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!
Thanks,
David
f1wheels
I vote for Ayre. Zero feedback is a beautiful thing.
They also pair well with Thiel.
B
f1wheels

Looking forward in reading about which way you go on this journey.
Please join us over on the Thiel Owners thread. Ayre is a sonic match for Thiel speakers. Have fun!

Happy Listening!
F1wheels

which did you choose ?
I would not even think twice.  The 201 were sluggish imo.  
F1wheels:  I have the combo you aspire to own (v-5xe /K5-xeMP and am looking to upgrade, which tells you something.  I find the combo to be a little lean IMO.  I can't comment on the Thiel synergy but if you really desire to stick with Ayre why not try and find a used AX-5 twenty for about the same $ (or slightly more)?