Bought this 5.1 recevier from RicherSounds at the start of 1999 and it seems to have died. I haven't altered any inputs e.g. CD, TV, minidisc, DVD sound goes via SCART to a Freeview box to the TV SCART and phonos back to the amp from the TV. I used to use a coax cable from a Sony DVD player into the amp but I sold this back to RS about a year ago and have been making do with a Logix DVD player that doesn't have a coax output, before I go the whole hog and get an HDMI player, plasma etc. Anyway the sound I get now regardless of source/input connector on the amp is a very distant muffled sound. Do amps have a given life expectancy, are they expensive to repair, do specifc parts need replacing? It may actually be the perfect opportunity of course for me to buy a new amp with DPL 2 / DTS!! Thing is I'm not really ready to make the leap just yet because I was waiting to see if HDMI would emerge as a standard.