First let me say that I am not sure where this thread fits best. In the news section of the August 2002 issue of What Hi*Fi? (UK), I found the following headline: This comes from one of the pioneers of high-end stereo reproduction. My parents' vintage Marantz Model 7 tube pre-amp and Model 8B tube power amp sit in my den. As I look at them, I can't believe that a representative of this company would make such an abhorrent statement. Even if this is true, don't say it! Just focus on home-theater products and move on! This certainly is not my father's Marantz. Saul Marantz must be rolling over in his grave.