So I've been trying to compare the TX-NR818 to the Denon 4311ci, to see what the benefits of each are since they seem to now be so close in price (between the current price if you call EE for the 4311 and the pre-order price on Amazon for the 818). According to what I've seen, the 4311 is about $138 more).
For advantages of the 818 what I was able to figure out was: THX Select2 Plus, 4K Video Upconversion, DTS NeoX, $139.00 Less.
For advantages of the 4311 what I was able to figure out was: 5 Watts more/channel, Airplay, HD Radio Tuner, 11.2 Channel Pre-outs, Audyssey Sub EQ, Audyssey Pro Ready, plus any unknown issues that the 818 may have.
Am I missing anything major? As I understand it, the video upconversion of the 4311 is pretty good, but the 818 is better, however if you're watching all HD then it might not really matter that much? The 818 is THX certified, not sure how much of an advantage that is? The 4311 has a definite advantage in number of total possible speakers, has the Audyssey Sub EQ for dual subs, and is Audyssey pro ready - which to me seems like it is the clear winner in total possible SQ. I've never had HD radio so I'm not really sure if that is any advantage or not.
To me, even though the 4311 was released almost 2 years prior, it's more "future proof" than the 818. I'm hoping someone on here with much more knowledge than I have can verify my thought process. I feel like I must be missing something...