I'm considering changing my Pioneer setup, not because I don't like it but because the amp is just too deep for the proposed av cabinet I am planning to build. So, that means giving up iLink too. I currently find the iLink connection to be utterly superb and am delighted with the sound I get. Changing to a smaller amp probably means I'm going back towards 5.1 analogue phonos for SACD/DVD-A. So, as a trade off, I will want a better player than my 757 and I was looking at the A11. In a straight comparison with between the 757 and AX5i's DACS, the AX% wins hands down using the iLink. The 757 with phonos doesn't come close. So, If I get an amp the has a good 5.1 bypass and an A11, how will it sound. I'm talking about music really and interested in CD and SACD performance using the DACS in the player. Any opinons?