Recieved the old Arcam back from the Charity establishment on Friday, and out of curiosity thought I'd hook it up. Have to say the price difference between the Alpha and Leema, unsurprisingly, is glaring.
The Alpha sounds thin, doesn't have the lovely 3d soundstage and imaging, and a lot detail had gone AWOL. Most disconcerting is how it deals with vocals: With the volume above 7 o'clock, female voices sound teeth-shatteringly brittle. I know haven't hooked it up for some time, but I don't remember it sounding this disappointing (checked to make sure it was wired correctly).
Normal service has been resumed, just pray the Leema doesn't go wrong - couldn't stand anymore than two days of the Alpha without it driving me bananas.