We’ve been so happy with the performance of the 218ia since we put it on display that it deserves to be spotlighted on the blog. It’s a single-ended design that pumps out a very robust 22 watts per channel. Along with being completely point to point wired, the 218ia uses one 845 output tube per side. The sound is magical, it’s both very controlled and transparent while still having a liquid midrange with wonderful harmonics. It’s price is $3,500, which is not altogether inexpensive, but for the performance it is an absolute bargain.