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After doing a bit of research, I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Denon 4311CI and the Pioneer Elite SC-67. The Denon in a couple hundred dollars more, but no big deal. I'm open to other ideas in the same price range. I will be using it to drive a set of B&W 600 series speakers (the larger ones 683, 685) and a HSU subwoofer, 50/50 music to movies. I know the main differences between them (i.e., Class D amp on the Pioneer, MCACC vs. Audyssey, etc.) but look forward to hearing what you guys have to say.

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what ohm rating are the speakers?
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The front towers are 8 Ohm. Thanks!
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Should be able to drive them just fine with a Denon 4311.
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The front towers are 8 Ohm. Thanks!

Pick the one you think is the prettiest.

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I haven't seen the Pioneer. I think the Denon 4311 is prettier than the Onkyo 5508, both of which I have. I used to use a Yamaha (still in storage somewhere) DSP-A1 and I thought it was better looking than the Onkyo too. The Onkyo is sort of monolithic in appearance. I have an Emotiva UMC-1 too and it is the ugliest with garish blue lighting.
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I like how both look. I think the Denon might be overkill at 11.2 channels but that's what I'm leaning towards. I'm worried about the lack of warranty on the Pioneer if I buy online (otherwise if I buy from a brick and mortar it would be out of my price range) but like the class D amp in it. I prefer sound quality over features. I also want to make sure that it matches best with my speakers. Does anyone have experience matching either of these (or a comparably priced AVR) to the B&Ws?
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You could go with the SC1522 instead. It's the standard version of the SC65 Elite. Then you would have warranty from an online seller.

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I like how both look. I think the Denon might be overkill at 11.2 channels but that's what I'm leaning towards. I'm worried about the lack of warranty on the Pioneer if I buy online (otherwise if I buy from a brick and mortar it would be out of my price range) but like the class D amp in it. I prefer sound quality over features. I also want to make sure that it matches best with my speakers. Does anyone have experience matching either of these (or a comparably priced AVR) to the B&Ws?

So then why not go used high-end separates route?
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I thought separates are out of my price range ($1500 max) so I haven looked into it. I'll check it out. I do like some of the features of the AVRs.
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Any thoughts on Marantz AVRs?
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Any thoughts on Marantz AVRs?

They're fine. Marantz AVR's are made in the same factory, right next to Denon models.
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Still havent decided. I'm did more research and stopped by my local store to listen. I'm down to the Pioneer Elite SC-65 and the Denon 4311 (which is where I started). I like the amp on the pioneer but some of the features of the Denon. The Denon has some more wattage but does it really even matter (especially with the Class D amp on the Pioneer)? I dont have any experience with Audyssey vs. MCACC. I'm torn....
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Audessey and Denon win win

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I'm going to be using it in the living room primarily. From what I understand Audyssey can calibrate to the obstructions in the living room (coffee table, random clutter) better than the MCACC which would be better for an open room theater with little clutter. Does that sound right? I think I'm leaning towards the Denon.
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