FWIW, I'd take option #1. I'm sure you will get other opinions and not all of them will be for option #1.
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I chose the Sonus Faber Guarneri because I own a pair of SF Electa Amators and I have heard many Sonus Faber speakers and they all have similar characteristics. If you favor a warm and powerful, yet transparent sound you will love the SF sound signature. I may be biased as my speakers contain the Dynaudio Esotar tweeter which has a way of making everything sound smooth and extended.
Off Topic but am I the only one who is saddened by the phrase:
"Rock a little heavier (Metallica"
Not a shot at the OP but a telling statement on the current direction Metallica has been moving for several years. I never thought I would hear or read Metallica described as "Rock a little heavier". Perhaps the OP is not familiar with "Kill 'em All" or "Master of Puppets".
you are putting together a very nice system, so everything, will have to be closely matched. Simaudio gear sounds great w/ Audience cables/cords,
ARC sound excellent w/ Transparent cables/cords. I have not had an opportunity to demo Siltech cabling systems.
Now, to your speaker choice-
Focal / Simaudio is a sonic match
ARC/ SF is a sonic match
have not auditioned the Gryphon.
Focal is a very good to excellent "Rock" speaker.
Advise please power cables for Moon 600i .
I bought a Gryphon. This is a very high-end speakers. I do not for a long time listening to music with pleasure;) Beautiful soft flow of music without the slightest violations of the tonal balance. High frequency is very clear without harshness like Focal Diablo . Internal speaker size is more suitable for outdoor speaker system. Therefore, all the musical images full and deep. Bass a little unique and a little bland. Focal Do it like a jackhammer;)