Sorry everyone I am reposting my original question because this conversation is way off track:\n\nSo here is my dilemma. I can now afford a used but wonderful amp, either a:\n\n1. Krell Showcase 7\n2. Conrad Johnson MF5600\n\nBoth are recapped and in fine working condition. In fact the Krell Showcase 7's caps have been significantly upgraded, and I believe much better sonically than the original and the CJ has new caps as well but similar to the original. Of course the Krell is a 7 channel while the CJ is only a 5 channel but that is okay. Both sound delicious. (don't care about 5 or 7 channel, price, cosmetics... just care about the sound)\n\nMy question is this:\nFor pure audio bliss (transparency, control and soundstage...) which would be the preferred unit to listen to?\n\nWithout knowing what you are paying, you're buying a name to me. If the Krell is $800 and in perfect working order, cool but hard to know. Well designed amps should not do anything except amplify the signal. If it can with out clipping get any amp you want. They dont have "soundstages" .