All, Hope someone can help. I have a Meridian CD player hooked to a amp set-up comprising pre-amp and 2xpower amps - the amp stage is all valve, from Hong Kong manufactrer Audio Space - think the units are made in China. The speakers are Proac 125's and the sound is very lovely. The problem is that for useable volume, I am right at the bottom end of the dial, and for very low levels (at night) I am only adjusting through very small increments to go from just about ok to too loud for the household. I would also like to get a remote controllable volume pot (source switching not an issue) cos I am lazy. I am wondering if it would be possible to either (a) get a passive pre-amp, like Creek, but do not know if the Meridian provides a strong enough signal direct, or (b) look for a new pre-amp. I have a strange idea ot partner a 502 pre from ebay, or clearance stock from dealers, but have no idea if this will be a good mixture - very much solid state to valve combo? Any advice, experience, input would be muchly appreciated. Thanks in advance and a very happy Christmas to all. Hope Santa brings all those AV and Hifi goodies you've all been hankering for through the year!