They are now in the same price range, with the Denon "previously owned" and the HK available new at $559. The speakers are likely to be Axioms after conversation with my wife, with one of the SVS PCi subs. Looking around at the reviews and searching the threads, each of the receivers seems to have its proponents. Neither seems to be particularly more sturdy than the other, or to have an easier setup. The Denon seems to be widely popular, whereas the HK seems to appeal to the musical crowd. I think either would do as this is my first trip into a setup in years. How about a used B&K 202 if I upped the electronics budget a bit? There was one on Audiogon recently... Thanks!