After years of great service from my BAT VK-300xSE integrated amp with my Quad 988 speakers, I've decided to move to separates (necessary to integrate my headphone amp into the system). I've purchased the Aesthetix Calypso preamp (great!), and now need an amp.
The Quads can't use more than about 150w. And I'm interested in solid state because I've been disappointed by the McIntosh MC275 mkV that I've been trying out. The BAT integrated is much more vibrant and has superior resolution to the MC275.
I'm considering the Ayre V-5x or the BAT VK-250. And, because I've never recovered from my love of the classic Pass Aleph 3, I'd love to try the Pass First Watt Aleph J (although only 25 watts). Anyone have an special recommendations for solid state with the Quad 988?