Thanks - Manchester unfortunately, but appreciate the offer.Have owned a couple of sonic Ts (wasn't impressed), dem'd an IcePower Bel Canto (bored), and use a Bel Canto Evo2, which is tripath powered and I love.My experiences suggest that just like most other technology, there's good and bad implementations and also that system matching is vital.
If you're in south London, you're welcome to come and have a listen.
That is exactly the way l my Virtue Audio sounds, warm, full and full of tonal colour, smooth to a fault and very,very musicalI listen almost exclusively to vinyl through a valve phonostage feeding into Bel Canto Evo2 Gen2 power amps. These Bel Cantos are Tripath powered, and in my setup sound on the warm side of neutral, with excellent resolution and clarity right through the frequency range. They sound pretty valve-like to me! Nothing like the dull or clinical or lifeless sounds being described in other posts, and certainly no problem handling the treble range. I'd strongly recommend listening to the BC Evo2s (not their later ICE-powered amps, which I think sound quite different) and also their combination with a valve pre or phonostage.