so I finally dismantled my Yamaha RX-V2095 from my home theatre system and went to my garage with pair of scissors and opened the 4806CI box. Even though the box seemed brand new from the outside, I found that inside the remote was floating around outside of its pouch and the contents have been tampered with. However I must say that the receiver did look brand new and even smelled new. My guess and again, someone can chime in here, since Denon penalizes distributors who bypass the traditional authorized B&M network [$1800 cost to customer] the network who made this receiver available on the internet at a reduced cost made sure that there were no identification marks. either this or they made sure that the receiver is NOT DOA since if it was, then I as a customer would inevitably contact Denon and then there is a chance that they be identified. You can take a guess where I bought my receiver from. Yep.. thats a good guess.
All these concerns aside, the receiver was still in its wrap with all the packing material intact and was in a brand new condition. I connected it with just looking at the manual one or two pages as I did not have the time. There was no sound at first.. I knew it was the settings.. I read the manual again, found that the optical connectors need to be configured. After configuring, I could hear the music..
I think there are clear differences between the Yamaha and the Denon..
The sound seems much more powerful.. and firm. Is it the Toroidal transformer and the fine internal circuitry and components or is it my $$ writing here? I wonder.
I removed the DVI connection from my Oppo DVD player and put a HDMI addapter to this and connected it to the HDMI out of my receiver. Presto, I could now access settings on my TV. Then I connected the Oppo with a DVI-HDMI cable to the Denon's 1st HDMI port. I could now see picture but the music was gone.. Again, some settings to blame [I think]
I am still figuring out the setup, it is quite complicated.. especially the video part..
I know I need to spend many hours figuring this out so I will be patient. I am glad though, with this new receiver and think its well worth $2500 I paid for it.