Well, after receiving the Rotel pre from Russ, I listened to the Rotel/NAD combo for 3 days and really liked the sound. It's missing the warmth, air and other stuff I like with tube sound but it produced transients, dynamics and slam like crazy. The ASL sounds great with the NAD too. When I went back to the ASL/Dyna combo I was able to tell the dynamics and slam wasn't as good but vocals and instruments sound very realistic. Better than the Rotel/NAD combo.
A few nights ago I hooked up te 800i to the tube set up and a lot of that tube magic came through the speakers. Now the 800i have this great smoothness in the mids, lower mids and upper bass. Dynamics was slightly better than the LSi. The LSi still sounds awesome but with less "magic". The tri-lams still sounds a little shouty and compared to the LSi, they sound colored.
I can't even make up my mind right now that's why I posted this. If it was your system and you had to choose, which one would you go for? I'm just sick and tired of moving speakers around and positioning can be a real pain in the ass(toe in, tilt, distance, etc). I have the RT hooked up right now.
It seems like that "tube magic" increases when your speakers have higher sensitivity and higher impedance. I'm just hoping the Klipsch I'm buying in Dec will give me the best of both worlds.