I am curious as to if that component (tubed front end/preamp. section using 6N4's that I never heard of before and wonder which other tubes can be substituted perhaps, if any) and a solid state (transistors) output at 150WPC RMS would be a good or suitable match for those speakers in regard to having enough power on tap to bring those speakers to life and in regard to the quality of sound so as to not impair or prevent the Ushers of what they can do. I know those speakers really benefit from lots of good quality power on tap as most speakers do. It is the Vincent that I question, not the Ushers. My wife and I listen to a lot of blues, some jazz, a little bit of rock, and a slight bit of gospel / choir at very low to moderate levels as we like it softer in general and we live in a ground floor apartment.
We are strongly set on those speakers from listening to them at a variety of dealers using a variety of gear, but we need to keep the total system cost low and want to keep it very fundamental and simple with as few components as possible, (two) so we would go for an integrated (tubed or solid state or hybrid in this case) and a CD player as our only source for dedicated, two channel listening only. We want a tubed system very much and thought that the Vincent may be a valid way to go even though there are not a bunch of warmly glowing KT88's like we both like and really want. I am aware of the little Audio Research VSi60, but the cost is too high for us to fit into the total amount that we could invest into a system including 6% sales tax here in PA. We also do not want to buy used gear via EBay or Audiogon, etc. due to any possible problems and lack of warranty coverage (cost to us).