Interesting parallel - just so happens to be what I'm looking at on eBay right now. All these replies have been strangely liberating. I'm still open minded either way but at least I can confidently spend £50 now instead of £200.DIB said:Before I settled on my current system of nearly 4 years now, I had a Creek Evo 2 amp driving a pair of Focal 906v's. Excellent combination and I used Van Damme Studio Blue 2.5mm to great effect. I still have Van Damme now and cannot see or hear any reason to change.