I am going to edit out "preferring" because it wasn't really accurate. I just really didn't want to put the particular issues I had with the Freya S in this thread. I didn't want some lurker to read the post and get the wrong idea but given my previous posts in this thread I need to clarify things. I really never got to hear the Freya S Nexus stage under normal circumstances. The Freya S and my amp just wouldn't play nice together - the result was an insane amount of hiss that was audible during music playback when the S was in Nexus mode. Passive mode worked wonderfully well as I stated earlier in this thread. I had a dialog with Schiit and sent them the specs and information on my amp and they couldn't find a reason why this was happening. I tried two different Freya Ss and the result was the same so this is just unique to me and anyone else who has built the same amp. No fault of anyone and Schiit was really cool about it. The Freya + was quiet as a mouse though in both JFET and Tube mode. So I really think the Nexus stage had issues with my amp.