No, I am surprised that you misunderstood what I wrote. You should know me better than this by now. I DO NOT have so much pride in what I sell, that I would dis worthy competitors, even models that I have not had the opportunity to hear. As an AN dealer, I like CAT amps and preamps VERY much. Shindo, too, by the way. Wasn't I clear that as much as I loved my Reference and Signature, my AN preamps (both newer and more expensive) now sound better, so I have veered-off upgrading within CAT's offerings, to the Ultimate or Renaissance? This is complementing Ken's work, not minimizing it. I meant it that I know CATs just keep getting better and better, and Ken doesn't upgrade for no reason. So newer models definitely sound even better than his older models, and I am excited to read that you finally upgraded your preamp. I would STILL love to hear your audio system someday.