Originally Posted by Havolice
so nobody here who can tell me a bit about the sound quality compared to others im realy wanting the yamaha over the denon for the features and build quality but the store owner kinda made me fright full of the audio quality
Having owned Denon, Yamaha, Pioneer and sony in the past, Yamaha's were known to be somewhat brighter in sound over say Pioneer's and Denon's.
I think, with modern AVR's, that the sound quality is somewhat subjective and really depends on the sound programming built into each upper end receiver.
Most will be using burr brown dacs, most will offer a pure direct audio feature and for the most part, most will sound very similar.
If you want warm sound, play your vinyl
For me, I feel the major comparison really comes down to price and feature set.
I prefer Pioneer Elite AVR's for the features, but the wife loved the Yamaha 3020's sound when paired with B&W 685 bookshelf speakers, so who am I to argue when in the end, I was able to buy a new AVR, Bluray player and a complete set of B&W speakers complete with WAF blessing.
You can't go wrong with a Denon, nor could you go wrong with a Yamaha.
Its going to come down to aesthetics and built in features me thinks.
I'd say go into a well equipped store and listen to them using the same speakers
have them close the listening room doors, hand you the remote and sit and close your eyes while listening
have the sales guy setup a denon and a yamaha to similar sound programming and have him switch between them without you knowing which one is playing.
decide for yourself what one sounds better to you because what may sound better to one person, will sound different to another.