Last night I was researching a shortlist for my next stereo amp purchase. I also want it to be my last amp purchase - the one that will not have me thinking “What if I had got better?” At 50 odd I am investing some of my retirement fund into it and so I want it to last my lifetime. This is not, in my experience, an unreasonable wish as, last night I was listening to my hifi purchased three decades ago - Pioneer A400, Arcam Alpha+, Systemdek IIX and Castle Chester floor standers. It is all still perfectly working after 30 years (as does my 12 year old Cyrus system, my two rather old Denon Mini systems and my much more recent Cambridge CX and Audiolab M-ONE systems.) I like the sound of my 18 month old and so far impeccably behaved Cambridge CX / Monitor Audio Silver 8 combo and so onto the shortlist goes their top tier Edge and 851 to power the MA Gold 300 speakers I already have. Lyngdorf have their Groupie Fanbase on here so it will also be auditioned along with maybe one or two others brands. Internet forum opinion that I have read suggest Cambridge reputation is big sound quality for buck but with reliability issues and not built to last - someone even claimed to personally know they use the cheapest Caps they can - and poor customer service, which also contradict my own personal experience, albeit I have only contacted for technical questions and not problems. I have found them entirely professional. Lyngdorf, being a small company (?) may not have the same size R&D or QC budget as bigger companies and therefore I wonder if their products are reliable enough for my hard earned and whether they will still be in business should a problem occur. So here is the question - which hifi brands generally have a good reputation - and which a bad one re reliability and customer service in the UK and what could be considered “life expectancy”? Which types of product (e.g. streamer / cd / amp etc. are likely to fail first?