Over the weekend i was trying out a Onkyo 818 and B&W cm8/9's and although the performance was good it didnt quite have the 'thing' i was looking for. The excitement wasnt there ! Dug out an 5 year old Kenwood 3020se amp that i had and there was a marked improvement with sound, it came alive. Am i right/wrong in thinking that the 818 just wont do it when comes to audio ? I wont deny that the 818 is a great bit of kit but maybe for a £1200-1800 speakers they wont do them justis ! Does any other AV amp offer excellent audio performance and be worth checking or should i just go for stright amp ? Cheers D.S.