Why not a VTL amp to match up with your pre?
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I drove the Studio 100 v3s with my McCormack 0.5 Rev. A and had no problem -- they were a great match. If you buy a used McCormack buy it with the A Revision -- a much better amp and a much better value. That said, I'd take a 0.5 Rev. A over a stock DNA-1, as I think the Studios will appreciate and reward the higher quality much more than the increased power. Of course if you can swing the DNA-1 Rev. A...
Can't speak to Bryston yet, but I'm auditioning a 2B SST in my system shortly and will report on character differences w/ my 0.5 if it's helpful.
I am a happy Bryston B100 Integrated owner!Although I like the McCormack DNA 0.5 (which Steve McCormack revised to A status), I feel that the Bryston is just as musical, if not more musical, than the McCormacks. When you throw in a built-in DAC and phono, 20-year warranty, I feel that I have finally found an amplifier that I can simply enjoy the music and forget about audiophile lingo!Not that reviews are to be blindly followed, there is not a single negative or mediocre review of the B100 that I have read! The accolades from audio magazines and reviewers are consistent about the B100's musical virtues!