Yes it was a very interesting comparison indeed. I agree with your comments Clive. I thought the Pass XA30 was very “polite” sounding, dull? Having owned the Int-30a, it should have sounded better. As it was never taxed by the Astors (the needle stayed around the middle of the meter) and it puts out 195w into 4ohms, I’d put it down to the synergy with the Meridian pre. I was very impressed with the Vitus, had good control of the HFs and very good bass grip. Very nice neutral sounding amp IMO and yes, Hotel California really rocked. The Melody was the surprise package, very lively sound, with that lovely tubey midrange. It didn’t quite have the control of the HFs or bass, but there was plenty of bass that’s for sure! My pick of the day was the Vitus, for best sound MNO, IMO. Was it it $7k better than the Melody... not in my humble opinion! Thanks for a very enjoyable afternoon Clive.