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Help on choosing compact all-in-one stereo amplifier


I plan to buy a all-in-one compact stereo amplifier to replace my current NAD D7050.
My main concern is to gain more 'musicality' and 'warm' as I find the nad sounds too neutral/digital with my speakers (Jean-Marie Reynaud EMP2)

I need a compact (<30cm depth) and WAF (remote compliant and ease of use) amplifier.
I need only digital inputs: optical/hdmi for TV and optical/coax for volumio if the ampdoesn't have streamer features

My short list:
  • Naim Atom
  • Bluesound powernode 2i
  • Sonos amp
  • Teac Ax-505
  • Nuprime IDA 8
  • Nad M10
  • rega brio r + dac => EDIT: depth > 30cm, NO GO

Naim and rega are AB class amplifiers with 'english' sounds, so I guess they should perform well.
Bluesound (and sonos) have very good reviews, and incredibly value for budget... but I guess they will sound to much like my nad.

The naim is my favorite right now, but I feel like paying a lot for it's design and screen.

Any advices ?
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