madeinstein, the best way would be to take a demo with some of your own CDs. It's too much money to risk on the say-so o someone else. I, for one, absolutely love my Arcam system.
Yes as soon as my local shop gets the PMC GB1i (I'm waiting 3 weeks already) I will go and do some listening. My initial setup is going to be Arcam A38+CD37+PMC speakers which from what I've read so far is a very good combination.
The idea behind this topic is to know what should I compare this with.. You could say that Arcam is going to be my reference setup. I will definitely compare this with Linn system although this is slightly different price range and I'm not sure if I want to go that far
.. Then Naim/Cambridge Audio looks like a good competition. I would love to compare Arcam with Primare I30 but unfortunatelly my local shop doesn't do Primare but I think Sevenoaks might so I need to schedule some time with them as well.
I want to hook it up with some music server/digital streaming server so I do not have to use CD's (and maybe I will not even get CD player if I find a good substitute) but this discussion is on a different topic here
if anyone is interested.