I read so many statements everyday on this and other forums about what many feel are the best available preamp options. The Ampeg SVP-PRO, SWR IOD, EBS, Kern, Demeter, Alembic, etc. A lot of times the cost of the preamp option is a big factor. Regardless of what the variables are, I very rarely hear the Peavey Max mentioned as a viable option. I'm not trying to hate on any of the options that I named earlier or any that I may have missed. I just want to know why it seems that so many feel that the Peavey Max is just not a serious candidate? Alright, I got my flame retardant suit on now. Let's hear it!