I gathered a few of my favorite tunes (cd and lp) , went to the stereo shop hoping to listen to a few high end integrated amps that were dependable and held their value over the years. Considering what may be the last and best amp for me to retire with and to base my operation around. The McIntosh MA-252 and 352 experience was very good overall but similar to other solid state amplification I've had and enjoyed. Stepping up to the 352 definitely provided more headroom and dynamic range but still missing something... I did my best in explaining to the shop owner that I was waiting to hear the mid-range lush from the acoustic instruments and vocal ribbon mics producing that presence with harmonic depth. Once we connected up the Primaluna it was over with. It was the sound I was looking for that touched my soul. The sound put me in a place of content and relaxation and suppressed the analytical side of me. I never heard another amp before that put me in a place similar to live performance like this amp did. I've experienced a fair amount of awesome live venues and performed with some sweet concert choirs... I know the sound, feel and absorption of good music when I hear it. It did that day and will move forward with this amp hopefully for a long long time. In the near future I will continue the quest for the best pair of speakers for my rig.