Looking for advice/thoughts - Denon vs Pioneer

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    Hello there,

    First proper post on here as I'm looking to do a full upgrade on my system for my new house move. I won't bore with the details of what I have (7-8 year old Sony integrated system) and I also can't remember my model of TV (first 3D Sony from a few years back) :blush:

    I'm looking to spend under £2000 on this, and I'm a bit of a sucker for reading too many reviews and being a bit too pernickety.

    I've decided on buying Monitor Audio MASS Speakers, and I'm looking for an Amp to back them up.

    I was considering the Sony STR DN 1040 but read a few comments on here about it lack of build quality and functions. I'm now looking at a Denon AVR-X3000 or the Pioneer SC-2023 but struggling to find reviews or comments on here about them.

    So far the biggest plus for me is the Zone 2 video (I think - it is in the X4000 which shares a lot with the X3000) to run through the wall into my Kitchen TV so I can use my Sky or any other devices attached when moving between rooms. Other than that I'm looking for a good amount of connections (far too many games consoles just now) and the ability to use existing Digital Audio (Coaxial and Optical - due to my US Blu-Ray player and older consoles.)

    The system will mainly be used for Video Games and Movies, with some TV viewing and Music listening thrown in for good measure.

    Any thoughts and recommendations would be appreciated :)

    Thanks!
     
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    To be honest the X3000 really deserves much better speakers than the Mass to get the most from it and really justify paying so much for the receiver. If you have £2k to spend and the X3000 appears to be £800 then this would give you £1.2k for the speakers which would give you something like this:
    Onkyo-Now.co.uk : : Specialists in Onkyo's award winning Hifi and home theatre systems
    This should be an improvement over the Mass. If needing small speakers then I would be looking at the Monitor Audio Apex (or maybe radius) ranges to start to get the best from the receiver. Although the Apex would push you way over budget.
    On an aside the Mass sub is supposed to be pretty poor hence it is suggested that you only buy the 5 satelite speakers and then get a different sub from somewhere like BK Electronics instead.
     
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    Went into my local Sony store today just to see what I could get and they offered me the 1040 for £449.99, and apart from the Zone 2 Video output it has pretty much everything I'd need.

    Is this a worthy option, along with MASS speakers or should I still go for a Pioneer/Denon for another £350 and buy better speakers? Ideally I wanted something of the same size as the MASS Sats.
     
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    Sony and MA may not be the best pairing as both are often described as bright sounding although the pairing may work for you. as stated if you want better speakers then look at the MA Radius and Apex ranges.
     

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