For those who understand German, high praise for McIntosh here:
McIntosh MVP 891 im Test - stereoplay - Magnus.de
High end performance for CD, SACD (+ surround) and Blu-ray!
Stereoplay is a decent magazine and they have an excellent site with good listing of gear they tested as best.
Stereo: Halgorythme pre and mono blocks, Burmester 061 - 931 - 948 - V3 & V6 racks, Vivid Audio G2 Giyas, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse IC and SE SC
AV: Halgorythme mono block (center) & stereo (surrounds - on order), Pioneer SC-LX81, Oppo BDP-95EU, Vivid Audio C1 & V1w's, B&W PV1, Wireworld SE