I was all set to buy my receiver -- the Yamaha rx-v1300 or 2300 -- when the little devil popped in my ear and said: don't. Well, not a little devil. Rather several dealers that do not carry Yamaha. As it happens, all three carry my current top three brands: Energy Connoisseurs, Paradigm Monitors and PSB Images. So I haven’t been able to listen to how the Yamaha rx-vs handle any of those speakers. Instead, I’ve listened to them via receivers from NAD, Rotel and Denon. The standard charge of the three dealers in question is that Yamaha isn’t good for music – my primary interest. It lacks “musicality,” all three have said (reading from the same script). So, to users of the latest Yamahas, does the charge stand up? And to critics of Yamaha here, which receivers would you consider more “musical.” I don’t want to spend more than $900, $1000 tops, for a receiver. The rx-v1300 is still my favorite, though I do love the pricier NADs.