Hello all, this is my first post. I am looking for amp advice (and later, speakers). My current setup is as follows; Arcam Alpha 5 amp Technics SL-PS770A CD player Denon TU-215 RD Tuner Aiwa AD-F850 (3 head) Cassette deck Mordaunt Short 25i Pearls (Biwired with Cable Talk 3 cables) Stands Unique rack I find that the system is now lacking a bit of oomph, and the amp gets a bit shouty (loses control) at 60% - 70% volume. Its not always that loud, but I can't help it with Linkin Park in the CD player . I have read the threads and here are my questions; 1. I've always liked the idea of owning an Audiolab amp. These can be found secondhand, but would I be buying trouble? 2. Are there new amps out there that now sound better than Audiolabs, for not silly money. My budget is £500. 3. I also like the idea of going preamp and power amp, so an Audiolab C+P sounds good, but in reality, am I better off getting an amp like the Marantz PM7200 (or a NAD). I've been away from the HiFi game for a bit (can you tell from my setup ) so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance, AnilS.