I can see your point because the Marantz AV7700 series didn't measure as well as the AV8800 series. So if I were buying a DM Pre-pro, it would be the AV8800 series, not AV7700 series.\n\nSo what if it were the $4500 Marantz AV8805 vs $5500 Denon a110? :D\n\nBTW, in general, I would also buy the components with excellent THD+N, but it doesn't have to be "rank #1". :D\n\n\nNeither, I would buy the X8500H at <$3,000, or wait for the AV8806 to drop below $4,000 in 2022.:D\nProbably won't happen though as the lowest price I can find right now for the AVR-X8500H is for about $4,000, or $4,500 for the AV8805 at Mognolia. I don't know where DJ7675 go this 8500 for less than 3 K, it might have been an open box. \n\nMy gut feeling is that right now is now a good time to buy an AVP because both Yamaha and Marantz's (the AV88XX) are due to a major overhaul. Yamaha likely will increase processing to 13 or 15 channels, and Marantz will have the same better HDAMs as the SR8015, the 8K\/HDMI2.1 are of course a given. So 2022 will be better times, when the HDMI\/8K bugs would have been worked out, and price would have dropped significantly.