Just perused back over the original post and wanted to add if you're employed by somebody who sells this stuff, why don't you wait for the 4520 to get a discount on what I am sure will be a nice avr. Or you could opt for the 3009/5009 now, and just do like me and find an awesome deal on amps for the future, but satiate your needs now by a nice margin still. I am willing to bet with your situation, if you got the 818, you will get upgradeitis sooner than later. Your movie/music ratio is about the same as mine and that is another reason I am throwing onkyo some love. It does well both ways. My denon was better with music and underwhelmig occasionally with movies. I guess it depends on how much you like your music. Marantz is well known to put an orchestra in your living room, though you won't get as many bells and whistles as denon or onkyo. And I don't know how loud you like to listen, but the onkyo 3009 doesn't show any signs of whimpering until about -10 to -5 db depending on the source and quality of what you're playing, and going slightly above reference just probably won't happen because it will be too noticeable. I'm willing to bet the 5009 goes reference before you notice ANY hiss or distortion. I can't play anything above -15 db anyway because of my apartment situation. Hope all this helps with your situation.
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Home theater gladly not designed by ereed or bgtighe23. 65" JS9500, Marantz 7702MKII, Parasound Halo A31, ClassDaudio SDS470 4ch, RBH R56, 4xRBH R55, 2x RBH R5, Hsu VTF 2 MK 3 and VTF 3 for subwoofage, OnStage MS7701B mic stand with boom for improved Audussey XT32 calibrations. Listening space happily treated with 1" OC 703 rigid fiberglass. OPPO 203 or 205 soon.