You are so right about the Rotel. When I first auditioned it, I thought it was very "Literal" or "clinical". I can understand why Rotels are sought after for multi-channel home theater amplifiers. This would make a good center channel amp where definition and clarity are necessary.
This is more of my stuff that I'm currently fiddling with. These are one of my all time favorite speakers and it's on virtually every best 100 all time favorite listings. I first heard these back in 1982 and wanted a pair. The creator tried to emulate the brilliant sound of the Quad ESL57 and created the Dahlquist DQ-10s
This one recently went away. Enjoyed it while I had it.
But it does not compare to my favorite PreAmp
Vinyl playback has always been an obsession for me. I sold these when I worked in a Stereo store back in the 80s. I was intrigued at the attempt at Linear tracking and ended up restoring one of these two years ago. This is now in my office system.