I had the same issue when I moved from the USA to France; see my previous post on this subject. The solution was relatively simple for me. My B&W N801 speakers went into storage and I took the N805 speakers with me. Ran them from a Pioneer Elite M91 power amp and step down conditioner/transformer. Same withe the rest of the system. Eventually upgraded to a Krell KSA-250 power amp (changed the transformer taps to run on 220V, simple DIY task), sounded very good to my ears in a high ceiling Parisian apartment. However; remember some high end equipment (newer Krell, Martin Logan, Mark Levinson etc.) will not work on a step down transformer.
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I would wait until you get over there. There is a massive amount of gear that never gets exported to the US. You will find all kinds of great gear.
Maybe visit and become a regular at a local hifi shop and see what they have. Also, start reading a few magazines from there.
I was really surprised at the quality and quantity of equipment over there that I had never heard of, but it's very well known and popular to the people there.
I agree with mofimadness.
I would take the move to Paris as an opportunity to build an all-French system. The French make some really superb gear & like mofimadness wrote very few brands get exported to the USA. Here is a huge list of Made in France audio gear:
you lucky dog - have fun scouting for audio gear there.....
My advice: Travel light and don't complicate unnecessarily your future return with more gear you will have to eventually unload. As MoFi has write, once you settle in you can have a new adventure finding and visiting hi end shops over there. I completely agree with Erik and had intended to write pretty much the same - unless you absolutely hate headphones - burn a bunch of music to hard drive, get some good cans, and an amp w/dac. You'll certainly have addressed any space concerns with this option. Have fun over there. A enviable experience.