I tested B&W 685s and a Boston ASW250 with an Onkyo 515 and Denon 1713.
I thought the Onkyo sounded noticeably crisper, especially in the higher sounds like a swords slashing through the air in the GI Joe sequel and Fantine in Les Miz. I also thought the Onkyo had a more substantial sound, where the Denon seemed flat.
Does this match people's experience? Any advice on which to get?
Also, the salesman told me he brought out an Onkyo 525, but it was really a 515, which he claimed sounds the same. If I pick the Onkyo, should I stick to the 515 which has better reviews?