I've done a test with Rotel and Denon (same price) before. Same everything, except the receivers were swapped out. Everyone that heard the test preferred the Rotel. It was not close.
Go do a test for yourself and decide what you like.
Did you level match the output of both receivers with a VOM at the speaker/amp interface? Were you able to switch between the two within a few seconds (because thats how long the human auditory memory lasts)? And lastly was this test 'double-blind' meaning neither you nor the switcher knew which receiver was playing at a given time?
If you answered NO to any of the questions, then I am afraid to say that your evidence is purely anecdotal, as someone else pointed out earlier.
And if you still dont believe me, then there is someone I know that has $10,000 waiting for you, if you really can hear a difference between the two receivers in question.
C'mon, this is a hobby at best. Electronics are meant to be enjoyed.
...and drooled over and evidence (not anecdotal) suggests that people drool over a Rotel more than a Denon or a Yamaha. You will always find more drool over a McIntosh, a Pass or a Levinson compared to a Rotel or a Parasound, etc, etc.