My first post in the forum and need your help to choose my next AV Receiver.\n \n My current HT system is a 5.1 setup with Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers for the fronts, driven by a Marantz SR6007 AVR. I am going to move to a new place and I am planing to upgrade to Dolby Atmos by adding a new Dolby Atmos capable receiver and some additional Klipsch surround and ceiling speakers. I am mostly considering to replace my Marantz receiver either by the latest model of the same receiver: SR6013 or by the latest Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1080 which has the same power output per channel (110 W @ 8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven). The 2 AVRs have though major differences in the features and specs: \n\nThe Marantz SR6013 is a 9.2 ch AVR with 11.2 processing capability, while the Yamaha RX-A1080 is only 7.2. That's not very important for me since I am going to go anyway for a 5.1.2 setup and probably I will stay with this for ever. I do not think I have enough space for more speakers, but more channels it's a nice to have just in case at some point in the future I have second thoughts.\nThe Marantz uses Audyssey XT32, the Yamaha uses YPAO with 64-bit Precision EQ. It is said that Audyssey is generally better, however for my small easy space, maybe this is not going to make much difference.\nThe Yamaha has a DAB+ receiver. Again this is not a top priority feature since both support digital internet radio, however it is a nice to have since there are many DAB stations broadcasting in my region.\nThe Marantz supports Google Assistant and Siri via AirPlay 2 voice control. Another nice to have feature.\nThe Yamaha seams to have better DACs with higher sampling rate: ES9007S at 384 kHz \/ 32-bit, while Marantz uses AKM DACs at 192 kHz \/ 32 Bit. Not sure how much difference can make this.\nThe Yamaha, at least on paper, has higher S\/N ratio, not sure how much difference can make this in the overall performance.\nThe Yamaha can play more and higher quality audio formats. I do not know if this is relevant for me, perhaps it will be more convenient to play audio files from computers and other sources rather than directly on the receiver.\nThe Yamaha has more audio inputs which I probably never use.\nThe Marantz has an extra HDMI input on the front panel, multi-channel input and composite and component outputs, I probably never use none of them.\nThe Marantz is IMAX Enhanced, not sure how important is this.\nThe Yamaha has many DSP Programs and supports DTS Neo, not sure how useful those could be for me.\nFinally the two receivers use different proprietary technologies like HDAM, M-DAX2 and HEOS wireless streaming for the Marantz and A.R.T. Wedge, the new Surround:AI technology and MusicCast wireless streaming for the Yamaha. Again I am not very sure about the importance of those technologies.\n\n There are probably more other small differences in the features that I now forget. One thing I would like to point out is that I generally prefer the design of the Yamaha with the clean all metal face, the big LED screen and the well built knobs, over the plastic side parts on the front face, the cheap knobs and the small screen of the Marantz.\n \n However, what is Nr.1 priority for me to make the decision is the sound quality in stereo music. I mostly listen to music from my system, much more than playing movies, and if there is a notable difference on how it sounds the one receiver along with my speakers over the other, I will immediately discard all the above mentioned differences in features and I am going to choose simply the one that sounds better. \n \n Both receivers have excellent reviews regarding the overall sound quality, and Marantz is generally considered as one of the best for music listening (that's the main reason why I currently own a Marantz), but if Yamaha's AVENTAGE series is even better regarding specifically the musicality, I am willing to switch even if this costs me a bit more. If the 2 receivers are pretty much equal in that aspect, I think I will probably choose the cheapest one I find on the market unless someone can convince me for the importance of any of the above features or for something else.\n\n I have red many reviews in the net but still struggling to make a decision. Any help would be very appreciated.