I'm quite pleased with my X 4000. That being said, if I had the dough for a 7008 I'd go in that direction, if only for the dedicated 9.2 outs, as opposed to the 7.2 with pre outs for height or width for 9.2 with the Denon. Apparantly the Marantz has slightly higher quality parts, though that could just be marketing. I had a 6007 before my X 4000 and loved the sound from it! And it looked pretty awesome too. That being said the X 4000 has a new feature " Video Select " that lets me change the video input while listening to different audio. So for instance, and I do this a lot, I can listen to my turntable, or internet radio, while surfing the web on my HTPC at the same time. If the 7008 had that as well, I'd go for it.