I find my SA-700 to be very clean sounding, almost to the point of being sterile. It sounds best with lively speakers, something like an Altec or Klipsch, or some of the west coast sound monitors like the HPM-100's. With a speaker with a very flat frequency response, the Technics sounds again a bit clinical. I would not think it would pair well with the vintage KHL's, AR's or Advents known for their more east coast sound. Aesthetically, IMHO, the SA-xxx series from the late 70's are simply gorgeous especially at night with the silver background and subtle lighting. I also own an SU-V9 integrated that is New Class A, and that things runs hotter than hell! It's a powerful beast, but you can heat your room with it.