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Denon 4xxx or Yamaha 3020 or Marantz 7008

I would like your impressions of these 4 receivers and price points. For Denon it is the x4000 and 4520 (Don't know that I would ever need 11.2 but if the price was close I would consider). Marantz 7008 looks interesting, and supposedly has better hardware on board than each of the Denons. Finally I throw the Yamaha 3020 into the mix as some swear by it, though it has no XT32 it has its own room correction, but I do not know if it will tame subs. I've had Pioneer (SC 25) and have been underwhelmed in its lifeless sound.

My budget is around $1200 but would like to spend less
I guess that I could go the refurbished rout on AC4L but leery about that new leaf extended warranty.
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Anyone willing to give an opinion here?

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I can't speak for the other receivers you have listed, but I purchased the X4000 a few months ago and have been very happy with it. I ended up paying about $1000 for an open box unit at Best Buy, it is going to be difficult to find the 4520 or the Marantz within your budget. I purchased a Pioneer SC-67 prior and returned it and ended up with the Denon shortly after.

I like the X4000 for several reasons:

-Plenty of power and the sound was an upgrade from my previous receiver
-Matrix switching from the Zone 2 HDMI output, any source can be played from Zone 2 independent of the main zone. This was a big one for me so the living room and media room could share sources without interference or having to share a source. It also saved me from having to purchase a switch.
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-Dual sub outputs with EQ from Audyssey
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I can't speak for the other receivers you have listed, but I purchased the X4000 a few months ago and have been very happy with it. I ended up paying about $1000 for an open box unit at Best Buy, it is going to be difficult to find the 4520 or the Marantz within your budget. I purchased a Pioneer SC-67 prior and returned it and ended up with the Denon shortly after.

I like the X4000 for several reasons:

-Plenty of power and the sound was an upgrade from my previous receiver
-Matrix switching from the Zone 2 HDMI output, any source can be played from Zone 2 independent of the main zone. This was a big one for me so the living room and media room could share sources without interference or having to share a source. It also saved me from having to purchase a switch.
-Audyssey XT32
-Dual sub outputs with EQ from Audyssey
Do you use it in 5.1 or 7.1
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I use a 7.2 setup currently, but have been considering adding a couple height channels since it will do 9 channels with a separate amplifier for two of them.
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I use a 7.2 setup currently, but have been considering adding a couple height channels since it will do 9 channels with a separate amplifier for two of them.
So for 7 channels do you use the wides or surround back. From what I have read it is preferred to use front wides as opposed to heights. I am not sure about the true hierarchy though, nor do I know which ones are used for DTS/DD as apposed to a matrixed sound process.
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I use rear surrounds, my reason for adding potential height speakers would be to use DSX and plan ahead for Atmos when I will move to a 7.2.4 setup.
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I use rear surrounds, my reason for adding potential height speakers would be to use DSX and plan ahead for Atmos when I will move to a 7.2.4 setup.
What is a 7.2.4 set-up? And can you do that with the x4000?
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The 4 represents the number of height speakers in the Dolby Atmos setup. You cannot do Atmos with the X4000, those models will be released later this year, however I will wait to hear the reviews of it and possibly wait until a later generation is released to see what, if any improvements have been made. I have not heard anything about a software update to enable it on the X4000 either.
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The 4 represents the number of height speakers in the Dolby Atmos setup. You cannot do Atmos with the X4000, those models will be released later this year, however I will wait to hear the reviews of it and possibly wait until a later generation is released to see what, if any improvements have been made. I have not heard anything about a software update to enable it on the X4000 either.
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