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I'm used to seeing the Onkyo TX-NR929 compared to the Denon X4000. But the 929 specs out more like the Marantz SR7008, although they're both priced about $600 less than the 7008.
In fact they are so close feature wise, I should have been considering the Marantz also. Despite being so similar, they do have some distinct differences that should sway you with your preferences.
Room volume wise your near the intended max of both of these units. The 7008 is rated at 10 watts per channel less than the 929. Actually Mark Fleischmann rated the 7008 at 2 or 3 watts less per channel than spec when he reviewed it in the new Home Theater/ Sound and Vision replacement mag. But overall he liked it.For you this is probably a must read. I haven't seen a similar review of the 929.
If phone control is important to you, with an iPhone, a point for Marantz, with Android and front MHL USB a point for Onkyo. The 929 also has wireless WiFi and Bluetooth built in.
While they both have Audyssey XT32 for the two sub outs, the 7008 has Audyssey Sub EQ HD. No advantage with a single sub but with multiple subs it treats the volume, timing and crossover separately. Probably less important with identical subs in similar locations.
They both have Zone 2 HDMI out but the 7008 has a second HDMI out intended for the main room. The 929 has an extra HDMI input.
The Onkyo has both 4K upscaling and passthrough.
If you could do a split screen of the features that would clarify a lot,or even a print out.
While Mark liked the 7008 I realized I made the right choice with the 929. The sound and features are a step up from my Integra DTC 9.8. Also I can't discount the $600 difference.