Coincident, any model that suits your budget & listening space sure worked for me.
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Hedgehog- I'm a very happy owner of an SLI-80 myself. I'm in a room slightly larger than yours, driving a very inefficient pair of Revel F-30 speakers to magnificent effect. Prior to owning the Cary I was driving the Revels with a Pass X-250 amp- a monster. When I decided to sell the Pass Preamp and Amp I was using, I knew I'd have to sell the Revels as well- surely the Cary could'nt drive 'em.
Bullshit. I have been absolutely amazed at the SLI-80. I use it in TRIODE mode, and it drives the hell out of the Revels- with better imaging than I've ever had in that room.
I've been in this hobby for a long time, and I've never seen a better bargain than the Cary- as you'll probably agree.
Moral of the story? Don't be afraid of "inefficient" speakers with the Cary in your room size. Audition speakers, buy what you like. For me, the Revel/Cary combo is an unlikely but blissful union.
Thanks, for the input guys. My wife has decided that she NEEDS me to buy her a CDP before I get new speakers...she doesn't want to futz with the turntable. I can't wait to hear the amp with some quality monitors.
After some 20-30 hours of operation, the 80 is sounding pretty darn sweet. It compares very favorably with my previous VTL TL2.5/ST-150 setup, which cost over double at retail.