ARC SP16 or CJ PV14 or AES AE-3?

I've heard the SP16 and love it. How would the AE-3 or PV14 compare to the SP16? Spending less is better. Thanks.
I had the sp 16 there is nothing that came close for the money although I have never herd the pv14. It was a grate pre the only thing I did not like was the large volume steps but that was not that bothersome.
I found the CJ warm, sweet and overall boring.

Happy Listening.