I have been thinking about upgrading my amps for some time now but so far i have not taken the plunge. I have considered pass labs and also Ayre V5 and K5 power and pre amp separates. I was quite set on the Ayre combo but the overseas dealer I was talking to seems too busy to entertain me. I asked him for a price quote but the quote did not come after a month despite promises- so I have given up on Ayre. After reading RH's glowing review of the Simaudio 600i integrated amp, I am now seriously considering its big brother, the Simaudio 700i. I am now using Ayre C5xemp universal disc player with B&W 805s standmount speakers. Pairing the 805s and the 700i may be a bit of a mismatch but I want a more powerful amp so that I will have more options and flexibility (in terms of selecting speakers) when I upgrade my speakers in future. I have 3 questions.
1) Has any one auditioned the 700i ?
2) Are there sonic differences between the 600i and 700i ?
3) Will the Simaudio 700i "match" my Ayre C5xemp ?
As there are no high end audio dealars where i live, I have to order them from overseas dealer and i will not have the chance to listen before buying. So any advice or opinions would be most welcome.