I think the Yamaha's are going to win as they seem to have this side of things sewn up.
However my best friend has just come round and suggested his KN6500 is as good as it gets live. I haven't heard the technics so I will have to take his word for it.
If the KN6500 / 7000 has got the same big commanding sound that I remember from technics he could well be right !!