Recently went to a friends house and listened to a Bluray movie on his system (same player as mine) but he was using the Sony STR-DH820 amp. Now I know my Yamaha RX-V1400RDS is getting long in the tooth, and it wasn't a proper test !! but I was amazed at how impressive his setup sounded. So good people of this forum can it really be that a modern £250 amp is so much better than the Yamaha which cost circa £600 when I bought it. Have things really moved on that much ? So I'm about to start the tour of local Hi-Fi specialists testing various options but where to start ? Will I really get a better amp for less than £300 or should I be starting higher to really improve on the Yamaha ?