I was in Richers last week and bought a a Tangent AMP 100 (Eltax's high end brand).\n\nMy old Marantz PM6010 has lots of faults including soldering problems, failing caps etc.\n\nThe sales man was going through all the options and reckoned this £100 amp was a real bargain and sounded a lot better than you would expect.\n\nHe said I could bring it back if I don't like the sound.\n\nI got it back given it a few days to warm in, and it sounds very good. It does many things better than my marantz, the timing is a lot better and it is very musical.\n\nHowever the vocals sound a bit restrained, I am not convinced the soundstage is that great. My question is what do I need to spend to make a big improvement on it? These Tangent sounds very very good.\n\nBut I am wondering I was so spend £250 on a Cambridge Azur 540 V2 if the improvement would be worth the extra £150.\n\nI want something new as I have have been unlucky second hand and just love that new feeling. The tangent can easily be returned.\n\nJust wanted a bit of advice. What I will say is I have had lots of budget amps and this Tangent souinds a lot better than my parents Marantz PM4000.\n\nEdit I think I get what the problem is, its the midrange it just dosn't sound as clean as I am used to. The Zuton's new album for example sounds very very good on it but something like Simon and Garfunkel or Johnny Cash lacks that mid range sparke. Its same with Roy Orbision.\n\nBasicaly this amp is cracking for punk/indie but not much else.\n\nSo do any amps exist with smooth midrange but plenty of sparkle else where?\n\nI reckon its going to be between the NAD BEE or the Azure 540 V2 whch is more expensive.