He liked them with the Apt Holman preamp. It's the 114 that's the issue(although the Cornwall does produce better bass, imo, everything else being equal). While it does seem to me that Audio Classics dropped the ball here, it could be that the 114/250 combo is just not as appealing to you as is the Apt Holman/250. I enjoy my 250 that I got from Audio Classics with my MX110, but I find that the 110 with my Harman Kardon Citation 22 sounds better to me with both my Cornwall II's, and my KLH Model Five's. So in the end, who knows what will work with our ears, and what won't?