After many demos, research and careful consideration, I purchased the Bryston combo. I think Im right in saying that Im the only person on these forums who does have this combo! Anyway, my initial thoughts are as follows:- The build qulaity is excellent, solid and well made, hence the 20 yr warranty!! This build quality extends to the remote (solid and made from metal) which is far better than any of its competitors that I tested, i.e. TAG, Lexicon, Arcam. The remote also has a light sensor, which activates the back light in darkened conditions. Nice touch!! Sound quality:- Ive had the kit for a week now and I have to start by saying that my criteria for choosing my processor was that it had to be excellent with music, this was my main priority as I listen to far more music than I watch films. The Bryston does not dissapoint, in fact IMO, it excells! As a pre amp using the by pass mode it is truely transparent, unlike the TAG AV32R that I previously owned. The Bryston combo delivers the music in a natural unfatigueing way, with open mids, sparkling not harsh treble and truly deep, controlled bass!! In fact I never knew that my speakers could go that low! With films its really more of the same. The sound does not come across as processed or digitised. I initialy thought that the sound wasnt as detailed as with the TAG, but I was wrong!! It is! Its just that it presents things in a natural way. It doesnt force things or try to overwhelm you. I hope Im making sense! The sound stage is wide and totaly enveloping. I really can't believe how good it is!!! So is there a down side? Well, the set up does leave a bit to be desired. The TAG is ahead in this area and also wins as regards to the display screen on the unit. Bryston really should have put a larger LCD panel on the unit as the space is there. There are also no video switching capabilities but an add on unit can be purchased if required. (Not a priority for me) I havent set things up properly as yet but will do now I have my Avia dvd (Thanks Piero!) In conclusion, I think that everyone knows that the Bryston amps are excellent but not many are considering the SP1.7! If you are considering processors around this price range, you really owe it to yourself to include this on your list!! Its somewhat of a sleeping giant!!!!