Anyone heard the new Audio Research LS 26?

Has anyone heard this new linestage from Audio Research? It's suppose to sound close to the new 10K Ref 3 and better than the Ref 2 Mk2 preamp for a retail price of 6K. According to A/R currently shipping with most going early to Pacific Rim.
I´m also very curious about the new LS26. Heard there will be a successor to the VT100 MKIII released soon as well.