I keep seeing posts of people asking what Preamp they should get for $500 or $600, and if there is anything that is good out there. I have an ART Digital MPA Gold channel mic preamp that I am as pleased as punch with. As far as I know it is all tube and to me it sounds great! Granted, it is my first real preamp, so I don't have a lot to compare it to (I do have some seventh circle audio stuff on the way, but it will take some time to build that). But I have been absolutely satisfied with all of my results so far. It sounds *great* to me when mic-ing my Marshall half-stack, it sounds very good on vocals, it has a very good sound direct-in, and it is very flattering when used as the preamp for drum overheads. I am even thinking about getting another one so I can use one for drum overheads and one for guitars. I guess my reasons for this post are two-fold: First, I just wanted to let everyone know that I really like this preamp and I find it to be a *huge* improvement compared to preamps on a mixer or Digi 002. Anyone looking for a good preamp on a budget should seriously give this unit some consideration. If you don't need the built in Digital converters the standard ART Gold Channel is about $100 cheaper. Second, since I don't have much to compare it to directly, I wanted to ask others who have used it where they would say it lies sonically- i.e., what high-end preamps is it similar to (if any), how the quality compares to other more expensive stuff. Like I said I really like mine but I don't have a lot to compare it to so I was curious what others with more experience would liken it to.