I've never gotten the whole "hybrid" thing... I mean, there's a single tube in the preamp. due to the nature of the cascading gain stages in a high-gain tube amp, that means you're not going to get any serious distortion out of the thing (as there's a two stage limit if both sides of the tube are for the distortion channel, or a single stage if it's for the distortion and the clean) without some significant solid-state assist. So, you're paying extra for what's essentially a solid state power amp running through a solid state pre... Either save your money and go full SS, as there's some perfectly good sounding solid state amps out there (give a Tech 21 a try sometime- damn.), or hold out until you can afford to go all tube.