Both manufacturers are very helpful. Why don't you start with their thoughts?
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Dtwomey, both manufacturers claim that their products are compatible, but both add the caution that they are not familiar with the other's specific product. I was hoping that the Audiogon community could provide a little more critical insight. To your point, the manufacturers are a good starting point.
My old system consisted of An Audio Research SP14 and Rowland Model 7 monoblocks, playing thru ML Sequel II's. I thought it sounded pretty darn good at the time. I never again heard such control of those speakers with any other amp. I changed to Audio Research's classic 120's. I'm sure there will be someone else who owns these two pieces, who can chime in?
In response to Statman...I own Rowland gear, and a lot of it. Some people say it's a bit mellow; I don't find that at all...but MLs tend towards brightness, especially the hybrids with lesser amps. If you don't already own MLs, check out the Sound Labs...A3s or A1s or even U1s...with a pair of Rowland 7s the sound is positively jaw-dropping. I'm not surprised Statman changed to ARs, I used to have them (Classic 60s) and they sounded rolled-off to me...a nice compliment to MLs though.
Well the Rowland gear is GREAT I own a pair of Ascents and run it with a Mark Levinson 335 power amp and a Mark Levinson 39 cdplayer and it sounds great. I didnt care for the rowland Martin Logan combo but they are both great products. And it is all up to your ears not mine or anyone elses. Good luck. I might be selling my Ascents if anyone is interested? They are 5 weeks old. I am moving into a smaller room. They are one of the best speakers to come from Martin Logan yet.