Join Date: May 2003
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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You're not going to hear a difference in sound quality in direct mode on any new mid-range or higher AVR (https://www.avsforum.com/forum/90-rec...listening.html
). It will come down to the feature set you require and your preferred sound correction system.
The Denon 4300 is a really good value and will run the 9 channels you have. It has 11 channel processing so you can use your Krell amp and you can add 2 more speakers in the future if you desire. I use a Denon 4200 as a pre/pro with ATI amps and I (nor others) couldn't hear a difference between it and the $4,000 Marantz 8802 in direct mode meaning they'll also sound the same after Audyssey assuming they use the same microphone (the Audyssey mics have had some variances in them). I had a 7703 (sold it), 8802 (returned it) and will likely get a 4300 to upgrade from my 4200 as I need 11 channel processing for 7.2.4. I found out there was no need to spend the extra money for the 7703 and 8802 - the 4200 sounded identical.
I think you'll also appreciate the upcoming Audyssey app which will allow you to tailor Audyssey.
7.2.4 with Denon X4300W, ATI 2005 & 1807 Amps, Kef Reference 203 Mains, 202c Ctr, 201 Surr, Ci200RR-THX Top Rears, Q300 Frt Hts, E301 Rear Surr, Power Sound Audio PSA dual S3600i Subs,
GIK & DIY Acoustics, JVC X790/RS540 Projector, Stewart Neve 100" Screen, Panasonic Blu-Ray DMP-UB900, Xbox One X, Crowson Transducers, INSTEON, UDI ISY994i, Amazon Echo