Hi, As a new Tag AV30R owner I thought I'd post my first impressions. I just purchased a new Tag AV30R processor from Sevenoaks in Watford. The system into which its being put is as follows: Roksan Caspian DSP (AV processor) Roksan Caspian 5-channel amp (Power amp) Arcam FMJ CD23 Wharfedale DVD Player B&W Nautilus 805 (Fronts) B&W Nautilus HTM2 (Centre) B&W DM610 (Rears) Sonus Faber Gravis (Sub) First impressions are as follows: 1) In any mode which 'activates' the rear channels there is a huge amount of hiss coming from the rear speakers (but everything else is silent). Since Sevenoaks have lent me a demo unit I'm hoping that this is a unit-specific issue. 2) In AV mode it's an awesome processor. It completely destroys the Roksan DSP. I can see that I'm going to be spending a very long time revisiting most of my DVDs. 3) As a stereo preamp for the Arcam CD player the Tag is very poor. Stereo imaging is non-existant and the transparency of the Roksan's analogue bypass is completely missing. It sounds flat and veiled. This is the case both for the Tag's bypass input and also when using its own DAC(s). Very disappointing (and surprising). I'm currently planning to route the Tag thru the Roksan's 5.1 bypass for AV and to use the Roksan as a stereo preamp for the Arcam CD player. This should give me the best of both worlds; a killer stereo preamp (in the Roksan) and a killer AV preamp (in the Tag). I know its extravagant but the Tag really is a poor stereo preamp (IMHO). For me the irony is that a few years ago I lusted after an AV32 and if I'd bought one and used its DACs I would probably have regarded it as a fantastic stereo preamp. However having used what I regard as a much better one I now believe that the Tag is actually not very good in this role. Regards, Jules.