Just wanted to know peoples thoughts, I realise it’s difficult without the Yamaha actually being released, but there maybe something that sways my decision either way. I’m looking at a new AV receiver, I have a Yamaha RX-A1030 at the moment. Of those named Denon has been my overall favorite when it pertains to quality and features. The Yamaha tends to have a better smartphone app if that matters. Either would be a good choice. Wirecutter recommends the Yamaha RX-V685 as it's best all-around receiver, and, indeed, it looks like a solid choice for my single-room, 5.1 setup, able to support my 3D movies and even has a dedicated phono input for my record player. If I was in for a new avr, right now I pick up the newest Denon 4500, I wish they offered the 4100 in 9ch instead of the 7ch it is. Jump to Latest Follow 1 - 8 of 8 Posts. the advantage of the Yamaha is preouts for the front two channels so you can add an external amp. I’m a little torn between the Denon 4700 or wait and go for the Yamaha RX-A6 when ever it comes out. Onkyo vs denon vs marantz vs pioneer elite. It's pretty much Yamaha vs Sound United (Denon + Marantz) for the moment, with Sony still in the ring, but not having a competitive model. K ... Yamaha, Onkyo, and Denon. The advantage of the Denon is the Audyssey MultEQ XT room calibration software plus 8 HDMI inputs vs 5 on the Yamaha. The Sony ES models have a 9 channel entry, the STR-ZA5000ES, but it's even more expensive than the Yamaha RX-A3080. you see many bad experience for the Denon one (eg : no sound, settings issue, etc ) when nothing of that sort is reported for the Yamaha. Looking at buyers comments for both receiver on Amazon (very good exercise when you want to get the real feedback vs the fancy Cie website -denon one is beautiful for instance).