It's been quiet some time since your post so I hope you will see this or someone who knows you will give you notice about this review. You probably can't call me an audiophile because I believe so many things are just hype; i.e., power cords; but this is about the Softone Model 300B (current model). This won't be long, I'll just say that it is a fantastic amp no matter what the cost. The packaging was excellent and DHL delivery is fantastic in my case. The build quality is excellent although it is what I would call a refined industrial look. For me that is okay as I'm all about the music. The stock tube are excellent after about 15 minutes of warm up. I have a pair of Gold Lion 300B and they do sound better but not night an day difference. I have several 12AU7 tube (ElectroHarmonix, Gold Lion, Mallard, etc). All sound a little different but not really that noticeable. When I received the Amp one of the 300B tubes was noisy. I emailed that information to Softone and the next day he had a set of tube on the way. Only one was bad but he said they should be a matched pair for best results. Four days later I had the new tubes and they worked just fine. They will serve as my backups. I'm currently using the Gold Lion/Electroharmonic setup. The sound is fantastic. I'm most pleased with the service after the sale. I was very skeptical about ordering from out of the country. I paid $880.00 plus $184.00 shipping. I'm using a tube preamp built by Don Sachs. Also a fantastic piece of equipment. I have open baffle speakers that I build myself and Magnepan MMG's. This amp is not powerful enough for the MMG's so I am using my open baffle speakers. The sound fantastic. From my experience I whole heartedly recommend buying from Softone Audio. I plan to order his DAC soon.
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