A used BAT VK-300x would be under $4000. If you're into vinyl, add a phono module, and I think you would be done for a very long time.
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For a good match from both a power and tone perspective, I'd look into either the LFD Zero LE III, or the Blue Circle Audio DAR (or the FtTH if you can find one used). Both pieces will work sublimely with the Winds.
Now, if you want a more "tell it like it is" presentation, with only a touch of warmth, scour audiogon for a used McIntosh MA6600.
If you are the patient sort and are lucky enough to have an AMR dealer close by, I'd suggest waiting up for AMR's new integrated, the 777, to start hitting the shelves. Their current products make for a splendid match with The Winds. The only problem is that they cost nearly as much as a new car. The latest stuff is quite a bit more attainable.
Good luck in the hunt!
Art Dudley was wowed by the Winds with Bryston at the Montreal show. Bryston makes an integrated, though I am not sure if it incorporates the latest upgrades they have made to their standalone power amps. Today's Bryston sound is not the Bryston of old and the brand had a lot of momentum with their new amps and fabulous digital products.
I had the VSI-55 and found it had a great 3d picture and great bass authority. I eventually found that I wasn't listening to the cd's in my collection that have great vocals, soloists, or small jazz.
I think it had to do with a slight lack of midrange texture that I find important. I changed the stock tubes and it was better still a little cool. I decided to change it for another amp.
I think it is a very fine amp but it didn't have the mids and the transparency I wanted. Perhaps a mismatch in my system. You can pick up a slightly used vsi-55 for around 2k. I've heard the better ARC reference stuff in a few systems and was very impressed with all aspects.
i owned the vsi55 & agree w/all the comments posted recently,,,,alittle hot on the top end & lacking midrange texture, great bass & drive though.......all in all a little dry & not quite 20/20 vision if you know what i'm trying to relate. a cary sli-80 walks all over it for musicality & refinement however probably doesn't have the horsepower req'd for totems. perhaps a bat integrated?
Well after much debate i have made up my mind. I will be stearing away from the tubes just because of lack of power. I have opted to go with a Bryston Bp 26 with dac incorporated and Bryston's 4b sst square. Thanks for all the patients and knowledge to the forums on audiogon. I should get the 4B sst in about 2 weeks and will keep you updated. Thanks again to everyone.