Well, if you like liquid sounds, do try the Ayre K1x... Not sure you can find better for that ! Plus a great match for the V5-x, obviously.
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Vinnyd: I heard the Avalon Ascendants with ARC tubes and Spectral solid state: Spectral all the way, and it was not even close. I am not saying other electronics wouldn't work but for the money solid state for Avalon. I have tried my ARC tube electronics with my Avalon Radians, did not sound that lively conpared to my Spectral stuff.
Have any of you tried matching the latest version of Ascendants with Accuphase A class amplifiers (E-550/A-30)? What's other solid state brands do you recommend in range of 4-6k $ (new stuff only)? I heard a lot about synergy with Ayre (any experience with V-5xe?)? I'm definitely not interested in Spectral, nor tube gear.