I shall be upgrading my amplifier very soon and I hoped someone here would have some tips. I currently use an Audiolab 8000A but it is very old and in not too good shape now. I would like to buy something with a remote control that will go well with my Meridian 507 CD and Castle Howard S2 speakers. It will also be used to drive the front speakers in my AV system so a volume read out or a fixed volume input would be handy. So far the AVI integrated amp has caught my eye - except AVI did not reply to my email and I have not found a dealer anywhere near me. It's also not the best for my AV system as I'll have to continue sticking the amp to roughly 12'o'clock. I listened to an Arcam FMJ 32 and a Meridian pre-power setup yesterday (501 and 559) and obviously the Meridian blew the Arcam away with a much better soundstage. Hardly suprising considering the 559 is £2500 and way out of my league. After the audition I am considering buying the 501 with either one or two 556 power amps. Anyone else have experience with these amps or have any recommendations for how I can spend £1000 to £2000 on some new amplification? Thanks in advance for any help.