Meridian 561 original

what is a reasonable piece that will sound as good as the Meridian and also have a more reasonable price.
The old 561's are going pretty cheap these days. If you want a better processor for less you could do a Meridian 565. You only have 3 inputs I think (Digital Coax / Optical / Analog RCA), so you better have a simple system. The way you get more inputs is by adding a 562V. I did an A/B camparisson as a dealer back in the day and the 565 sounds better. The 565 had better pre-amp stages in them according to Meridian.