I did pay a visit to Compari's. At the time I was there they had one of those Wadia DAC/amp combos set up in the back with Hale speakers. I had seen it before hooked up to some Wilson Grand Slamms. The store I liked the most in Dallas was hidden down on (well, for the life of me I can't remember the name of the street, had the word Green in it , parrells the freeway, same street that has all the Chinese and Vietnamese resturaunts). I also can't remember exactly the name of the store, John Forte's maybe?. Small store, carried ATM amps. The store doesn't look like much but, is run by true audiophiles and not salesman. I know the description is vague but, you should know what I'm talking about if you live there. Very worthwhile to visit.
I was with a sound mixer that sometimes works for Chesky Records and we spent several rainy weekends making the rounds of all the stores in Dallas. He was looking for some mono blocks so, we listened to lots of amps and speaker combos. I think when he got back to NY he ended up ordering the ATMs. Pretty pricey, nice sound.
I know what you mean about the smaller Proacs. Very detailed sounding but, most of us Americans grew up with more bass emphasis. I appreciate what the British speakers do but, not the kind of sound I am used to either.