Ive always considered CA just a notch below Marantz/Rotel, that is until I got the Azur 340a integrated. Found a coupon online and picked it up for a sweet $199 shipped. Been messing around with it for only 3 days but so far I am very impressed. Separation of instruments and vocals are amazing, at times beating my old (more expensive - HCA-1000A amp and P/HP-850 pre amp) Parasound system in clarity and detail. On the low end the bass is punchy and very dynamic. The only negative is the midrange sounds a bit thin to me, well not really a negative but more of a preference. Overall the amp is a joy to listen to especially with slower more vocal oriented music. IMO its a steal at this price range. Im curious as to why there is no talk on these forums about the Azur line, especially since I see so many positive reviews just from googling.