I would doubt it. I have no experience with your particular model of CAT, but I own a CAT Ultimate and have had auditions with CAT's which are older than yours. To me the CAT always is musical and never harsh. The old CATs could be a little on the bright side. The CAT Ultimate, on the other hand, is never bright, but gives up some of the dynamics which the earlier CATs had. It could be that the CAT is less bright than you are used to or find ideal. That doesn't mean it is necessarily rolled off. In fact, I find that all the CAT's I have heard have some of the best low as well as high frequency extension I have ever heard in a preamp. You didn't say anything about the audition conditions. Where you A/B'ing it with any other preamp? What were the other electronics, cables and speakers?
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