yes it is i have have a C100 which the same product with a different display. i have tested the C100 vs some of the best such as levinson 380s and 32, krell kct, rowland synergy and coherence, threshold t1, arc sp11 and sp14, batvk50,and the classe omaga. the C100 out did all of these and i can't understand why mcintosh has nerer have this or the C200 reviewed . as for the phone stage it built in ans is far better than any other phonestage mcintosh has ever done . it might be up in the same class as the lamm ref. but it is very good and the mcintosh C200cost only 6500 and the lamm phone alone is 8000 .so in total the C100 and C200 maybe the best preamps around.