Nice to hear from someone who has both Zanden and Nagra. My mind is made up, only the small matter of money. It will be a mix between the Zanden (3000) and the Nagra Classic amp. Of course I will report when the time is there. It is often said that the 3000 and 9600 should be viewed as one compenent. So maybe.... that will be the final (;-)) step. I wonder how much difference there is between the 9600 mk.1 and mk.2. If anyone has first hand experience about this, I really want to knowSounds like you're smitten niroda... I'm not sure a 10 year old tactical product release like the Jazz was in a fair contest with the latest flagship of Zanden, but as jfrech alludes, they will have differing characters and are probably consistent in that regard; buy with your heart perhaps...? Zanden definitely has an inner beauty, the bloom and dimensionality their products provide is perhaps, part of that sophistication. Of course sophistication comes in many guises, and I am certain a Classic/MPS and to a greater extent the HD series, would exhibit their own interpretation of sophistication. For me, whilst I remain with a foot in two camps (owning Zanden and Nagra) I have still to work out which direction to go, or perhaps there's nothing wrong in mixing it up... When you get round to your purchase, enjoy!