mac with mac is always great.
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Joe, it's a no cost exercise to try reversing the speaker cables, and your speakers should tell you immediately which way is correct (fuller and more distinct). A while back I visited a client with a large Mac integrated amp driving Avalon Eidolons. Just for kicks I reversed the speaker cables, and the improvement was immediate and stunning. He'd been listening with them connected the wrong way for five years.
If you can get an Einstein The Tube Mark II for under $10,000 used that is in good condition I would snap it up.
It is about as good as pre-amplifiers get. The only less expensive pre-amp that is about as good is the Coincident Technology Linestage at $5,000, but the Coicident only has two inputs, so one really has to re-think their front end when using it. Either that, or constantly switch interconnects in the back of the unit.
I have an Einstein The Tube Mark II hooked up with an Einstein The Light in the Dark stereo amp with Lansche No. 5 speakers and couldn't be happier.