Thanks for your input, John. My experience in listening to preamps is not recent. I've had mine for over 12 years, and back then I did compare it to Classe, Bryston, Rowland, and others. Back then I found the Classe preamps to be a bit warmer and darker than mine, while the Bryston was harder and more forward. I don't know how much a company's sonic signature changes over the years, so I'm wondering if you would categorize your CP-60 as either warm or dark.