Dako-- first a question, which prem. 11a are you using--standard or triode? second, i'm currently using cj's mv55/pv10al combo into jm labs mezzo utopias, wired through transparent's reference speaker cables. i'm exteremly happy with the transparents. i picked them up used for $1,200. i know that is more than you've indicated you want to spend (more than i wanted to spend too), however, valuewise it was well worth the extra $200. that said, i've a friend that runs his theil 2.3's from audio research's 100 watt offering through transparent musicwave ultras (one or two clicks below reference) and he swears by them. third, another question, what interconnects are you using? i'm close to swapping my mv55/pv10al for the prem. 11a and will need new interconnects. in response to one of my postings, someone indicated that networked interconnects may not be the best match for tube gear. i've inquired of both transparent and cj. drop me a note with you e-mail address and i'll forward their responses.