I have the Gill Audio Design Alana which was recently upgraded to MkIII status by David Gill himself in January. I bought the piece about three years ago (MkII) and it replaced an Aesthetix Calypso. Firstly, make sure you have the latest version and it is my understanding that there are less than 20 of these units in the field as this upgrade is only about 8 months old. Also, it is my understanding that the MkIII is priced the same as the MkII if you are considering a new purchase. The Alana is fast, neutral, lively (micro/macro dynamics) and very musical (where it had the edge over the Aesthetix in my system). I consider it a perfect compliment to my new Tidal Piano Cera speakers. It definitely is a true high-end product that flies under the radar. I have no experience with the Joule or Bryston and this comment is really directed at the Alana standalone.
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