Our friend Matthew Poes did a review of the Yamaha R-N803 here for AV Nirvana. I have heard in in action, seems like a solid 2-channel receiver. As for the speakers, I am sure they all sound fine, and the truth is that they are all probably linear enough on and off axis that you can EQ them to taste if you have a preferred tonal balance.\n\nShady - the Yammy is my first choice and probably the direction I'll go. I did not see Matthew's review - thanks, I'll check it out! I am sure the Pioneer would perform well as, um, well - I just wanted to get someone's take on it in lieu of the R-N803.\n\nYeah, any of the speakers I mentioned or were suggested to me would be very nice. It all comes down to choice and there are too many to choose from! I am sure I will be happy (for the moment) with whatever I select, but research\/shopping is half the fun! \n\nPS - I forgot to add the Martin Logan 35XTi based on your review!