Actually, we share some of the same views.
TAS and S'pile = pimps for the "elite"
$$$ for cables, no - not for me thanks
$$$$ for Xxxx's amp/cd/dac = fantastic sound, uh no not in my experience
Where I take exception is the total belief in measurements AND total discredit of sensory input. The, "It can't be quantified" = it doesn't exist, "I
haven't experienced it" = it doesn't exist attitude presented. The, ALL science, no art philosophy.
listening tests, can and should, co-exist.
If you find a WaveRadio lets you "hear the music", I'm happy for you. If you spent $4-grand on a set of cables the let you "hear the music", I'm (semi??) happy for you.
But in either of the above, I'm suspect over the outcome while accepting your choice.
I don't believe ALL components that measure the same, sound the same. I do not believe the good measurements guarantee good sound.
Happy listening to all, no matter how you get there
To the OP,
Neither of the Denon's are anything special sound-wise, and are fairly slow handling. A modern Blu-ray would probably be a better choice.