Which reciever upgrade??


Standard Member
I currently have a 5 year old Yamaha RXV-595a amp which has done me proud, but now want to upgrade it.
I have the silver Harman Kardon DV25 dvd player so was thinking of the AVR330 which I've heard good things about and would also match nicely!.
Would I notice a significant performance increase with this amp over my present Yamaha?.
I want it to be more musical than the Yam but still hold its own when watching action films.
Also considering the Denon 2803, Marantz 5400OSE and Pioneer AX3.
Speakerwise, I have Mission 782s as fronts, Mission 70C2 centre and wharfedale WH2 bipole rears and Yamaha 90 sub.
Opinions please on your receiver recomendations.


Ed Selley

AVF Reviewer
The Harman is the only one of those I haven't heard but it is highly regarded on these pages. The Denon is an excellent all rounder and very attractive (you can have in three finishes currently as well). I have actually bought an AX3 (see my thread a little lower) and it suits me well but I warn you it isn't very musical (I don't need it to be). The 5400OSE is actually excellent in stereo but is no better than the untuned 5400 in DD/DTS, you might want to look at its bigger brother the SR7400 which is a much better all rounder.


Standard Member
Thanks Tons. Will have a read up on the SR7400 to get an idea on it.
Any more opinions? Any other receivers I should be considering? My max budget is around the £550 - £600 mark.



Active Member


Standard Member
Thanks Dfour. Seems that they all have their merits at this price point and its quite hard to single one out as the ultimate £600 receiver, so I think I shall go for the HK 330 as it has good reviews and will match my DVD player.
Have just mailed avland to price match or beat softjams price of £557 delivered.

Thanks all.

Mike Delvaux

I ve had my Harman Kardon AVR 430 for seven days now and it is
absolutley superb. AV is exellent and CD reproduction is very good
I had th H/K AVR 65rds before and these new models are a significant improvment. i dont think you will be dissapointed.

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