I too own a V3 and auditioned the Classe before buying it. The Clasee was forward and flat compared to tha Ayre. Even the new Classe gear suffers the same (budy of mine will be putting CA-200 up for sale because of this). I have not heard the BAT and will offer no opinion. The Ayre can be tweaked for better performance. First, get the upgrades! I have all but the ayre-conditioner and found that the upper and lower frequencies were improved. The try to get some heavy duty sobothane feet to put under its rubber feet. They both significantly improve the V3 performance.
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