Originally Posted by megasat16
It could be a really bad combo. As a really Big Luxman fan, I coveted these B-1000F for a very long time and a listening session was a great opportunity. But the combo is too bright. I am sure it's partly due to the super flat frequency response from the amps and extended frequency response with Vivid. Well, too much of a good thing may turns out bad. I think Vivid requires careful matching and may do well with some Tube Amps (albeit SET).
Vivids are far from harsh, and as On a Higher Note is the distributor for both Vivid and Luxman in the US, Philip O’Hanlon certainly knows the combo well.
I'm not sure why you found them so bright but I would be much quicker to blame the source or the room before either component.
Vivids are, if nothing else, ruthless disclosers of issues elsewhere in the chain.