Thank you all for your responses! I will look at some tube gear as suggested before I consider abandoning these speakers, and will them take the info on cables. Thanks again.
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Good idea, try the tube route first. Cables will only give a very small change and it sounds like you need more than a very small tweek.
Cary and Quicksilver tube amps tend to be more forgiving in the midrange. Audio Research and CJ's tend to be a little more analytical. These are just generalizations.
I'm running 1027be's with SimAudio i7. Great synergy, no need to tame any hf problems. Cables are Analysis Plus speaker cable and Acoustic Zen Matrix Balanced Interconnects. Also auditioned extensively at home with: Pass Labs 150.5 (almost got this over the Sim), Spectron Musician III (no synergy, flabby bass with the 1027be), MasterSound 845 Integrated(great pairing with the Focals but too hot in my climate). MF KW550 (lots of power but no emotion paired with the 1027be's), Cary CAD 200 (cant even remember now what it sounded like but didnt do anything for me obviously!), Sim W7 (excellent but more than I wanted to pay). Preamps listened to were a combination of Cary SLP 98/SLP03/SLP05, Herron, Sim P7 and Pass X1. After all of that, the i7 came out on top for ease of use, great tonal balance, power and grace when paired with the Focal 1027be. Good luck!
I'm running 1037BE with Levinson 335. There is absolutely no edge in the treble region at all. Previously I've used B&W N804 and Revel M20. They both utilize aluminum dome tweeters. Compared to the previous speakers that I've used, BE tweeters are absolutely clear sounding that does not give any hint that the tweeters are made of metal. I understand silk dome tweeters can sound more delicate, but now we are talking preference. To my ears BE tweeters sound great. They are fast and articulate but they don't sound hard or edgy.