I have always found Bertllium Focals(except for the really high end models) to be on the bright side although to my ear the latest gen Beryllium models are sounding really good, not as edgy, according to my tastes of course. I have also felt that Focals need a good amount of power to really show their strengths. The 275 does offer about 90wpc which should be enough to get your speakers singing. That being said I love my 275 and as Pdreher said it responds very well to tube rolling, one thing too keep in mind is that the amp needs at least an hour of being on/playing to sounds it's best.. This may be problematic depending on your listening habits and lifestyle. I have thought about trading mine in for a SS amp that can be left on but I really can't find a SS amp that has the magic of the 275 in it's price range. I am biased but feel you can't go wrong with the MC275, it really is a great sounding amp.