I heard the upgraded Line 3 and to my ears it is not worth $1300. These people must be taking lessons from Audio Research.
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the word "worth" is very subjective. To my ears, they are worth every penny. You can sell your Line 3 and buy an ARC Ref 2 Mk 2 for $2500 more and Line 3 SE will still give the ARC a run for the money. Line 3 SE is in the same league as ARC Ref 2, BAT 50SE, and CJ, it's even better than CAT SL-1 Ultimate in many area. If you like the sound of your Line 3, you will like your Line 3 a lot more after upgrade.
I better chime in here, I owned a Line 3 running it on NOS tubes for the outputs....had it about 3 years, liked it enough to trade in on the 3SE, and I HEARD improvements in every area......and believe me I knew the Line 3 well, lots of hours......IMO the 3SE is in another league. You need to have good enough associated equipment to hear the difference.
I didn't realize SF was offering Preamp upgrades? I was waiting for the announced upgrade of the Processor 3, which never happened when the company was purchased.
IMO SF preamps represent a good value.