Originally Posted by guju69
Regarding sound quality which would be better. Denon 4520 or the SC-79. Looking to replace my current denon 4308 which is driving 7.1 reference definitive tech in walls and supercube reference sub.
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The Denon has Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 with SubEQ room equalization, meaning you can calibrate 2 subs along with the rest of your def techs. Pioneer still only offers their Advanced MCACC which can't calibrate a sub.
Denon IMHO has a more natural or neutral sound quality compared to say a Pioneer SC-68. Listen to both and you'll see.
You can get a 4520 for a lot less then MSRP, because its been on the market for some time. The SC-79 is just shipping, so deals are not comparable, plus its now $500 more then the previous SC-68.
Both of the AVR's offer 32 bit DAC's. (burr-brown vs ESS). The Denon 4520 still offers analog 7.1 inputs vs Pioneer that dropped this feature.
I just got a AVR-4520 a week ago, it drives my Paradigm studio reference system great.