perfectly fine for my smallish lounge. In terms of a budget I'd like to spend somewhere in the region of £200-250 ideally, but could possibly stretch to £300-350 if there is something in that range that would provide a much better pairing. I don't mind buying from the classifieds if I'd get more bang for my buck, but would prefer not to buy something too old. I tend to listen to indie, rock, acoustic, the odd bit of classical and dance. In terms of my listening preferences I'm used to a using a variety of tubes with my headphone amp and lean towards smoothness, musicality with a bit of 'romanticism' (but not sickly sweet) and vocals with some warmth / emotion to them. I don't like a cold analytical sound, too much treble bias or muddy bass. I don't know anything about the respective brands 'house sound' but a few amps that fit within my price range and available locally I can audition (sadly I can't get the speakers to the store though) are the Yamaha A-S300 & A-S500, Marantz PM6004 & the Rotel R-A10 but the latter is a more expensive option. If push comes to shove though I don't mind buying blind if there is another amp that is likely to pair better with them. Other points to mention. A remote and optical in would both be nice but neither are essential nor are tone controls as I generally tend to avoid them. With regards to wattage what do you gain by going for something with a higher watts per channel output? Higher overall volume level or are there other benefits / drawbacks? Any recommendations (esp. from those familiar with the Castle range) would be greatly appreciated. If you need any more info please just ask. Thanks!