Originally Posted by springs113
I've been quoted well below msrp for the x8500h which is why it's even on the list. It's probably the main reason other than expansion why it's there. I know it'll be overkill but I actually have a room in the house that I could definitely use atmos at its finest to fully utilize this receiver. Of course with this room comes with the WAF.
Why should the Denon blow me away? Just curious. 3 zones? Are these zones independent? Makes a difference. If I can utilize one receiver for basically the whole house then that would be great.
I should have first asked what kind of speakers you have and how many zones? There is no reason to make $3k receiver or pre/pro recommendations if you have some Bose speakers running in the living room two polk patio speakers out back. Now if you had a dedicated theater with 16 seats, a bunch of money, bad ass speakers, multiple subs and wanted 11 channels, then I would highly suggest Marantz 8805, Anthem avm60, NAD m17 v2 or Lyngdorf mp50. However, since this seems to be a nice room for atmos movies and maybe another 2 zones, there are a few solutions that meet your needs right around $1k.
So it will blow you away because the Denon (Marantz) room correction software in the x3400/3500/4400/4500/6300/6400/6500/8500 is the best Denon makes (xt32 with subeqht). What makes it unique is that it corrects frequency and phase on all channels and corrects dual subs independently down to 10hz (iirc). Also, on the Denon/Marantz all the hdmi inputs support hdcp 2.2, you can play digital sources in zone 2, it has phono input for the vinyl, it has 3 total zones and has 3 hdmi outs and it will play your speakers to deafening levels. If that weren't enough for ya, it also has pre-outs to allow you to run separate amps for the speakers so that your neighbor 6 doors down can enjoy the movie with you. I think the x8500 will also have a hardware update in the future to allow hdmi 2.1.
If you like the Yamaha sound, the rx-a3070 and rx-a3080 are also very good, but priced much higher than the comparable Denon/Marantz models.
If you like the old class D powered pioneer sound then the lx-801 and 901 are still around. The new lx503 can also do 11 channels but they they went back to traditional a/b amps and it has inferior room correction software compared to the Denon, Marantz and Yamaha.
Yes all of these would be a good single solution for 5.1.2 in the main area, 2 channels in the kitchen/living room and 2 channels outside.