I love my Denon X 4000. I did oodles of research before I purchased it, and in my opinion it's the runaway best buy this year from all the receiver manufacturers. Much like last year's Onkyo 818, the Denon has the top of the line XT32 room calibration system, but unlike the Onkyo, the Denon includes SubEQ as well, allowing you to measure and eq dual subs. It's got an absolute slew of other new features - including, what I think is the first feature of it's kind on an AVR - and my personal favorite - the ability to watch one source while listening to another source on the same input. So for instance, I can listen to an LP through it's phono input, and surf the web at the same time. You could also watch the game, and blast music etc ... it's great. The X 4000 also includes the ability to expand to 9 channels of amplification with an external amp. It's 7.2 natively, but throw in an amp and you can enjoy Heights or Wides with the included Auddessey DSX processing - Stick with PLiiX -or try out the new DTS NEO X .. up to you. It's got a great on screen gui that at the push of a button will show on your TV the speaker layout, including the source and output. So if you're listening to 2 channels it'll show an image with the input channels, and beside it your speaker layout with your active output channels, so you can see what speakers you've got engaged when using processing. It's also priced quite fairly - cheaper then the competition Onkyo 929 and trumps it on features. It looks great, is backed by a three year warranty - just awesome. Anyone looking for a receiver in the 1000 - 1100 dollar range would be nuts to not jump all over it. In any case - that's my two cents! hope it helps. Cheers.
Edited by Sean Spamilton - 11/6/13 at 6:43am