Either one is a great choice ....... You might add cj to your list as well .........
PS Audio PCA-2 with the HCPS can be had for as little as
$1200 for both!
There is NOT a Better pre--amp combo out there, that can
touch it for that price.
Revealing, Nuetral, very quiet.
One of the Best, and under-appreciated buys in Audio, IMHO that is.
I own 2 sets, and I could NOT be more happy.
I LOVE MY MUSIC!
I have a BAT VK-30, which I love, but I listened to a LS-16 and a couple of CJ's before I bought it. The BAT had a beautiful black background(which is why I think some people describe them as dark) and a huge soundstage. The LS-16 I would describe as more bright and lively. I thought the CJ's colored the music a little bit. I almost bought the LS-16 but liked the sound of the BAT for my tastes a little better, and it came with an installed phono card and remote. All of these can be had used for under 2000.