Okay folks, let's talk about the TBI MIllenia, and it's magic box.
First the Millenia. It's tiny. the box itself is about 2" x 5.5" x 6" and the jack pack in the back (whoa, I'm a poet!) plus the volume nob on the front add a bit more than an inch to the depth, so it needs about 2" x 7" x 6"of space to live in by itself. The amp enclosure is aluminum and the package has nice heft and an overall quality feel to it. The volume control feels smooth. The rear is a bit congested (duh) and the jacks for the speaker outputs are not 5-ways, so you can't just plug in straight from the back, which adds to the crowding and forces you to attach the speaker wires from the outside in, which is pretty sloppy looking -- no hiding wires with this amp. But I managed to get everything wired together pretty easily, so no big deal. It comes with a set of 20-gauge speaker wires, which I would replace with a heavier gauge if I were looking to run the wire more than a couple of feet, but I'm only running it about 6 inches to the magic box, so again I don't much care. Power comes from an external transformer that looks like a PC's, and you can use that, or literally any other transformer or external battery that delivers between 12 and 24 volts and can be plugged in to the standard jack. There's also a battery compartment for 8 AA batteries. All comes in a nicely printed and packed box that was in another box with the magic box (yeah, that wasn't exactly poetic, was it?). Overall, I'd give it 4.5 stars for physical presentation, with the missing half-star caused by the lack of 5-way posts.
Now about the magic box. It's a 2.5" x 4.625" black plastic electronics box with 2 sets of speaker jacks on opposite sides. For $100, I was hoping for aluminum, but I guess plastic is okay as long as the internal parts work well, and they do. I will note that the jacks were mislabeled, so that L and R are swapped if you follow the labels. When I first looked at it the labels didn't make much sense to me, since L was on the left on both sides of the box, which would have meant that the wires would have to cross each other inside that small box.. That seemed wrong, and it isn't the way Jan did it. He just didn't label it correctly. Again, not a major problem for me, since I have listened to my demo tunes so often that I immediately knew that the sides were swapped and I just re-did the connections. But he shouldn't have screwed up the labeling, which is literally just black marker on gold circular stickers. He did use 5-way posts on the magic box, so plugging in the taps' banana jacks is easy. I'd give the magic box 1 star for physical presentation, but it works, and that's a lot more important than what it's made of or looks like.
So how does it sound? I'm not telling. Bwahahahahah.
Okay, I will, but note that these are first impressions, subject to change with hours of comparative listening. Here are the key words: warm; full-bodied; inviting. The antithesis of analytical. Lush mids, per the LCD family sound. The sound stage is smaller than the Emo's, but still a bit bigger than the Adcom pre-amp's. Bass decay is much slower than with the Emo, so the sound can be a bit sloppy or boomy on bassy tunes with fast transitions. But all of the rest of the "you are there" realism and detail that the LCD-3s offer is there, and that realism was missing for me a bit on the Emo, at least for the short time I've listened to it. Highs on the Millenia are relatively smooth, less rolled off than with the Adcom, and much less prominent than on the Emotiva. In my view the Emo sounds analytical because at this point it is missing some mid-range. That is not the case with the Millenia. If anything there might be too much mid-range and mid-bass for the LCD-3s, since mids are their emphasis as well. But this little amp LOVES acoustic guitars and male human voices. On a hunch I fed it Mumford and Sons' Babel, and it sounds really great.
Okay, enough for now. I have to work tomorrow. And listen to lots of music tomorrow night. So off to bed.