I purchased a Cary V12R about three months ago--it replaced a Music Reference RM 200, which replaced a BAT VK75SE, which replaced a pair of BAT VK 60 mono amps! I find the Cary to throw a huge soundstage and has great detail. Music feels alive and very emotionial. I must say that of all the amps have have had in my system, which consists of a BAT VK50SE, Electrocompaniet CDP, Verity Audio Fidelio's and all Siltech IC's Elrod PC's, I like it the most. It is not the most expensive of the bunch, but after spending some time with it I am very, very pleased with the sound that I am hearing. I listen mostly to jazz and classical, but every now and then I throw some rock into the mix. As far as some of the negative posts go--those folks may want to take a closer look at the rest of there system!!