Opinions on Parasound A21 & A21+

I have been informed that the sonics of both the older and new Parasound A21s are very similar.  I have never heard a Parasound product, let alone this model.  Forgetting for this moment system synergy, how good do you rate is this amplifier?  In basic sound character, is it a smooth operator with a non grainy, non fatiguing signature, that with proper systems matching will throw a 3d soundstage? Is it the entry-way to a high end, high power amplifier?  Please feel free to provide any down sides to this amplifier.  Last, what other amplifiers new or used in this $2,500-$3,100 price range would you consider?  I will mention that I generally hold onto my amplifiers for a long while so I prefer to buy new.

I have scoured and read many prior posts on this subject, but would just like some current opinions.  Thanks in advance.
It sounds like you already know the sonic characteristics. I hope by now you have listened to them.
They are a great value, and very good sounding. I like them better than a lot of Pass amps. Of course, Audiogon is Pass country, but that's my opinion.

Amps I might trade them for are from Ayre or Audio Research modern integrated.


manufacturer direct pricing and 20 year warranty as you like to keep them...though the warranty is also extended to the 2nd owner...