I am upgrading all my AV gear and have spent hours trawling through these forums and visiting dealers and I confess I am more than a little stressed, particularly after spending an hour on the phone this morning to a 'quality' dealer in Manchester. There seems to be real a 'snobbery' sorrounding one make or another in the dealers and among the individuals I have met in some of these places. Is there a contest to see who can spend the most - the 'My amp cost more than yours' snobbery, are these people really looking for quality or status?. I also have a real frustration with dealers, they offer you good deals on amps but then give you a load of old BS about your speakers not being up to it and need to be much better blah blah blah ... or they go the other way and say 'your speakers need a much better amp than that'. If I buy the most expensive speakers I can afford and get an absolute steal deal on an amp why should I refuse it and settle for lower specifications simply because my speakers (according to some) aren't up to it - after all they can be upgraded later and the higher spec amp provides a bit of 'future proofing'. Besides if I wait until I can afford the absolute totally matching system (an unacheivable utopia anyway if you ask me) I will never buy anything .... Am I alone in these frustrations?.