I live in a remote area where I have access to only a couple of audio dealers that mostly sell mass market equipment; however, I have been able to audition the Krell 300i, a NAD and an ARCAM integrated, none of which impressed me very much except for perhaps the Krell which even at recent discounts sells for more than I want to pay. The YBA Integre and Classe CAP 151 are also considerations, but again both appear to be selling for more than $1500 even used or as demos. I have heard and been impressed with Bryston components in the past, and their reliability and 20 year warranty are attractive attributes given my location. The Creek has received such favorable reviews recently that it seemed like it should also be given serious consideration, and it is in my price range. You have to narrow your choices somehow, so this is the logic (failed though it may be) that I have used. Thanks for the feedback.