Originally Posted by ray587
So the X4000 is now just a 4520 with a little less power and a lot lower price tag. Let's just hope the Denon quality is still there. Hard to justify the extra $1300.00 for a 4520 now.
There are still reasons to go for the "flagship" unit. First off, the price difference at msrp is only $1,200, not $1,300.... but more importantly, the "street price" difference is smaller, assuming the X4000 is initially selling for around $1k it's more like $700-800.
The 4520 also has superior build quality. It's larger, heavier, is built in Japan vs. China, has fancier binding posts and has a more robust amp section certified to be capable of driving 4ohm speakers. Some people will pay a premium for that stuff. Plus of course it has 9 amps built in and can expand to 11 channels, whereas the X4000 has 7 amps built in and can only expand to 9.
Some other differences:
- 4520 has 4 zones instead of 3. While the HDMI matrix output on the 3313/X4000 is tied to Zone 2, the 4520 has it on a dedicated Zone 4 meaning you can still do two separate stereo music zones (2 and 3)
- 4520 has dual component video outputs which can be assigned to Zone 2 and Zone 3, so you could theoretically distribute HD video to all 4 zones vs. only 2 on the X4000.
- 4520 has a built in 4-port ethernet hub
- 4520 has more legacy connectivity -- an extra component video input, an extra RCA analog input, and 7.1 multich analog inputs
- 4520 has an incredibly flexible array of Amp Assign options including a "custom" free assign mode, whereas the X4000 will likely just have the standard 2 assignable amps for Zone 2/3, bi-amp, etc.
Now, I agree with you that for MOST people the 4520 is overkill and the X4000 is going to represent an awesome value in comparison, but the 4520 is a higher end unit and does offer additional build, power and features.