Several members have asked and more importantly I wanted to offer up something to the forum since I have obtained quite a bit of help over the years from it, specifically the people who make up the membership and if I have an opportunity to give back, I'd like too. I don’t want to call it a review, since the time spent with each stage was only a couple of weeks, however I feel it was long enough to get a pretty good idea of how they sound, especially compared against each other because that is what I did, lots of back and forth comparison listening. And it isn’t often that most of us can get a chance to compare 6 pretty good stages over the course of a month and I thought the feedback from my notes might be helpful to someone trying to make a decision among some of these. To make life easier my gears is: Rogue Cronus Magnum 2, Rega Planar 6 with Ania cartridge (I have moved to the 2M Black but the Ania is the cart that was used with these stages) Focal 726 Towers. The stages I had in home to compare were the following: Rega Fono MC Rega Aria Sutherland Insight Lehmann Black Carbon SEII Lehman Decade EAR 834P Rega Fono MC -Hated it. Made my system sound thin and lifeless. No depth or width to the soundstage, no imaging whatsoever. Everything was crushed. Mediocre highs and no real bass impact. I feel like I broke it in pretty well so lets' just say it did not get along well with my gear and leave it at that. I won't be referencing it anymore during the comparisons below. Rega Aria -a really nice stage and the one that revealed to me that the stage is really very important in the whole scheme of things. I had no idea what I was missing and how much better a good stage can make the music sound. Bass impact was huge, almost like you switched on a subwoofer. Mid's were very nice and imaging was quite good, almost to where one can pinpoint exactly where the instrument was in the room. It fell just a bit short in my preferred area of highs, but not by much. Soundstage was decent, not overly huge but enough to get the correct feel. I'd classify this as a warm sounding solid state stage. 3.75 out of 5 Sutherland Insight -was on par with the Aria. Not as good in the bass department but a bit better when it came to the airiness of the highs. Soundstage was bigger here and imaging was on par with the Aria, maybe just a bit better. 4 out of 5 Lehmann Black Carbon SEII -this took everything the Insight did but did it all just a little bit better. I loved this unit and the way it sounded with my gear. Bass not as deep and impactful as the Aria but still really very good and really detailed, shiny highs and imaging that was better than the Aria and Insight. Better soundstage, went back quite a bit in depth compared to the other two. For the money this is a really good stage. 4.5 out of 5 -a real bargain in my opinion. if you need solid state stage you'd be missing out to not audition this. Lehman Decade -This is the big brother of the BCSEII and it does everything the BCSEII does but does it better. It's an end game stage for sure. Here's the catch…in my humble opinion with my gear it just didn't grab me at the increase in price over the BCSEII. It sounded very sterile in my system. Not in a bad way, funny thing is detail and highs are my thing but this was too much. I blame my gear and not the Decade itself. 4.5 out of 5 due to price. EAR834P -Fell in love with it as soon as I plugged it in. It does everything the BCSEII does but adds a holographic 3D goodness to it. Imaging -check, wide and deep soundstage -check, good bass -check, airy highs -double check, this was also the first stage where my speakers actually disappeared. And with the EAR things pop out of the soundstage all the time….listening to Pink Floyd….where the heck did that guitar riff come from? I never heard it before or maybe I did but it was so recessed it was barely noticeable. This happens all the time. Dire Straits albums are like crack…there is stuff coming from them that despite hearing them for hundreds of times, it is like playing them all over again new. The EAR gives you great stereo while throwing in some very cool surround sound type effects. Makes me wonder what the Rogue, Herron Audio VTPH-2A, Adagio, Chinook and other great tube stages sound like! 4.75 out of 5 I ended up keeping the EAR. I stayed away from tube stages forever because my Rogue Cronus Magnum 1 and then 2 is a tube amp and I kept reading how too much of the tube goodness can backfire and create a mushy sound. I'm sorry I listened to that advice. The EAR sounds tremendous with my chain of gear and I only wish one or two of the solid state stages that I had to compare were tube stages so I could have done a shootout with the EAR. Again this is not meant as a review, just my notes to help someone get an idea if they might want to try one of the stages I had. If you have a specific question please ask away and I will try to answer it for you.