Well I've been posting a bit lately on this board, trying to end my expensive woes. Someone might be able to help sometime. The short version: Bought an EA NL-210 (8 ohm - I love it) but my 350W Trace wasn't cutting it (clipping at 3.5/10 volume), so I bought a Phonic power amp (XP2000 - 400W @ 8 ohms/side), and am using the Trace as a preamp. Now I have to turn the power amp to about 8/10 to get the volume of the Trace at 3/10, only difference is there's no clipping. But I lose some sound quality. I'm still not convinced that the Trace should clip at this volume setting. I know it's meant for TE speakers, and that TE recommend more speakers before more power, but I want a small rig. I had it serviced ($200!) and two FETs were replaced, but nothing changed soundwise. Should I take it in for another look, or resign to the fact I have to take the Trace and the Phonic to every gig? All I ever hear about TE heads is that "you'll never have volume problems"!!!! Arrgh!! I can get the volume from the Trace but I'll destroy my beautiful speakers in the process.