There are a few Pioneer AX5i deals floating around, a couple of ex-dem products for around £499, a couple of 2nd hand models at around £450. Considering I can get the Yammy brand new from Germany for £407, I was wondering which was the better deal? If it's new, I get the full warranty, service etc, plus there's obviously slightly newer technology in the 1500. However, the AX5i (not the AX5ai model, I must clarify) is a highly regarded beast on more than just these forums, and so is an enticing prospect. One poor point against them is that I've heard more than one review say that the Pioneer can tend towards brightness, which I'm not overly fond of, as I prefer a neutral or slightly warmer sound. Is this a character trait of the AX5i? For info, I will be matching the receiver with Monitor Audio Radius R270s, R225 and R90s. (Sub is as yet undecided, but something along the lines of a Rel Stampede or ASW675) I also place a high value on musical ability, as the receiver will be performing both duties equally.