Originally Posted by ambesolman
That's good to know! I'm coming from a Sony 4400es myself. Would you mind elaborating more on the differences with the Sony aside from the obvious newer gadgets? I find Sonys pretty user friendly and easy to navigate, how's the learning curve compared to the denon? Thanks!
Glad to give you my "somewhere between layman and audiophile" perspective.
The X-2000 was easy to setup.
It helped me, as others have mentioned, that the unit is an inch or more less deep than my Sony is. My receiver sits in a built-in cabinet under some shelves in our family room with no access from behind, so having a little smaller form factor was welcome. Everything I have to connect to the receiver is HDMI (Xfinity X1 box, PS3, PC), so connections were easier with less "stuff" back there (I imagine this is common for other new receivers too).
The Audyssey setup on screen instructions were easy to follow. In general, I found the Denon's GUI to be as good/intuitive as the 3300ES. Hitting the SETUP button got me where I wanted to go to check or change a setting.
The Denon remote is a lot cleaner, with way fewer buttons. For my family, having buttons that say "cbl/sat" and "Blu-ray" are better than HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc.
I like Denon's "INFO" button to see what signal it is getting and what it is outputting.
A little thing - a bug in the 3300ES did not allow it to show things like volume level on the TV screen if connected via HDMI. I assume that was fixed for the 4400ES, but in my setup it strained even my LASIK-repaired eyes to see what the volume was on the Sony's display.
I read through this thread, beginning with the outstanding summaries by batpig and jdsmoothie. A lot of great tips there and a fine alternative when I could not find something quickly in the Denon owner's manual.
The networking features are new to me but work great so far.
As far as sound goes.... I noticed a much greater "surrounded" feeling when watching Iron Man on blu-ray. When he is escaping from the cave in the improvised suit, the bullets ricocheted around the room far better than before. Watching "Live Free or Die Hard" on cable surprised me with more sound from the surround speakers - at one point I thought someone was in the hall to my right when it was a sound effect in the movie. That did not happen before. Even my kids' pop music - not my favorite - had a depth of sound and "liveliness" that I have not heard before.