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Yes, they should be extremely close. I actually prefer the older W series Sim amps as the newer ones are a bit more tilted up in the treble area. They are a little more detailed but lose some of the sweetness the older amps have. Sim gear is often recommended for people that like the Tube sound due to their smooth presentation. I have the W3 for reference. Your speakers are pretty sensitive, I think you could go even smaller then the W8, consider the W3 and W5 as well if they are available.
the W8 is much better than the 860 A. I talked to Sim about the p8 and they told me it was much better than the 740p so I have no doubt that the w8 is way better than the 860A, and I don't like the direction Sim is going, their prices are getting way too crazy, your other problem is trying to find a w8 for sale, those amps are world class and there's not too many on the market used ever, I've got a p8 and a w8 and I'm never getting rid of them the sound is so good already I'm not chasing anything anymore.