Ok, Caveat: Yes I'm a noob. Yes, I've spent some time here searching. No, I've not been able to find an answer to my specific question. Yes, that's probably because I'm a noob.... For the last 2 years or so, I've been running a Pioneer636D dvd player through a Yamaha A592 amplifier to a set of 4 Mission bookshelfs, a Mission seventy something or other centre, and a paradigm pdr10 sub. The onboard decoder of the 636D feeds the 6 channel input of the amp via 6 phonos. The room has a large tv, but no aerial socket, sky, ntl, cd player, etc. This is a DVD only room (at the moment). To my ears, the amp makes a decent enough noise, but only really pulls itself together when above 25% volume. Below this, its all a bit supressed and odd. Now the fun bit: Through tenuous circumstance, I've just been offered £100 for the A592. I'm very much considering taking this option, and adding £100-£150 of my own to get a better amp for the room. Question is, do you think £200-£250 of modern amp would give a better result than the existing setup? Is £100 a fair price for the A592 (am I or him being rude?)? At the top of my budget (I think) is the Yamaha DSPAX630, although I'm pretty desparate to find one under £250. Looking equally attractive is the RXV430RDS at Richers for £179, which may be a better bang per buck, as such. I don't think I really need prologic II, as I'm only ever playing DTS or DD5.1 through her. I do have some DD mono and stereo films, if that matters? I'm also eyeing the Marantz offerings, but I don't really know much about their amps as yet. As stated, its DVD only at the moment (fed via RGB to the tv, so no switching needed) but in the future I might upgrade to an SACD or DVDA player, so may have an influence. There's an m$ console that I might want to plug in on occasion too, so it'd be good if there was atleast 2 digital inputs. As a reference point, I wouldn't object to keeping the 6 channel inputs either, as I've got all the cables I need to maintain this connection in addition. I accept that sound quality is fairly subjective, but we do have reviews (right?) so there must be some measurable differences. Basically, whats winning awards at this price point currently? Where's a good place to buy? Why don't any of my local stores let me audition this stuff, and will I ever not be a noob? Ok, I think I'm all typed out. Your turn.