Now there is a fella up there on the chart I've not had the acquaintance of yet, the CS 1000P, the big amp, using KT120s. Mostly because I'm not a fan of the big tube sound. I know there's speakers out there that need that much power to sing, and why Mr. Hyodo is selling such a sweet beast. But that's not the Haven sound, per se. I do have Ayre for when I need the current, for Vandersteens, etc. Or now the Riviera, that can drive my diesel tractor if it dips down again in the negative degrees. I can only wait to get my hands/ears on the Riviera separates...I did have the CS660 amp, which used EL34's. Now that is one amp the Haven could get behind in a heart beat. And luckily I get to hear one locally every now and then. Sadly, Mr Hyodo discontinued it without a similar replacement. That coupled with the RX28 pre/phono would be one of those magic combos. Production is full tilt on all the above models, and they can accommodate nothing else. I would love to see a lower wattage amp back in production, even a SET! If that would happen I'd probably close up the shop and lock the doors and turn off the phone....pizza delivery and a steady diet of new vinyl from the post people. Alas, only a pipe dream...like a step up transformer. Yours truly has even written several times about the transformer to Mr. Leben. No luck. Not even my charms can get in the way of current production. As most of you have seen, I use the Leben 30 phono stage quite often, and usually in conjunction with the Auditorium T2 Hommage step up. The 30 has one of the prettiest sounds on the planet. It's not the largest of sound stages, like an Audio Research REF or Pass, yet what it does for $2695 still places it in the top tier. It can allow one to splurge on a great step up, and you'll never have to look over your shoulder for something better.
So who knows, maybe someday the CS1000P....I'm thinking coupled with the Vandersteen Treos or a pair of those DeVore Gibbon X's we might all sit here and cry.