Well, Ill create some enemies here but were all entitled to our opinions and Im talking here more to those people who listen to more music than watch movies and are thinking about an AVR to replace their amp. I think my ears are pretty good, having study music I have quite good pitch, so Im quite fussy about by hi-fi. Therefore, Im sorry to report I was a bit disappointed in the AVR300 running through my BW603s. I tried all sorts of sound settings and most modes only seem to add an echo effect to stereo. I also tried bumping up the treble (not much change there). I couldnt understand why it was so muffled at low volumes. It only started to sound at all dynamic at about 70db, which was too loud for the wife (a lot of amps start to sound good at high volumes). Whereas my lowly old 40w Pioneer amp sounds louder or more dynamic at lower volumes. Yes, I know this doesnt make sense but thats the best I can describe it. Perhaps someone understands the phenomenon Im trying to express here. To me, the sound just wasnt crisp enough, I wanted more tis on the drums and almost some sibilance but the sound was just too smooth and at low volumes sounded as if it was playing through a sock! At 60dbs it really sounded average and to me not worth £1200. I dont see why I have to have loud to have dynamic, my existing 40w add doesnt need that, it sounds quite good even at low volumes. Ok, I could try biamping it and that might improve the umph but I don't think it will change the basic sound. I also found stereo direct just highlighted the weakness of the system as an amp. I certainly think it must be based on a65 circuitry than anything else Arcam make. The volume control was also most annoying. Why does it take so much effort just to go up a few dbs. Why cant the thing move in 2dbs or something or be smoother to turn so its faster (some of us dont like remotes). Some of these people who make these machines should really go along to some live concerts and get the feel of the sound there, where you can hear the lightest of touch to a guitar string and snare drum. Thats the sound I want from my hifi. I think it will have to go back and Ill have to have a rethink. I guess at the end of the day better stereo is more important to me than surround sound. I may even have to look at some other makes as some people here have criticised the A90 as not being bright or dynamic enough. Just my view.