I use a Levinson 331 with the vk5i and love it. If you want more power, try the 332 or 333. Good luck!
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Although I am a happy user of a VK-500, I think that I would recommend the Plinius, as most bang for the buck. With plinius, you may want to read up on the differences between different Mk. versions of the amps before deciding.
Disclaimer: I admit that I have listened to more BAT and Plinius gear than Levinson and Classe. I also have not listened to Arial's. They may indeed have a Levinson synergy.
Sorry about not getting back to this until now. Thanks for all the advice! I like Bat and I'll probably end up with a vk51se preamp someday, but I'm not brave enough for a tube amp and Bat's solid state amps are very good- but not great...just my opinion. That leaves me with Plinius and Mark Levinson... I'm stuck between the Plinius sa250 mkIV and the Mark Levinson 336. I've been researching both. How is the dependability of both these amps? Also, how hot does the Mark Levinson 336 get?
Thanks for all the responses. Larryken-yes, I'm using nos tubes in my preamp-click on my system to see. They made a tremendous difference in sound. More dynamics, detail, clarity... almost like a component upgrade. Eldo1968- How hot does your amp get? Does running class A reduce the longevity of an amp? Beemer-How hot does the ML336 run? How's the dependability of the 336? Thanks again all! Stan