I would have liked to hear that combo. I wasn't very impressed as you can tell and my Classe Audio combo had worked very nicely with Apogee Stages (remember them?), Magneplanar 2.6R, Proac Response Two, Kef, etc. I found them (Thiel) to definitely be in the cold and analytical camp. I'm not surprised that you managed to make them sound good though. You have that determination and talent to make it work.