It was a surprise to read of the sale of Audio Research. I didn't realize the company was in any difficulty. Surely Audio Research must be considered the American audio icon, along with Mark Levinson, Krell, Conrad Johnson, Rowland, and Pass Labs. My fear is that the company's dedication to service (they service everything they've ever made) will suffer. I still don't understand how this could happen, given the excellent Reference products of late. Oh well, as Queen would have it..'another one bites the dust'