This thread has a lot of pages. But I think it's worth reading every page before you spend 1300 CAD. Get the hint?
At least read the first few pages of this thread first. Then ask questions about those pages.
Or ask specific questions like "do better measurements mean better sound quality or better Reliability or better HDMI compatibility or better WiFi remotes or WiFi streaming or better anything else?
All these measurement spec numbers are inaudible. You can’t hear the difference among these numbers unless you have golden ears, which means you would want to buy separates, not AVRs, which are not for golden ears.
So If better numbers don't mean better sound quality or reliability or anything else, do the numbers matter in your decision?
The Yamaha usually costs more than the Denon in the US.
So I would write down what are the salient factors in deciding your purchase.
Is it better measurement numbers?
Some people sold ther Denon's or Marantz's and bought Yamaha. I recently sold my Denon AVR-5308CI and replaced it with the Yamaha RX-A3080. @tealcomp
recently replaced his Denon 3805 and replaced with the Yamaha RX-A3080.
Some people started with Yamaha and changed to or added a Denon. @Good4it
started with the Yamaha RX-A3080 and I think added a Denon AVR. He might have an opinion on which worked better for him.
So everyone will have a different reason and list of what's more important to them.