Hi all, I'm brand new here I've been trying to find out more about the Pioneer AX3 - the spec looks just perfect to me, the lack of component video doesn't bother me much and the rest is simply great. It is last years' model so it is available to me at a pretty good price (about 500 UK Pounds) which may not sound cheap to you guys, but locally (South Africa) is awesome value. The other amp I'm considering is a Yamaha RX-V750 which is newer but comletely outclassed on paper at least - it is also more expensive than the AX3! I've listened to the 750 a lot and I loved it, but I haven't been able to find a AX3 to audition. So I'm a little afraid to order online without having heard it. Any owners on this forum? Strengths, weaknesses? I've only read one review of the AX3 and two of the AX5i (which I understand is rather close sonically) and all are glowing, especially with movies, but don't mention much about music. Unfortunately more up-market brands (NAD, Marantz, Denon) are only carried by specialist audio shops locally and carry a huge mark-up in terms of price, so in a way I'm limited to the Yamaha and Pioneer mid-range models which are available through larger retail chains. I have wooden floor but otherwise not too bright room (lots of squishy furniture, exposed thatch roof, bookshelf). Have not yet decided on speakers, thinking of Wharfedale Evo's, Mordaunt-Short Avant's or maybe B&W 300/600's. I love and listen to all kinds of music, from rock through heavy metal, drum&bass, trance, classical. System use will be roughly 50/50 split between music and movies. Any helpful comments would be most appreciated!