I am in need of a new amp since my ML 333 smoked and is not an economical repair. The amps on the short list are:
M700- I like the fact that I do not have to hire help to move them around, reviews seem to be running favorable but not sure how they will intergrate with the rest of components (specifically speakers)
BHK 300, From everything I have read, seem to be a top shelf amp but again will require help to move around as they are nearly as heavy as my old 333
Pass X-260.8 mono, again a very good amp from the reviews but again a large heavy amp
(Size and weight can be a issue as I will be retiring in a couple of years and will be moving out of state WITh my system)
Unfortunately, my speakers, Shahinian Acoustics Hawks are not a terribly popular speaker in the states so being able to demo them with the amp and the rest of my system (ARC 27 pre, PS DSD Dac, PS DSD Memory Transport) does not seem to be an option. Speaker manufacturer amp recommendations include Bedini (no longer in business) I have a 100/100 amp of theirs and was/seemed to be grossly underpowered for the rest of the system.
While I understand that PS as well as Mark at Reno would allow in home demo’s with the availability to return the units if they did not quite fit the system, in the case of the BHK and the Pass, shiping these back and forth could get a little costly.
I am posting in the hopes that someone else has gone through this previously and can offer some advice or direction and allow to sidestep some of the trial and error.