Nice writeup, Smargo
I've been living with a Stereo Maraschino for a few weeks now, powered by one of the 48V supplies from my mono Maraschinos. The thing really does sound amazing. I'll likely move to using an STM full-time and sell my conventional analog preamp.
Such a tiny little box and out comes this great stuff!
I had the pleasure of spending several hours in the home of a gracious audiophile who usually runs Golden Maraschinos (60V) on his KEF Blade 2s. Holy shit what great speakers. We hooked up an STM and frankly I was amazed how close it came to the monos. The owner of the system holds his monos pretty dear and said, no, he still prefers them, but hell the STM gave no indication whatsoever that this tiny, $1000 amp was out of place driving $25,000 speakers. It was amazing.