You have to drag your 1700 to each shop with you! It's not fair to compare an Integra to a Mac.
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i full realize that the comparison is not fair....i am trying to figure out what it is i liked about these seemingly very different speakers and how they reproduce music...That way, when i do finally upgrade my amplifier and use the yamaha as a pre/pro i will be "happy". I question extricating my receiver from it birds nest of cables and dragging it around...there are to many other variables in the equation..(interconnects, cables, room conditions etc..) Although the process is fun, I guess you can never be sure until things are set up in my home environment.
I am of the impression that these speakers are not overly forward and are easy to listen to...
I previously owned the Dali Ikon 6, used several integrateds with it: NAD 315bee, Creek Destiny and Jolida 202A. Best sound came from the Destiny, although I had to switch to warm interconnects to get the highs to settle down. It was truly excpetional for jazz, classical and even pop music. The 40 watts from the EL-34 based Jolida sounded sweet and involving, although with less detail compared to the Destiny. I initially auditioned the Ikon 6 with Rogue KT-88 based monoblock amps, had the best bass response, and had the warm, involving sound I was looking for.
I'd go with Kats suggestion, demo (I'd go with the Dali and B&W) speakers at home, you'll find the right speaker for you faster this way. Good luck.