Originally Posted by Tyrindor
Still looking for some answers from my above post
people are very busy on this thread discussing DAC's and international manufacturing QA controls
Do you guys think the 4311CI is a reasonable receiver for powering my speakers/sub, or should I get a lower end model and spend the money upgrading something else. My room size is small, so I highly doubt i'd benefit from a better sub/speakers, i'd consider them overkill for my room size.
"overkill" is a very personal thing and depends on your personal equation of budget vs. needs vs. obsessiveness about maximizing quality
If you will never run beyond 7.1, and don't need the extra amp power, the primary value-add of the 4311 will be the superior Audyssey calibration. There are other little things (nicer GUI, DenonLink connection, etc) but it really just depends if you are willing to pay extra for the state-of-the-art room correction systems.
Look at it this way: in your situation (small room, medium-level speakers, never going past 7.1), the pragmatic, budget conscious buyer gets the 3311. But that doesn't mean it is a bad decision if you want to splurge on the 4311! Only you can really know how flexible your budget is or how much you will sit there staring at the AVR wondering "what if?" about MultEQ XT 32.
1) Would this receiver be able to handle my bass shakers on top of my 7.1 setup?
I don't see why not, aren't bass shakers designed to work with any receiver setup? I don't know a lot about them though....
2) Would I be able to bi-amp my fronts WITH 7.1 on this receiver?
with the 4311, yes, you can reassign the 8th/9th amp channels to Bi-amp the front speakers. The benefits of this, however, are fairly dubious.