^ the funny thing about 99% of the above:
is that it's readily dismissing the Denon's advantages while not promoting a SINGLE advantage of the 3008.
First, I'd be willing to bet my next paycheck that no one on this forum could differentiate between the 4311 and 3008 in a level-matched ABX.
I've personally had/owned both the Reon and ABT and feel the ABT does a better job. By no means is either a deal breaker/maker, just saying. I believe most critical reviews I've read have leaned that way as well.
Ditto for pre-amp mode.
The 11 channel option though is VERY significant, especially when you consider the type of enthusiast who's spending this kind of time and money on an AVR. Many (like me) can, desire and WILL use an 11 speaker array.
Accepting digital inputs in other zones should be expected in a flagship receiver, IMO. Denon does it with mid-models.
I'm still figuring if the 11 channel is a must for me, but I consider too that although it may not be NOW, I'm moving to a future, expanded spot where it'll be easily utilized.
I like both units, one to me simply offers more, for a few hundred more, of course.
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