New range of £500 receivers or last year's Yamaha A1010 reduced to similar price?
Following the premature demise of my subwoofer, I have decided to upgrade my home cinema kit. I presently run a Yamaha RX-V357 which I have had for a number of years, together with KEF 1005's.
I mainly use the system for sport, music and the odd film, which led to me choosing the old Yamaha due to their reputation for music.
I visited a well-known home cinema retailer recently to discuss my options in the new receivers, around £500, as reviewed in the November What Hi-Fi. In addition to those, I was shown the Yamaha RX-A1010, from the Aventage range, now on sale for £550 because the new model has arrived.
The question I have then is whether I am better going for last year's model which is higher up the scale, or whether there is benefit from using the same money to buy a 2012/13 model? Have things changed that much to justify coming away from the Yamaha, which reviewed well last year?
On the subject of speakers, in relation to the Yamaha amp, I was recommended the Q-Acoustics 2000i and the Wharfedale DX-1's. I don't want anything too large, as I have quite a small room, and was looking at style packages, but was told the Q2000's would out-perform the Q7000's based on their size and I presume the compromises from having smaller style speakers. Any views?