Thanks for your comments. I don't care about streaming or bluetooth connectivity. I do care about the new Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3-D codecs. I have an 11.2 speaker setup now, planning on using the Yamaha FH and RH as the .4 speakers. I have a pair of AT 44DA Atmos-enabled speakers upfiring to 9' concrete ceiling available, if I feel the need for a pair of the .4 speakers to be an "overhead". I'm currently using Emotiva X-200 and x-100 amps for the mains and center, as preparation for a new receiver that will need outboard amps to get all 11 "channels". I went with the x-100 for the Center because it has provision for a second pair of output connectors for my 8 ohm identical top and bottom center speakers, without fussing about whether to parallel or series them. In the Anthem lineup, I would be looking at the MRX 1120 and I would have to add another amp, because there are only 7 on-board amps. I have some pauses for reflection:
1) My room (mancave) has the right side completely open to another room, so the side reflections will be very different, L to R. The Yamaha YPAO in the 3050 claims to have the ability to compensate for reflections. Denon advocates claim a similar capability for Audessy. I wonder if they really are effective and how ARC deals with this.
2) The Denon has a paid upgrade to Auro. In the Auro thread, and in the recent article in Sound & Vision, many people prefer the Auro upmix for music and some for it's upmix for movies, as well, compared to the Atmos upmix (I'm referring to the artificial upmix, here, not Native Atmos or Auro). In the Yamaha, some (including Scott Wilkinson) prefer the Yamaha DSP Sci-Fi up mix to the Atmos upmix. I think that upmix performance is very important given the back catalog of non-native Auro and DTS:X titles and streaming in 5.1 for the forseeable future. It appears that there is no path to add Auro to the Anthem, so one is left with the "stock" Auro and DTS:X upmixes. We have no idea how the DTS:X upmix will sound with 5.1 material so all of this rambling is just that: rambling about imponderables, at this time.
Would anyone care to comment on my ramblings. Many, if not all of you, are fully convinced of the superiority of Anthem, while I'm just trying to learn and contemplating my first foray into "higher-end".