I find that when you stop looking for something - sometimes fate has a way of putting it right in front of you when you least expect it. I was picking up a load of turntable parts machines from a supplier when I spot a pair of boxes in the background. I asked if there really were NS-1000M's in the boxes - he verified there were. After a few minutes of back and forth, they came home with me. They're set up alongside the Carver ALS and I've been doing some A/B comparisons (the Carvers have long been the winners of A/B compares in the past). I do believe the Carvers have met their match. Twice I had to verify the sub (Snell Sub-500) was indeed NOT playing along with the Yamaha's - they really don't need one! All I can say is I'm a very happy camper!