Point was that I've heard the BH SEX and it sucks - to the extent that I would rather take good SS / tube pre over it. I was trying not to be blunt about it. When talking about SET, I mean good implementations meant for speakers, that is with real output transformers, not OTL (unless crazy paralleled OTL designs), not compromised parafeed (which is like throw in a cap AND a transformer in the path). A good SET amp will not be cheap, but it also doesn't need to be super expensive either. Something like the old EC 2A3 with the newer power supplies with the 6D22 would have been great for less than $3k. Too bad they never sold.