Originally Posted by ashalc
I use only a processor, the Integra DHC 80.3. When I change The XQ 40 for The Reference 207/2, I realized That I would benefit from changing the amp to a stronger one. Since I can not use mono amp´s I am looking for a stronger stereo amp. I did not know the MSB S200. I will try to research it, since where I live it would be impossible to listen to it.
I replaced my XQ40/XQ50c with 205/2 and 202/2c. I have the Integra 80.3 (not sure I am that happy for music with it) and use a Bryston 4Bsst2 for the 205/2s. Since you are 100% HT and not music I am certain the Mac or Bryston will both work fine. I know from talking to Kef US that the McIntosh mates well with the Reference series. I never found the XQs lacking for HT although my room is only 13'w x 16'd x 9'h. Musically the Reference was a big jump up and I also home auditioned the Revel Ultima Studio2s which were also great. To muddy the water the best amps my contact from Kef said he heard with the Blades were the 28B monos. What are you using for the other channels, speakers and amps?
Main Kef: Reference 205/2 & 202/2c, Surrounds: Kef XQ40, Velodyne Optimum 12, Integra DHC 80.3, Ayre K-5xeMP, Oppo BDP-103, Bryston 4Bsst2, Parasound Halo A31. Second B&W: 685 (3), CCM618, Def Tech Powerfield 1500, Onkyo TX-NR1008, Zone 2 Klipsch AW650.