I’m interested in a 7.2.4 setup. Don’t care too much about the surround amplification, but want external amplification of front LR channels.\n\nI think these 2 AVRs might be ideal since they process 11 channels while only amplifying 9, so I’m not paying for amplification I don’t need.\n\nPer the Audioholics article on the Denon, it’s also ideal because you can assign the external amp to the front LR and the preamp doesn’t clip until 4V.\n\nDoes the Marantz definitely behave the same way, and if so, would it be preferred over the Denon for better internal amps?\n\nI plan to use with the Benchmark AHB2 power amp that I think only has XLR inputs. Is there any cause for concern there? Presumably a simple adaptor is all that’s needed? Would there be any audible difference using a Surround processor with fully balanced XLR outs instead?