I have only had ARC gear since 1979 and I have found it to be highly reliable and servicable. I am not particularly anxious about the company being sold, at least as far as my own current equipment is concerned (VT100mkII/LS16). I had an SP5 and a D52B from 1979 until 1999 that never gave me any problems. In fact when I decided to purchase new equipment I was surprised they were still in business. Even if the company tanked completely the equipment can be serviced and repaired through anyone of a number of sources. There seems to be strong opinions about this company, but I have found the designs to be robust and the sonic quality exceptional particularly when the equipment is placed on the performance/value curve. If they go under at least the camp that complains about all the frequent upgrades will be silenced.