HiFi News' AV Tech supplement (www.hifinews.co.uk)) has done it again. After a thorough and informative comparative review of subs there is an excellent comparison of £1,000 receivers (although the graphs are not as useful as they were for the subs). The findings are revealing: - Arcam AVR300: "composed performance, but not quite in the top drawer" - *Denon AVR-3805: "may not have the raw power of the Pioneer, it seems capable of building a more realistic sense of atmosphere" , "dialogue most intelligible of the bunch" - Harman Kardon AVR 630: "not as 'hazy-sounding' as the Yamaha but for all its extra freshness, there's very little richness, body and weight to carry the performance aloft. It's a light salad in a steak restaurant." - *Pioneer VSX-AX5i "The extra power and grip is immediately apparent ... some suggesation of dryness at the very top (with cymbals in particular) ... sounds impressive" - *Rotel RSX-1056: "If you are looking to be transported to the heart of the action, then the RSX-1056 will get you closer than any amplifier at this price. ... bags of headroom, conveying subtle detail, while handling the greatest of impacts ... Confident ... rip-roaring sound" - Yamaha RX-V2400RDS: "In multi-channel by-pass mode ... The overall demeanour of the amp is pretty laid back ... there's a softness about its overall balance ... [but it] doesn't sound compressed, muted or lacking in atmosphere. It's digital inputs were a different matter ... slightly lumpy, one-note bass .. amp is a little short of fireworks if still capable of building a good sense of tension and excitement. Choose speakers with care, because it's a party animal only for the gin, tonic and cocktail sausage set." * = AVTech commendation "The RSX-1056 is our choice for bomb-proof 5.1 performance. Our best buy award ... AVR-3805 ... has more more than a hint of the Arcam's weighty bass, neatly tied-down by the sort of control exercised by the Pioneer." Why can't all mags do reviews like this, where you come away with a good picture of the different strengths and weaknesses of the gear under test, rather than having to read between the lines, or reading that everything is fantasic?