If I hadn't recently bit the bullet and ordered a Bottlehead Eros I would snap this up (actually I'm still tempted) the internal pics just shout quality with all those nice components and cabling the sort of parts you just don’t normally see used in off the shelf products and you just know its going to sound great...
Tough call on Sturridge but to be honest i don't like the way he is publicly disrespecting the managers decision, air your grievances in private not on camera. For this reason I feel he's not willing to be part of the team but is above the team so if we can get good money for him then let him go, I won't miss him.
I've got the AS500 - basically the same as the 501 but without the DAC - driving Vienna Acoustics Haydns. I've had it a few years now and love it, loads of power, plenty of inputs, remote control, plenty of facilities... one the best hi-fi amps I've ever had, and I've got through quite a few over the past 25 years or so!