I previously had a Yamaha DSP-AX430RDS receiver which was getting on a bit, but sounded pretty good when playing movies, but 2ch stereo was appalling. I was going to buy either a Yam 757SE or a Pioneer 1015. The problem with both was the depth of the cases. Looking around I noticed that the H/K receivers were fairly shallow and would fit nicely into my TV cabinet. I didn't want the basic model, even though it was similarly priced to the 2 receivers I had in mind. I spotted the AVR340 on ebay and got it for £450, brand new. It arrived yesterday and I hurriedly tried to set it up. Nothing would work. I tried mapping the sources with the required inputs and the only thing I could get working was the analogue feed from my cable box. My Sony DVD rec. or my MCE PC wouldn't output any sound. I was getting a bit p*ssed of by this time and the missus was telling me to leave it and have a fresh start tomorrow. I had a few pints in te pub, came back and managed to figure it out. Viola! Success. Now to get the auto set up/eq working, as I was having problems with that as well. I eventually got it set up today and it blew me away!! I played the opening battle scene in Saving Private Ryan and it was astounding. I always knew my speakers were capable of so much more and the H/K has finally released their potential. Playing a DTS version of Dark Side of the Moon revealed a new depth to the surround experience. Wonderful!! Finally 2ch music was also superb, with the double bass in Tom Waits Mule Variations having just the right amount of weight & fluidity.....I'm well chuffed. Main spk: Kef Q6 Centre: Kef Q90C Rear: Kef 60S Sub: REL Quake I thoroughly recommend the H/K as a great surround amp and as a very competent 2ch performer.