I recently bought a pair of CEntrance MasterClass 2504 near-field monitors to use in my computer setup because they were a great deal on Massdrop ($175 for the speakers and a pair of CEntrance Reserve speaker cables thrown in free). These speakers are rated at 25 WPC @ 4 Ohms. I was wondering if anyone knew any good amps that would pair well with small 4 ohm speakers such as these. Other than the given power requirements, these are some things I need/want:
I want a solid state amp. My headphone amp is already tube (Woo Audio WA7), and I have it on for hours every day. I'm a college student and don't want to worry about having to pay for replacement tubes on even more gear. Not only that, I often leave my speakers on for very long amounts of time, even when not in use, so it just makes more sense for me to have a solid state amp for my computer setup.
I don't need a ton of inputs, but it does need at least one analog (unbalanced) input to accept the signal from my Woo's DAC (unless you recommend an amp with a DAC that can outperform that which is built into my headamp). I'm going to eventually upgrade my DAC, but for now, there are other parts of my system that need upgrades. I wouldn't mind having a balance input in case I ever get a balanced DAC, but that's not a priority at the moment.
I also use my computer for watching movies/TV, as well as gaming, so I will probably eventually add a subwoofer to the setup (maybe a NHT Super 8, unless someone has a better recommendation; I also looked at a Velodyne MiniVee, but I think that's an overkill). That said, I want a preamp output or subwoofer output. It's too bad you don't often see the ability to turn this output off to quickly pull the sub out of the setup, but oh well.
A headphone output isn't necessary, but I wouldn't mind having one so that I could get a good quality headphone sound without needing to use my Woo's tubes for things where sound quality isn't quite as important as music and high quality video.
I would prefer to have an integrated amp over having separates due to space constraints, but if someone suggests separates that aren't huge, I'll consider it.
Sorry for all of the specifics, and thanks in advance!