I purchased the SP3 exclusively on the Stereophile article from Kal Rubinson. Wanting to hear it first, I went to a Bryston dealer in Raleign, North Carolina, only the have the saleman to steer me to a Classe, which Kal already owned, but opined that he thought the SP3 sounded better. So I knew the Classe was not an option, and when I asked why he did not carry the Bryston SP3, his response was they could not stock everything. As a former audio consultant, I knew he was trying to sell me what was in stock. My advantage over him is that I read most of the audio periodicals he did not. So I left, and later while in Philadelphia, I visited the Hi Fi House in Jenkinstown, PA, listened to the Bryston SP3 with a CD in my car by Gregg Karakus (piano music), and I started grinning from ear to ear as every sonic trait or lack thereof that was described by Kal was evident. So enamored with the sound or lack thereof, I started figuring how I could get this unit. With the equity line on my home, which had a zero balance, I decided to tak the dive, and I have never looked back. What I hear from the SP3 is the recording studio, and it seems to remove all layers of sound between you and the studio. You hear the recording, and if its bad the SP3 will not make it sound good. It is a brutally neutral processor that has made me stop tweaking and start listening. I would encourage a demo at all cost, or you can buy it blindly like I have done from many Stereophile reviews which I find are never embellished, but accurate.