My Audio Research isn’t a slouch by any means, but the Yamaha pair is amazingly good, who knew? By far the best sounding SS I’ve owned and so much less expensive. I just hooked up my Totems’ and they too sound wonderful on Yamaha SS. Geez, this is being said by a dyed in the wool tube junkie. Most SS has a tizzy sound with grain on the top end (to my untrained ears), I’m not experiencing any of that. What’s nice, I’m on a tight budget these days, this really helped to that end. Of course, if I still had my Marantz 9’s, I might be dancing to a different drummer, loved how forward and lush they were.