Audio Research Ref 5se is a great combo with Dag amps. Tested them in house. Best of tubes and solid state.
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First your Aviors are fantastic speakers. I assume you have them properly set up and your room treated if necessary?
I've heard my dealers Aviors with a Nagra Jazz tube pre and a Nagra Classic (ss) amp. Absolutely fantastic. Transparent cabling.
My Rockport Altairs sing with my Robert Koda K10 and Ayre MXR's. Again Transparent cabling.
Not sure what cabling you're using...but this maybe be a key ingredient with your Rockports...
You guys are breathing air at a higher altitude than me, but what is the problem with the D'Agostino Pre, apart from price of course?
I have heard the D'Agostino amps on a number of occasions and the best demo I have ever heard was his Pre and Monoblocks with Wilson Alexia speakers and I am not a Wilson fan. People were looking at each other, wide eyed with awed astonishment. I am sure better systems exist, but I haven't heard them and I have heard more expensive ones with Magico speakers and Dartzeel amps, for example, I really did'nt like.
I use a Krell two box Phantom preamp with my Momentum amp with incredible results. I would think the one box version(222) would excel as well. I was actually guided to my unit by a top Agostino employee when I inquired as to what Krell preamp of recent past was really special. The Phantom has looks, ergonomics and superb sound. FWIW the dealer I bought it from suggested that the ARC Ref 5 wasn't in the same class and he's an ARC dealer. FWIW.