Perhaps a bit more background about my journey.
Its very hard to audition anything - it requires audition in my home not a showroom, and speakers are too hard in that regard, plus I wanted to equal the quality of the AMWs (what would I have to pay?).
I wanted an integrated amp, as separates meant even more auditions, plus interconnects add another audition dimension and complicate things even more.
I wanted something that was well built, not Chinese-made with flimsy buttons and presumably flimsy electronics. I wanted it to last maybe 20 yrs (foolish? maybe).
So I went for an amp that came from a solid background. I also happen to like its sound. I had previously had a Lux 507U which had awesome bass but I felt the rest was veiled - I go to live concerts, so I know what live sounds like, and Lux didn't do it. Sugden did.
So after all this, maybe its the amp that should stay - but then it means replacing the speakers. Aarrggghh!
So if I was to change the amp, which? - I can't afford the likes of ME. (I did audition the Musical Fidelity M6i and was very disappointed).