I may have concluded that so much stuff recently in teh magazine is like having a standard flush toilet in a low flush world. Why do they keep doing reviews on stuff that harkens BACKWARDS to battery power? Hmmm years ago with stuff they had 67V EVERREADYS providing supplies to tubes, hardly anything new. In an mA stabilizer for stuff i worked on, they had a battery for revernce, voltages, using 2d21 Thyratron tube...So with these products being reviewed using battery powered pre amp, battery powered phono preamps. It's just going BACKWARDS not forward. also a lot of marketing BS. There really is no engineering or design qualitys that call for such crap. Modern electronics has modern components to supply what is needed. When some company trys to convince me that their wood case effects the sound of 2 transformers inside...and teh knobs effect teh sound. When does teh reviewer just say, what teh hell are you talking about, explain the claim..instead of giving it a casual mention, and letting it slide by. Is Stereophile more about hyping nonsense with stuff from teh 60's technology, or moving forward with 21st century up to date electroncis. The constatn BS that somehow these obsoleted ckts are more musical etc. Is becoming to my revlation that it's mostly BS. DSD/SACD smokes anything out there. Without spending $100K on one component to try and get something out of teh obsolete format. Push the music playback formward, not backwards, with obsolete newly minted products. CD players using dead IC chips, claiming it's better. Amps using obsolte oil filled caps, obsolte tubes, it's getting absolutly retarded. Tubes used in guitar amps are tone generrators, making the sound, using obsolte tube ckts are still tone generators, coloring everything it gets. Hardly high end reproduction. Hybrid ckts use only the best of both, Hybrids are a more current design. A $10K amplifier using more obsolete crap, ain't high end. And of course, this amp was like listening to the certain recording for teh first time...no it ain't!!! Enough already Shindo, is this month's breakthrough, what happened to those McIntoshs or Audio Research units that where the like listening to teh recording first time , are these reviews written for people that only read Stereophile one month each year? Every month has another breakthrough. It's getting old, be truthful, why not say, this sounds just like the last amp, or pre amp...sounds like teh last 10 I used, but, one cost $20K and this one say is only $2K.....A 15W $4K tube amp, yupper, useuless, don't care if it's Class Triple A, 15W ain't moving no speakers to lifeleike realism, trying to reproduce teh full spectrum. In single use guitar amps, I've seen/heard 30W 60W class a amps fill the room, un aided by a PA system. But they ain't reproducing the full recordings, only the guitar signal, different concepts. Also please explain how taking teh cover off theis amp, sounded BETTER?!! That means for $4K they messed something up in it's design, or AD imagination gone wild....not available on VHS or DVD...like the girls gone wild. Any measurements to prove something changed with and without teh cover on. Never ehard of any McIntosh or ARC having sounds different with teh covers off. Shindoisms? Or crap amps? Microphonics? Using obsolete junk tubes?