imo either amp isn't going to have enough brass to drive your ML's to max potential. i've owned SL-3's paired w/classe ca 200 & pass x250 which were nice & currently own sli-80 w/tube friendly spkrs.
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Hello Johchew38 -
So, I have auditioned The cary SLP-80 in my system (Spendor S6e speakers, Arcam CD36 player) and it was excellent. Problem was it was a bit too lush for me - not enough bass/oomph playing rock for me to pull the trigger and buy. Noting my spendors are lacking in bass as well.
I have not heard the dialogue series but I recently heard the prologue 2 running with Quad22L, Rega Saturn CD player at a dealer and I thought it sounded a bit edgy. Voices, midrange, and bass were fine for a lower powered amp, but not on the cymbals, snare drum or any high frequency.
Maybe it was the room/area, or maybe the speakers, maybe the speakers were too tough a load...don't know.
many thanks for the various response. I have ruled out the prima luna dialogue now after an audition. I AB this against a manley integrated and found the manley to virtually outperform by a mile. So I am now considering the manley integrated and the cary SLI 80. I do not think that bass is much of an issue as the summit has active bass woofers.