I may be in position to pick up some very high end monoblock amps to drive some electrostats in time for the winter. In terms of my history and tastes, I like SS amps to drive my speakers. This, of course is based on respectable, but not ridiculous price points. I like the grip, control, dynamics, and bass response of ss. The tubes, of course IMO, do the midrange much better, but lack the other stuff. The SS amps I have enjoyed need to priced near $10K or more. At that price point the designers have gotten closer to capture the tube magic, or at least enough for me to be able to make the trade off, especially when using a tubed preamp.
Anyone hear any of the elite priced, monster powered tube amps? Compare them to expensive SS? Do the expensive tube amps close the gap to SS in terms of control, bass, etc. How close are they? Ideally, there is an amp that brings all of the virtues together, or am I dreaming?
Which brands will be worth auditioning - ARC, CJ, VTL, Joule Electra, CAT, others?