Thanks for your input Zenpunk.
It is difficult to choose an amp without auditioning it and feedback from comparisons is all I can go by. Hopefully I can pick an amp that matches my listening and musical preferences.I am looking for an amp that is dynamic but also has that "blackness" during quiet passages. I am also looking for an amp that sounds clear and uncompressed, Unfortunately it also has to do with the rest of the pieces of the puzzle; phones, Dac, tube selection, recording... I have been biased towards SS and the Audio Gd Phoenix and Master 5/6 series have been on my shortlist, but the more I hear about some tube amps the more I would like to listen to them. Thanks to all on this thread for the input and hopefully I can return the favor in the future.