You don't mention specifically what bat gear you have but B&W is usually a terrible match for tube amps (assuming that's what you've got). Ralph at Atma Sphere (all tube stuff) claims it is one of a handful of incompatible speakers for his equipment. For grins I once hooked a pair of 804's up to an Audio Research amp and the sound that came out was not good. I can still hear it in my head. However with a SS amp and tube pre you could be in business.