At this level you need seriously good matching gear. On your speaker demo short list, would recommend the Rockport Aviors. Am running them with a GAT and a CJ power amp. Delicious....
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Thank you for the recommendations. I have TAD CR-1's, Revel Studio2, Sonus Faber Evolution, and Cornwall III's. I am seriously thinking about trading in the TADs. I plan on hearing the Rockports and Wilson Alexia next month. I am sure my Studio2 will be wonderful but you know how we always want something else. You have a beautiful system. Thanks!
Many thanks . I suspect it will be a close call between the Rockports and the Wilsons. Both outstanding speakers with a different sonic footprint. If you like overall balance and coherence, go with the Aviors or if you prefer a more prominent mid and LFE, the Wilsons may tip the scale. With such outstanding amps , the GAT, IMHO ,has few peers in the remote controlled pre amp category, you are going to be in sonic nirvana no matter what speakers you choose.
I got the ART mono blocks. They are simply sublime with the GAT. There is nothing like tubes done well. I had a GAT almost 2 years ago and sold it. That was one preamp that left an impression on me. I had to get another and always wanted the ART monos. It's a lot of tubes and some maintenance, but oh so worth it.