Originally Posted by rnrgagne
I'll just add to whatever WestCoastD might respond;
In terms of audio quality and "technology" there's not a lot of difference between the two brands. Out of the box "untouched" the Denons may be a bit more laid back in the top end but once you engage any kind of EQ that pretty much goes out the window.
What you have to do is figure out what's a better "fit" for your application.
If you're a "set it and forget it" kind of guy, with a set up that would benefit from room EQ I would easily give the nod to the Audyessy in the Denon.
In my case I have an acoustically treated room and don't need much in the way of EQ except to deal with couple of room modes in the bass frequencies. I couldn't manually adjust the Denon to my liking so I went with the Yamaha. The YPAO does a great job of distance and level setting and also picked up and adjusted for the bass peaks & dips I know I had. But I did not like what it did for the upper frequencies OTH the Audyssey did a very good job with the overall frequency range....
Hummm, I am not much of a EQ type on the music side of things, and more of a clean two channel person when it comes to music. Although, I do like SACD in multi channel music play back, and I have many 50 or so SACD disc. But, I still do not try, and mess with the play back sound to much at all.
I also like my movies to be involving, and realistic as I am sure everyone does. So, on the movie side I like the digital effects very much, making the Audyssey room EQ sound appealing as well as easy to set up. Although, I do no how to use, and have a sound pressure level meter.
This system will be the second in our home. We currently have an all separates system in the family / theater room. We will be putting this system in our master bedroom 20' x 20'. So the amperage ratting between the two is negated.
I guess that I am looking for the cleaner sounding unit out of the two on the music side of things as well as have good surround effects for movies. Hummm, isn't that what everyone wants? I guess it goes without saying.
The speakers that I plan to use are 2 Axiom M-22 fronts a VP-150 center, and QS8's in the rear, and on the sides. We also will be using an HSU MBM-12 mid bass sub, and a HSU VTF-3 sub together. As well an Oppo 981 DVD player with a Olevia 537 LCD.
Some people have told me that the Axioms are on the bright side, but to my ears they sound clean truthful with great presence and depth as compared to some surround speakers.
I have only listened to them once though, in my separates system, and I thought that they sounded very good for there price point.