Jwest; A harsh comment about Redkiwi. IMO he is a gentleman and is highly knowledgeable about audio components. Did you know that he has been involved in several audio ventures including manufacturing and marketing of a tube pre-amp? (see his post on Who R U). Do you have that kind of knowledge/experience? He also gave me a lot of help when I put in a dedicated AC and ground system, and I consider him a friend. However Redkiwi, I don't agree with your above statement that the SF Line 2 is "sterile" (we need system context, or something, for that kind of condemning statement). I have used this pre-amp for 2+ years and consider it very neutral. Some say it is a bit lean or dry, and I can see that in some systems, but in MY system with the Line 2, music is timbrally rich and involving. Note: I have a McCormack DNA-2DX amp (read sweet) and Vandersteen 3Asig. spkrs. (read warm and forgiving). In a system that already tends toward lean or analytical the Line 2 would not be a good choice IMHO. Cheers. Craig.