I auditioned the Audio Anologue Puccini SE, Jadis Orchestra (the older version with EL34's), YBA DT, conrad johnson CAV-50. I purchased the CAV-50 and have never been happier with an amp. It is a gorgeous sounding amp worth more than its' cost. I recently sold it to a good friend and upgraded to a Premier 11A due to more demanding speakers and a good opportunity. I was shocked at how well the CAV-50 sounded in comparison to the 11A at 1/2 the power. If you like jazz and fem. vocals....the CAV-50 is literally to die for. However, I found that with rock and large scale orchestral pieces...the CAV-50...when pushed hard...lacks the power (thus the 11A purchase). I don't want to overstate...because the CAV-50 was the best integrated I have ever heard....I even named the amp!! Give it a try. Also...I have not heard it....but VAC has a new integrated (I believe that it was reviewed in this months Stereophile) that looks quite interesting. The Jadis Orchestra that I auditioned sounded like crap. I found out later that the dealer had a problem with the amp (that he did not know about when I listened to it)...so I cannot formulate a good opinion. I also have heard the Pathos...which is big $$$...and is quite beautiful. Pathos is quite nice. As far as purity of tone....that is subjective. Also...remember warranty and service when you select. It isn't easy (at least in my area) to get service on the Jadis and some of the others that you mention. CJ warranties 5 years and warranties used gear as well (2nd hand) I wouldn't call the CJ "neutral", however, it makes music rivetingly musical. Give it an audition before you buy.
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