The MBLs love power,thus their designed amps (high watts).This issue has been discussed in many reviews and holds true from my experience setting them up at a dealers' showroom.
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For some time I owned an ASR Emitter II Exclusive with Soundlab A1s. A good friend who heard the system - fed by an Audio Research CD7 or a Nagra CDP - liked it a lot and later bough both pieces from me when I had to change the speakers. He loves ancient music, specially Renaissance polyphony, and considered that this system was the most life like he could have in a domestic system.
I do not have experience with the new MBL 101s, but the old 101b sounded thin with the ASR Emitter II Exclusive. The problem with the MBLs is not only power, it is that they need a special type of power ...
BTW, I now have the new A1 Px's.