Music Reference RM-10 Mk.2.
Now there's an amp I'd love to add to the stable someday!
Just tried pairing my Luxman MQ-88uC with my Forte III's. There's no magic to be had here. I tried the 4,8, and 16 ohm posts....sounded best on 8 ohms as expected, but after 45 minutes of trying I couldn't wait to get the Leben back in. The Leben CS-300xs has oodles more synergy with the Forte III's. I will keep my Luxman amp paired with the O/96's, where it obviously thrives.
Just another reminder of how real audio system /components synergy is. I’ve read posts where some scoff at the idea of synergy and believe if a audio product is good it should fit systems universally. This is not the case. It is not that simple. BTW, how is the Leben with the Devore Orangutans?
Totally agree on synergy! Just because something looks like a good match on paper that's certainly no guarantee - and the converse is often true as well. You just have to try - and trust your ears, not the specs.
The Leben CS-300xs and DeVore O/96's are a well-chronicled effective pairing and sound excellent in my system/room. The duo produce a rich, impactful and textured tone, if not a bit forward-sounding as influenced by the EL84-driven Leben. The Leben gives up some detail, finesse, holographic imaging, and agility to the Luxman MQ-88uC and it doesn't quite produce the large and weighty 3D soundstage that my LM805ia provides - but it's a really fun amp with a lot of slam and overall great pairing with the O's.
Interestingly I'd say I nearly enjoy listening to the Leben through the Forte III's as much as through the O/96's. The Forte III's mainly don't image as well and are not as resolving on detail - as one would expect. So far I haven't heard a better pairing with the Forte III's than the Leben.