I have heard different amps drive one brand of speaker. There ofcourse was a difference in sound with each amp. Is it fair to judge a speaker with only one amp? This leads me to another question; if your monitoring situation isn't working for you why assume its the speaker and not the amp? Ofcourse I'm talking about passive speakers. If I gave you a really good camera to take a picture of a mules ass or a lesser quality camera to take a picture of a gorgeous babe in a bikini, which would you choose? I look at a preamp as the camera and the mule/babe as the mic. If you have a really great preamp but a weak mic won't the amp just magnify the weakness of the mic? To me it seems better to have something nice to see a picture of than a great detailed picture of something ugly. I know some of you would say its better to be even and get a 'good' mic and preamp instead of one being really good and the other really bad. But, I don't know. Whats your opinion on this?