Doesn't seem like these guys get much press around here with all the hubub about the Avalon U5. I just received one in the mail -- I got it off e-bay for $365 ($419 is the normal price, I think) I've only had it a couple hours, but it's clearly a fantastic piece of equipment. Brilliant sound quality, even through the headphone output. It's half-rack sized, so with a half-rack parametric eq, you could have a one-rack space preamp of VERY high quality. Sound is so good I'm considering gigging with it, using just my Pedulla's active EQ for tone shaping. Not ultra-versatile, but the sound is sooo pure! You can even get a little tube push with the gain cranked. Worth a shot if you're looking for a quality DI/preamp with tube warmth and a more manageable size than the Avalon. I'd love to A/B the two units.