Boy, Beheme, you use a pretty broad brush here.
Tellig was tipsy and under the Gallic charm of the manufacturer, you say? The speakers are hi fidelity over part of their range, sort of like a rotten egg which has good bits in it? And what's wrong with a speaker sounding good with a cheap tube amp?
Nothing against telling it like it is, but could you be a bit more specific?
Robr45, you wrote:
the new Titus ES slipped to class C in the Stereophile rec components list
I have to agree that this only means the manufacturer made significant changes. Stereophile's ratings and rating system have to be taken with a good half shaker of salt. You find this out after you listen to the gear they review, as you have probably discovered. You may disagree with the early high rating as much as you disagree with the current 'C' rating. Remember the much-loved Meadowlark Shearwater Hot Rod only got a C rating from Chip Stern.
Also, the ES version of the Titus has become a fair bit more expensive. That brings it into a more demanding class.