Pioneer LX57 vs Pioneer LX86 vs Arcam AVR 400 vs Anthem MRX 500
Looking at a home theatre/projector, in a relatively large and open room. Except for the sub (KEF KUBE 1, that is not regularly used) the speaker set is being upgraded at the same time, I am thinking to KEF LS50's or R300's (with an R200c centre), though other suggestions welcome. I'm updating from an ageing Arcam AVR 200.
Use will be mostly movies though with some gaming and some stereo music for Jazz too - so musicality is still important. And with various clear-out offers they all come in roughly between £1000-£1200.
Does the newer LX57 jump the older LX86 for quality? Or does the quality of the originally more expensive LX86 beat the younger upstart still? How will the ARCAM and Anthem amps fit in to this? Are the musicality of these so far superior? or is the pioneer actually still pretty good for musicality? And in films, could the Arcam or Anthem match the excitement of a Pioneer?
Please comment, vote, discuss and generally praise/slander to ones hearts content!