Years ago (aound 1991 or so) I heard the Extrema's powered by a big Gryphon class A amplifier, and it was a really good match. Hopefully other owners of the speakers will chime in. Good luck in your quest.
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I know someone who owns Extremas and uses Pass Labs (also big SS amps operating largely in Class A). I also know someone who uses Burmester.
I used to own SF Guarneris and Stradivaris...and agree with Rcprince. I owned them with Gryphon Antileon.
That said, the Extrema is quite different from Antileon...Why did you not like Krell/ML? That might help us understand what you are looking for (at least by understand what you were missing or what you objected to in their sound).
The Extremas sound best with high powered solid state amps?
Which Krell and Levinson amps did you hear them on?
I would think they would sound good on the Extremas?
I also heard the Extremas with Meridian amps at the Stereophile show in 96.
I heard two 557 amps bridged which were like 600 watts on the Extremas. This system sounded so rich and sweet.
The bass was fast and tight.
Sorry...for clarity's sake, i meant to type "...the Extrema is quite different from the Stradivari". i was referring to the fact that the Gryphon Antileon and Strad worked very well together. I do think the Extrema is slightly different as with the rest of that generation Sonus Faber. Still think Gryphon would be excellent, but note the differences in the 'voice' of the 2 speakers.
Thf99, how do you like the Skaaning midbase on the Extremas? The Skaaning midbase on the Extremas is a Carbon Fiber Polypropelene midbase. This is the best sounding midbase I ever heard. It has a richness that no other midbase has. I like it better then the new Skaaning midbases which are 100 percent Polypropelene.