Thx for all the replies to my questions guys!
I will not be upgrading my speakers since I think getting a good amp will increase the fun I can still get out of my 803N's. The 803D's would be out of my pricerange anyway even if I would sell my current 803's so I won't go that route.
It is very unfortunate about the glue. I know I should have brought it up earlier but I was just so happy after getting these at 30% off that I didn't want to burst my own bubble I guess
Is there any way that this can easily be fixed or would this imply complete speaker and driver disassembly? I will post some pictures to make everything a bit more clear.
Again, I'm not entirely sure if it is completely necessary since they still sound great. I don't think sound is impacted at all by any of this, but still... I like playing them without the cloth so from an optical standpoint, it would be better not to have the glue visible. I'm even wondering whether it would be possible to remove the glue with some kind of dissolvant that would not damage the driver (if this is possible at all...).
Another thing that I am wondering about now is whether this would have been constructed like this in the B&W factories? It looks more like someone (the dealer) had these speakers serviced in some way, no???
The Ayre amps are unfortunately still a bit too costly. So if anyone has any more suggestions that would improve on my current receiver, it would be appreciated.
Thx for all the great help!