I listened to a Conrad Johnson, Ayre, and several BATs. In the end I fell in love with the BAT VK-30. Delicious sound. Loved it so much I decided to match it with the VK-200 amp. Omigod - what a combo. Plus the user interface and control/flexibility is amazing. Finally, Victor Khomenko is so much the consummate gentleman, it is incredible. He always answers my phone calls, returns emails, and provides excellent advice. He is so polite and knowledgable that it is a pleasure to support his company and then to tell people about it. I am one happy dude.