I appreciate the sensible advice and understand perfectly. I have owned various audio components for over 40 years now and am not a newbie in this stuff. I know that the ideal amp is one that does not color the sound, but merely reproduces it. However, over the years, I HAVE noticed that each component does have its own character and that some things do sound a bit different mated with certain other items.
With my Denon receiver set in ''pure direct' mode' the signals bypass the tone adjustment circuitry. I don't particularly want to turn this mode off as everything besides the highs in some recordings sound noticeably (at least to my ears) better than any processed mode available on the receiver. I wish I could remember where I read what I did, but it was not from a forum. It was written by someone of prominence in the field of designing audio amplifiers. He claimed that an awful lot of modern day receivers are bright sounding and so are a lot of contemporary audio recordings. He then claimed that this can result in fatigue due to listening to the exaggerated highs for a length of time. He suggested that instead of relying on these receivers, that the better option is an amp such as a Rotel which tends to have a smoother high end and thus mates better with a bright speaker such as the B&Ws. This was not the first time I have heard the suggestion that Rotel is a good match for B&W speakers.
Again, I just wonder if anyone around here has gone this route and can concur. It's not like I can just plop down $1500 on an amp hoping that it has a slightly different sound that might be better suited for my speakers.
I suppose that the thing to do is go sample the stuff. I am going on Monday to a dealer near me to do just that. If anyone is interested, I will report back here after that experience with my thoughts.