Art, Suggesting that someone should spend $3000 to $5000 on a new production system they have never heard from a manufacturer they have never owned is both reckless and irresponsible. As soon as the boxes are opened does the gear depreciate 30-40%?? My 20+ years experience with companies that design and manufacture high tech electronics for industrial and military use is that it is naive to assume synergies between components and assumptions like; if product line A is good it therefore follows that product line B is good. I can't recall the successful JBL or Klipsch amp. Of the high end amp companies, I can't think of the successful speaker product line. So far, it appears that RGA is the poster who has actually listened to the most relevant gear and the competing gear and made a very thoughtful and nuanced response. You may want to reconsider using invectives and ad homniom attacks, it tends to negate whatever follows and diminishes the stature of the author in the eyes of others.