all are good, the levinson however is a classic, and highly sought after
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As I have a pair of VAs, so I feel I can contribute a bit. I have reviewed several "high-end" integrateds over the years at positive-feedback.com.
Knowing my speakers they way I do, I would suggest you consider the Edge G3 and, if you dare, the YBA Passion Intgre. I think the YBA is a scary good amp, but, mated with the VAs, there could be too much of a good thing....
I wish I could try them now!
I have a pair of Fidelios. I have used them with more then a few amps and two integrated amps. The first was a Cary SLI 80/F1 which was really nice. The second was a Musical Fidelity Tri Vista which was fantastic on all levels. Great detail at low level listening and seemed to put the instruments in the right place. Huge sound stage and never runs out of power. Solid state power with tubes in the pre section. Separate power supply. They made a limited number of them, but they do come up for sale here once and a while. I have found the Fidelios like some horsepower even though they are easy to drive.
I am with you totally on the lack of substance in the Rowland design.The Sim on the other hand is a substantial 70lbs plus and boasts one of the most refined circuits called the Lynx, as well as a plitron based chassis.The Sim does need very good power source and is best suited to upper level cables ( preferably balanced).If you want to own a really high quality piece then this maybe the one for you.Hope this helps Dennis
I know that Jeff Rowland integrated's are designed differently than most. Rowland is able to get more power out without the units weighing tons. I have a customer that manufactures 200w amps for announcement systems...their units weigh very little.
I do know that I've always read great reviews on the Rowland gear. I'd like to take a listen first before I make a choice. Sally