Some of you guys seem to be chasing either consensus or absolutes. The only absolute is that there won't be any consensus
For myself, I felt the Dark Star and EF-6 both are slightly better with the HE-6 than the speaker amps I've used. I haven't tried something like a $10K Pass amp, nor will I be. In the case of the Dark Star, the cost makes considering speaker amps seem pretty prudent. In the case of the EF-6, it might be tougher to find a speaker amp that would be as good.
That said, my vintage Marantz 2285 receiver does nearly as good a job as the EF-6, was much cheaper, drives speakers, has a nice FM tuner and phono stage...etc etc.
Well, there you have it. One mans opinion.
Edited by preproman - 10/11/12 at 9:29am