fairly comperable units from a sound quality point-of-view, power output in real world ,demo conditions, seems to give the Slight advantage to Yamaha. A larger advantage goes to Yamaha for feature set.
Although many considered Yamaha as "bright", the new models are no longer. I power a Klipsch Reference setup with my 1400 and do not notice "brightness" only detail. I would go with the 1400. More features for dollar and YPAO room optimizer.
The Denon is warmer than the 1400, however the Yamaha is more neutral than it was in the past. Put the two side-by-side and you'll notice the difference. I personally like neutral sound best --not bright or warm, but if you prefer warm and most people seem to then you'll like the Denon.
I think a fairer comparison would be the Yamaha RX-V2400 with the Denon. They are similar in their inputs and outputs and close in their so called "rated power" I have the 2400 and chose it over the Denon mostly because of the features that it has. VPAO was the deal breaker for me plus the ablitiy to upgrade to DPIIx right away. I have my 2400 mated with Paradigms and I think the sound is wonderful, not bright at all. The Denon is a great receiver. either one would sound great with your speakers. I just think for me since I use my 70% HT, 30% music the Yamaha had more features the suited me.
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