I'm an SP10II owner - bought it new 20 years ago and have never been tempted to change it out. For me it has always had the correct tonal balance, a wonderful midrange which only falls short very slightly in resolution and the frequency extremes compared to todays product & the phono stage is still world class. Built like a tank and best of all, when I have a problem it gets solved promptly by ARC. The SP 8 is still highly sought after. Both of these pre amps have a different sonic signature than most stuff made today. If your looking for "highly resolved", equipment which has focused on finding the last bit of flyshit in the pepper (acoustically speaking), which usually comes with an invasion into tonallity, then look elseware. That said, I think some of the speakers made in the late 90's are much better than those made in the 70's and 80's. There really are some highly resolving speakers with neutral tonallity available at reasonable prices.
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