Asdf, I was highly skeptical as well reading all of the reviews, most of which where poorly written or vague, not offering much for reference beyond cheap receivers and other crummy gear. However, in spite of doubtful appearances, the glowing reviews have proven pretty accurate! You'll not find a better amp in terms of transparency, coherency, smoothness, bass control and a naturalness to the presentation at anywhere nears it's price. The Odyssey amps have almost magical transparency, a rightness to the sound that I find absolutely hypnotizing and intoxicating, you completely forget about the amp or any other piece of gear and become fully drawn into the performance, which is probably the highest praise I could give to an amplifier. Is it perfect? Of course not. There are amps that do every "hi-fi" thing a little better, (especially in terms of soundstaging), but you'll pay heavily for it if you also want to keep the musical balance and involvement as well.
The Stratos recently displaced a Musical Fidelity A3cr in my system and currently is giving a PS Audio HCA-2 a run for the money, both possessing many admirable yet distinctive traits. I’ll post a 3-way review/shootout once I finish the audition, if interested.