Fantastic! You all have been extremely helpful. I was able to hear the 1.6QR with the VTL at a dealer showroom, and of course I liked it (I love music, and rarely find anything that I actually don't like), but also listen enough to know that some things do sound better.
So, if you will, let me throw one more contender in the loop. Due to some of the comments about the A300, I have been investigating the Classe CAP 151 as an alternative, and gotten good responses (opinion that it is a little more relaxed or "tubey" than the A300, but same power rating). Unfortunately for me, I have no way to audition the A300 or the 151 without borrowing one from a dealer. Since I don't think I will buy a used one, I feel it improper to do so. So, I don't mind taking my chances, knowing that I can sell it and try it again. But, I would like to get it right the first time.
So, how about it. Any comments on the 1.6QR, A300 versus CAP 151?