I have a barely broken in Nova 220SE. This is the best of it's generation. Tube buffer (which is no longer an option as of this summer). 220 watts into 8 ohms doubles into 4. It will drive anything and yet is smooth and delicate. Got a lot of giant killer reviews. I bought it almost a year ago and it has been stored in its original box for the past 5 months. Before that it played beautifully with Harbeths and Scansonics. Beautiful Piano Black finish with no marks or blemishes. This is simply a great amp. 9 is conservative (really!). And I'm even covering the shipping.