Although I have heard this preamp twice before, it was never in my own system, so I really had no frame of reference...other than to say that the system I heard it in, sounded quite good. (AudioJerry's system). I was next on the audition list...so when the unit arrived today, I immediately hooked it up and started to listen.
Over three hours later, listening to very familiar music, I can tell you that my first impressions are very positive. To give the reader a frame of reference, I have an Audio Research SP16 preamp and VS110 amplifier. I also have one pair of SAS interconnects in the system between the ARC CD3 MkII player and the preamp. I liked them well enough that I am buying one of the demo pairs from Steve. I have used Better Cables silver serpents, MIT Terminator 2's and ARC litzwire and Steve's cables brought about a synergy in my system that I don't want to do without.
I have some ideas already about the differences I'm hearing with the 10A in the system...but want to do more listening before I try to clearly delineate them in print. Early impressions are: At the asking price, I don't think there is anything (that I've heard) on the market anywhere near it that will help you engage the music the way this unit does.
More to come.