Grateful for the kind comments! The Aric Audio/Coda combination represents the pinnacle of my solid state amp/tube preamp pairings. Dead quiet, expressive, and a joy to listen to for hours on end. Previously I had both the Pass Labs XA60.8 and XA160.8 with the Pass XP20 preamp and I was underwhelmed beyond describe. I then worked with Aric to create The Motherlode and the Pass amps sounded much better(the Pass preamps really are the most anemic and unexciting preamps I have heard). Having an older Coda Model 11, I bought the Model 16, sold the Pass and never looked back.