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I own a 5308ci with the upgrade, but if it died today, I would probably get the 4520ci or maybe a refurbished 4311ci from A4L.
Given the OP already has a decent decoder in the Oppo BDP-93 and the rest of his stuff is fairly decent, I would look at an external amp for the CORE surround speakers.
An external amp will certainly take care of the anemic amp section in ALL Denon receivers. You'll need one anyway to do 11.x.
The only questions concerning an amp would be 1) room in rack, and 2) a dedicated receptacle just for the amp.
How big is your room?
How many speakers are you planning on running?
How many subs?
Make sure you have plenty of dedicated outlets for expansion.
I have FIVE 20 amp circuits dedicated to my listening room plus the two original 20 amp circuits that power the power recline for my seating and the transducer ( ButtKickers ) amp.
TWO circuits dedicated for amplification. I'm using one for the Emotiva XPR-5 ( 400w x 5. )
ONE circuit for my lighting, which are on a 26' U-shaped track with 13 60w PAR16 cans.
ONE circuit for my subwoofers.
ONE circuit for the TV, disc players, satellite receiver, Denon receiver, and HTPC or xBox when connected.
My recommendation, provided the OP is cool with refurb, would be the Denon AVR-4311ci from A4L for $1100 plus something like the Emotiva XPA-5 ( 200w x 5 ) for $900 for the core 5.x setup. The Denon can run any additional speakers quite easily at near its rated 150w/ch.
Denon AVR X7200WA, Emotiva XPR-5, Emotiva XPA-7, Sony XBR 75" 850C, Oppo UDP-203, Roku Ultra.
DefTech BP7000SC (L/R), CLR3000 (C), SM55 (FH), UIW BPZ/A (SB), UIW 75 (TM).
JBL L7 (Sur), EoSone RSR 350 (RH).
PC 2.1 setup. Emotiva Stealth 6, SVS SB16-Ultra sub, Emotiva DC-1 DAC.