...that is the question. I've been looking into a power amp upgrade for a few years now to replace my Bryston 3B ST. Speakers are Vandersteen 3A Signatures. It seems that I may have a chance to look into an Ayre V-5XE. (The K-5XE preamp might also be available, but that's a whole other ball game.) My main interest is with the power amp. I had recently posted about a potential upgrade while I was trying to pin down an issue with my system. (It seems to have turned out to be a midrange driver problem, which is currently being looked into by Vandersteen.) During the diagnosis period I had a chance to hook up a Moon Nēo 330A amp to the speakers. It didn't take long to hear how much better the system sounded, but the Moon has these odd plastic covers permanently attached to the output terminals (something I've notice on a number of newer amps), making it extremely awkward to properly secure the spade connectors from my speaker cable. Very unfortunate because the price of the Moon made a purchase very tempting. Now, I discovered that the Ayre V-5XE could be available for a reasonable discount. I auditioned the Vandersteens with the previous version of the Ayre (the V-5X). Obviously, I liked the sound, but it's been a little while since I heard that one, and this is a newer version I'm considering. So, just wondering if anyone out there might be able to offer some kind of input regarding experience or knowledge about the Ayre equipment in order to give me a a little incentive (or not) to pursue this option.