Hello Jay, well first I originally had a standard calypso which I liked in an old system, then moved on to a different setup with a Supratek Chardonney which I loved but no remote and no xlr so I found a Calypso signature thinking this would take me off the merry go round but what a disappointment from the Supratek. So of course I found a Cabernet dual 3,days later and bought it, and viola, I got my holographic 3d expansive soundstage back, funny I could tell from the first vocal track. To me Supratek performs magic in the midrange, So in MYsystem both Suprateks trounced the Aesthetix. I won't ever part with this one. Cheers.