I also have an "asymetrical" configuration in my combo 2-channel/HT system (in which I also have an Oppo 93, BTW). It has never been an issue, provided the channel balances are properly set. Even when listening to MCH SACDs, I have not been bothered by any inconsistancies in the sound from the various channels. That said, I do have a 3-channel amp for the front three speakers, and all but the back surround channel speakers are matched, sonically, from the same manufacturer. Also, all the amps (the 3-channel amp and the rear channel amps - inside my AVR) are all SS. I do have a McIntosh tube preamp, however, so I understand your desire for the Mc tube sound. My complete system is listed in the virtual system section.
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