VTL is a very good bet, unless there are features on the other brands you like that VTL does not have.
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The Rogue Audio Tempest Magnum version easily beats all the competition. Incredible parts quality and a great design. Very neautral with great extension and the frquency extrems with excellent control. Very refinend with excellnt inner detail and dynamics.
I love this thing!
I have compared it with Cary, AR, CJ and VTL. None of these amps could touch it.
Brml, ON TOPIC though just my 2cts worth... I agree w/ Celtic66 on consistency across VTL line. I liked the IT-85 but felt it could use more power (disclaimer: I now have VTL 450s and like them). With your reasonably sensitive speakers, the IT-85 might work well and if looking for more power down the road, you could always add an ST-85 and bi-amp. Otherwise, I found 'Cary sound' to be warm-ish and not tight enough in the bass. I did not find the Jadis Orchestra matched its bigger (and bigger-buck) brothers (across the board of possible comparisons) so reluctant to settle for something so obviously '2nd best'. Can't comment on AR, CJ or Rogue. OFF TOPIC... forgive my ignorance but what is 'adult alternative' music or what would fall into that category? Good luck in choosing,