Hi, Well, having tried and been horribly disappointed by the bypass stereo performance of a Tag AV30R I tried an Arcam AV8. What a difference! Whereas the Tag sounded compressed and veiled the Arcam sounds open and transparent with good stereo imaging. Sounds less 'digital'. The performance on movies is also superior to the Tag (IMHO). Of course the Arcam does cost a lot more than the Tag and a more natural competitor to the Arcam would be the Tag AV32R. However, I have to say that I prefer the tonal balance of Arcam's stuff. Anyway, I'm a seriously happy camper now. Regards, Jules.