john550, there's a very simple reason the Arcam was not compared to the 'LX83 Pioneer: the latter did not arrive in our test rooms until after the Arcam review had been and gone.
By establishing the Arcam's performance alongside a cheaper (excellent) product, however, we come to the conclusion that there is better value for money - though the Arcam (as the review state) has a rare musicality that may appeal to many, regardless of price.
Now, may I politely suggest you spend more time (if you're truly interested in performance) actually listening to these products rather than making clumsy swipes at our tests.
if the 1300stg vsx-lx53 is the one to consider against the 2500stg arcam,what bracket does this put the sclx-83 in?How does it deserve four stars @ 2500?oohh,im getting really confused by WHFs ratings.If WHF believes the vsxlx53 is the one to get im begining to believe,as in the review even the arcam seems stingy compared to a machine half the price.I think three stars would seem more sensible when you consider the lx-83 also.
I was astounded when testing a few competitors to the avr600 only to find the arcam head and shoulders above the rest and even better behaved like a high end amp in two channel music. I have now started to listen to all my old 80's90's cds and constantly hear sounds i never noticed before together with a beautiful analogue sound that you never tire of. I thought the reviews were all hype until i heard the avr600.Yes its expensive but so is a porsche 911. Buy one you won't be dissapointed.
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A great amp with some notable musical skills, but it loses a star compared with its better-performing, better-specified rivals
Another admirable and attractive soundbar from LG, pipped to that fifth star by fierce competition
The large screen and punchy picture are highly attractive for this price, but you’ll have to forego the smart features and Full HD resolution
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