After 15 years of living with my post-college stereo system – a half-decent Kenwood, the Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble II system, Sony CD – I’ve finally scraped up enough money to upgrade. First, the A/V receiver. I’ve researched intensively for six months. Lately I’ve started listening to the contenders. Basically, I don’t want to spend any more than $900 and preferably closer to $600. My choices are the usual suspects. Marantz 7200, Onkyo 797, Denon 2802 or 3802. I’ve also looked at Rotel's 1055 (out of my price range) and the new Integra 7.2 (I can get for $1,000). For a variety of reasons, I am leaning to a Yamaha, in particular the new RX-V 1300. I've also ruled out HK. I listened to the Yammy 1300 versus the Marantz 7200. The dealer proclaimed to like both, but seemed to favor the 1300 slightly. I thought both were similar in tone, though perhaps the 7200 was a touch (barely) warmer. Yet the Yammy did have more oompth on one of my staple testing tracks, the opening movement of Dvorak’s New World symphony. The Yamaha had a few more features, more power and a nicer, less cluttered look. What I’d like to know is whether anyone else here has listened to the 1300 and what they think of it. (I am also considering the 2200 and 2300). I’ve seen little information on the 1300 so far. Also, does the evidently debugged Outlaw 950 surpass all of these receivers, and if so, what the 2-3 big differences? By the way, I hear Yamaha has toned down their receivers, but assuming they still are a bit on the bright side, I figure I’d get speakers that are more neutral. Any quick suggestions for brands? (I ask a more specific question about speakers in the speakers forum).