correction to my last. It's 103 Db A-weibhted s/n not 105. I have since gotten an XLS1500 to drive my VR-2 speakers in another room, sounds great.
The Audio magazine world is full of suspect reviews because frankly the high end expensive equipment advertisements pay a large portion of the bills. Even when not so influenced we all tend to have prejudices and illusions and so do reviewers, who often are ignorant of new equipment requirements and proper matching.
Class D type amps appear to be the future for most of us now. They have truly begun to compete with much more expensive to make equipment. They will only get better in the future.
There is a blog started by a young magazine reviewer, Andrew Robinson, who seems to have run into some negative industrial pressure in the end?
Its a good and interesting read. He discovers more about the amps as he goes along and so do others: