It was money....and impulse and impatience to be honest ....But also with some reason. I looked at Parasound amps, namely the Halo 23+ but that, with even the most economical Parasound Pre was up towards $2,000.00. Not in my budget.\nOther options were higher end integrated amps but used. But I decided against several 15 to 20 year old integrated amps thinking they would need service in the next several years. Maybe yes, maybe no but capacitors only last so long.\nThen I gravitated to a new brand; Iotavx SA3 and the PA3.....great subjective reviews but only so-so bench test.\n\nMy budget was approx $1,000.00. The Nikko set has a new lease on life and the set was $795.00...totally restored and recapped. I figured I'd give it a try. The amp has 2 transformers, two separate power supply boards, 2 heat sinks, etc... I imagine if this was made today, the amp and pre would be more in the $2000.00 to $3,000.00 range. Just a guess.\n\nIf nothing else, this will be a learning experience for me.\n\n\nDoubt if there's going to be much difference; I wouldn't have bothered chasing different electronics for a slight change in speaker. \n\nI just don't remember much about Nikko except maybe for ministack systems?