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I certainly would recommend it; absolutely!
It helps to read the reviews and power lab tests that Home Theater magazine does; they show you what is really what with the receivers. ( you can't GET 630 watts from a 450-watt power supply...duhhh...lol; and part of that 450W power supply power has to run other circuits; it isn't all for the audio!).
You can look them up online on their website. It doesn't cost much to subscribe, and you can learn a lot by reading the magazine.
In my opinion, and also Home Theater's opinion, there is no receiver at ANY price that comes close to the sound quality of the Cambridge receivers.
You would have to spend twice as much to even get close, and even that is no guarantee.
One Anthem receiver that costs $3000 was tested by Home Theater, and it put out about 40 watts per channel with all 7 driven, which was WORSE than the $300 Denon 1713.
Denon is more honest than most on their specs, but they all play fast and loose with the truth EXCEPT Cambridge.
Your current receiver is not very good, and those front speakers are dog doodoo. You need to improve both if you want good sound. If you can't do both now, I would get the good speakers and save until you can get the receiver.
BTW-The VC-25 is probably fine; I would keep that. As a matter of fact, the only speakers I would replace are the fronts; all the others are really pretty good. It is just those front speakers that suck.