I have been pushing Focal 1037's with a Bat Integrated. I would like to upgrade to separates. I haven't a lot of knowledge as to were to go with today's amps / preamps. I have read a lot and tend to think that a Pass x250.5 and the new model 10 pre could be a good decision. Would McIntosh or others be a better choice? I'm in an area where you can't demo much ....... The rest of my system consists of:
10-15-09: Phaelon Well, I take it that "bright or shiney" applies to both of your sources so you're probably right to look at your speaker/amp synergy. I've heard a couple of different JM Lab speakers with BAT products and generally liked the sound.
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