Yamaha z9 or a2020 for £600?

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    I am replacing my current amp with a Yamaha. The options are both secondhand amps. One is the DSP-Z9, which was bought in 2005 and is in pristine condition for £600 and the other is the current Adventage RX-A2020 bought 5 months ago but slightly more expensive at £650.

    The Z9 is from a mutual acquaintance and I has heard it before and I know I was blown away by it. In fact, until I read up about it, I wasn't even aware that it had no HDMI and it was all done via optical from the source!

    I haven't heard an Adventage a2020 yet, but I have read enough to know that I can sell it off without incurring a loss at the price I will be getting it, atleast until the next model comes around. Plus, it has got HDMI, networking and is black which my wife can't moan about.

    What will you go for? A monster classic, with low specs and higher mileage on it or a younger power with fresher perspective at my price range.

    P.S. I will be using them to power the Monitor Audio Gold surround which I will assemble slowly.
     
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    Making a list of pros and cons for me,

    A2020

    Pros:
    HDMI with latest HD audio codec
    Networking
    Will only be mildly aged by the time it is time for my next upgrade
    2.5 years of warranty.

    Cons:

    Smaller power, capacitors in case I upgrade to a power hungry speaker.

    Z9

    Pros:

    Amazing power and can potentially be even used as a power amp in the future

    Cons:

    What if it gives up its ghost some time soon?
    What if it doesn't and source devices stop making optical output? (I guess I can use a pre/pro, but that is more expense)
    I prefer networking over remotes as well
     
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    I've had my Z9 for about 8 years and it's still going strong. I love it. I will be posting a question on here soon because I'm thinking of getting a RXA3010 or a RXV773 and using it as a processor just for the latest sound formats (not really interested in the video processing (waste of time imo)). The only thing I'd swap my Z9 for is a Z11 but I can't find any for sale.
     
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    Thought about a z7? There have been a couple on here for around that mark I think.
     
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    Thanks. But there has been a lot of debate, even in this forums, if the Z7s really deserved to be 'Z' or not as its internals didn't justify its status.
     
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    I'd say z9 + something to handle hdmi like suggested above
     
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    Any idea if £600 is a fair price for the Z9? Just wondering...
     
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