Does the Kula offer musical perfection in a box that boasts dimensions not much larger than an early generation laptop computer? Sonically it yields perhaps a touch of rare-earthed tonal refinement to the pricier competition, as well as a bit of overall slam and bass power. But when you add to the mix a world-class DAC and "almost as good" phono stage, you come up with something quite special: a downsized single-box solution to all your audio component woes. Be warned, what the Kula offers ain't cheap. But for the well-heeled mélomane downsizing his/her audio possessions to sensible proportions, the Kula offers a compelling mix of dizzying flexibility, gorgeous sound, and superb user-friendliness.