Well, I think I need to find out for myself whether a quality amp/HE6 is good enough compared to a SR-009/totl stat amp. On the stat front, I'll give Cavalli LL2 a trial; on the speaker amp side, I have a First Watt J2 on the way.
A couple of questions regarding the J2. Am I correct in assuming that I don't need resistors for this particular amp? It's a solid state, single-ended, class A 25-watt (8 ohm) amp. Also, where can I find an XLR-Banana plugs adapter? I thought about ordering Moon Audio Silver/Black/Blue Dragon with banana plugs, but would prefer to keep costs down and find an adapter to the stock cable in case I decide to return the J2.