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... Rhythminmind, out of interest have you ever heard a Thermionic Phoenix in comparison to the Varis?
Yes before picking up the Varis I did a tube comp shootout between that, the Inward Connections Vac Rac TSL-3, ADL "something", Manley slam & V-mu, & Pendulum.
I'd take them all if I could but the Varis had the best sound & feature set to my ears. Simple interface but unlocks all the features that most of the others force you to by another model. Tube, sidechain, & feedback modes are all user selectable. HCL is run by a great guys, customer service & workmanship pride will always win me over.