Originally Posted by Knucklehead90
Too many posts to find the answer to one question I have with the 4311. I've got my search for a new AVR down to two Denons - the 4311 and the 4520 but I think the 4311 has more of what I'm looking for since it allows you to use different setting inside Audyssey for stereo and multi channel if I'm reading the manual correctly.
My question is this: can two subs be set up differently - one for two channel and both for multi channel movies without having to resort to changes made inside the menu? IOW does one button reconfigure the way subs are used? I have two 12" DIY sealed subs that will be daisy chained for music and movies - and an eD A5-350 on the other sub channel for movies only. The A5 isn't capable of playing music like the two 12" sealed subs. Its not even close!
My speakers are Salk Song Towers with the OW2 tweeters and a custom Selah center with the same tweeter and a 4" mid and two 7" woofers for movies only. The ST's are capable of playing to 42hz - I'll play around with crossovers for 2 channel to finesse that setup - for movies the crossover likely will be at the standard 80hz. I'm about 98% music vs movies - music takes a huge priority in this home. I don't know whether I'll keep my Rotel 5 channel amp - depends on how well whichever Denon I get plays two channel.
I have owned both the 4520 and the 4311 (the 4311 still resides in my bedroom system, and the 4520 has been replaced by a Marantz 8801).
I find the two to be sonically equivalent. Both have XT32, same number of amps, etc., and I never developed a preference of one over the other.
The feature differences are what is important, IMO. The 4520 has a slightly improved GUI, a network hub, InstaPreview, all of which don't make a huge difference. On the other hand, the ability of setting a different configuration for 2-channel sources, which the 4311 has, but which was dropped on the 4520, is a very useful feature for one who uses the AVR primarily for music. In summary, I would choose the 4311 over the 4520 for a music-only system.
And a final note, I have recently left Audyssey behind in favor of Dirac Live, implemented using the MiniDSP DDRC-88a. If you ever see yourself wanting to move in this direction, you should keep your external power amp, since the 88a would use the Pre-out signals from the 88a, and require external amplification. This is certainly something to consider, since Dirac Live is wonderful for music systems.
Edit: No way to save two different sub configurations on the 4311, though