I don't have that much Cary or BAT experience, but my QS Minis are very balanced sounding: Bass sounds neither dry nor bloated (but detailed), mids are a sheer pleasure and lean toward the warm side, and the highs are smooth and extended. I replaced the "China" factory driver 12AX7s w/RCAs and use EH EL34s, and the amp was born again. (The original 12AX7s were dreadful to my ears.) Something I've noticed w/these amps is that I find myself understanding the lyrics to every song, regardless of how bombastic the song may be. The amps seem to create a space for the singer's voice almost like you would hear live. I would give them a demo if you can w/GOOD driver tubes.
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