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The two amps you suggested (and others mentioned) are going to sound the same within their operating limits. More power is a good thing, but the power ranges in play here will only make a difference by a decibel or two.
I like all of the options mentioned, but don't be deceived into thinking any of the nominees (yours or others) are going to make a large difference in sound quality, because they're not. (I mean, how would they?) Interface and aesthetics are important too (meaning look and feel), so you might consider whether you like the Cambridge's digital display versus the NAD's old-school look. They're both pretty simple boxes.
What I really like about the NAD line are its plug-in input modules, which allow you to add a DAC or a phono stage. Very cool. Unfortunately, I think you have to move up to the C 356BEE to get that feature.