Coming from the 1st generation Burson Soloist 3X GT, this amp is indeed a significant step up in performance. This amp will get you very close to what is really there on your favorite recordings. Clean, clear power, grip, and air with a more organic feel from lows to highs than lesser solid state amps bring to the table. I have owned a number of the most recent well reviewed candidates along those lines, and most sound rather sterile in comparison. Highly recommended for your audition!