afrogt doesn't like Yamaha. He has a very elitist attitude so take that with a grain of salt. Listen to various systems if you can and do what you feel is best for you, keeping in mind that the speakers will make a difference. Specs are fine but the bottom line is what sounds best to you in your environment, budget, and what you plan to do in the future, upgrade your receiver or speakers (speakers are more important). It doesn't really matter what we say.