How the amps mate to your speakers will be the defining issue....the damping factor. Try both, then decide.
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Not necessarily, my comment is mostly because I upgraded from a CAV50 to Snappers for power to my Thiel 2.4s and the result has been a very positive game changer. If I could afford CJ's top of the line monoblocks, I am sure that would be an upgrade to the Snappers. How they would compare to Manleys top of the line NeoClassic 500 watt monos is where it might get interesting, but this is all speculation. One thing I will say is that, the Snappers are a great deal quieter in the transformer hum area; Manley makes their own trannies and perhaps has an advantage of tighter quality control in this area. The build quality of CJ is up there with the best, no doubt. Also, it may be a bit unfair a comparison because of the power differences, but there is more tube lushness with that particular CJ; the Snappers (and the Chinook and Jumbo Shrimp) are more "solid state" in that the music is quicker and, especially for rock, this makes for a more coherent presentation in the timing of the music. In general, I feel lucky to live in a country where high quality manufacturers like CJ and Manley are doing what they do best, making great music generating gear and helping to keep working families employed. So in that context, I would not place Manely "above" CJ, but in the immediate context of my system, this switch on componentry has made a huge sonic improvement. And with regard to providing more power to the Thiels, I can hear Unsound saying, "told ya so." ;-)