Ayre V5-Xe or Jeff Rowland 201 Mono Blocks?
I just wanted to get some input from anyone willing. I am trying to decide between the Ayre V5-Xe or a pair of Jeff Rowland's 201 mono blocks. I feel somewhat foolish as I have already owned the Ayre amp, but sold all of my expensive components except my Thiel 2.4SB speakers. Now I find after I just turned 55 that I am itching to get back into the high-end stuff as I miss it greatly. As mentioned I have the Thiel 2.4SB speakers and the MCSC-1 Center from Thiel as well. For my source I am running the Oppo UDP-205 with balanced AQ Niagra IC's. If I go with the Ayre again I am looking at the Ayre K5-XeMP Pre-amp. If I go with the Jeff Rowland's I will end up buying a matching Jeff Rowland pre-amp.
So what do you say?, the Ayre is a Black V5-Xe for $2,750 or the Jeff Rowland's 201's for $2,729? I appreciate all of your input!