I'm up against a buying decision. I've placed an order with Crutchfield for the DENON model, but the Yamaha looks great also. http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/r...rs/RXV2600.htm http://www.crutchfield.com/S-fPyO6yp...0&I=033AV4306B The main differences (that I care about at all) seem to be: 1. No THX certification on the Denon, Yamaha has THX Select2 2. Yamaha model has 2 HDMI in, 1 out vs 3 in 1 out on the DENON. 3. Yamaha model upconverts all signals to 720p/1080i (sending them out via HDMI), Denon does not. 4. Yamaha retails for $1400, Denon $2000. 5. Denon model has an iPod dock connector and USB ports on the front panel. The similarities are: 1. Both have auto calibration (YPAO vs MultEQ XT). 2. Both can be used as either 7.1 or 5.1 + 2 Channel second zone. 3. Both will convert analog video signals to HDMI (no upconversion on the Denon) 4. Neither has i-link inputs (though the early specs for the Denon said it would). It's just my opinion, and I could be talked out of this, but I've always considered Denon products to be of a higher caliber than Yamaha - but the specs on this Yamaha look pretty impressive. I've read some Sound and Vision reviews of other Yamaha receivers (for example, this RX-V657), and it seems that when tested, the power rating with multiple channels driven is significantly lower than advertised (http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/art...&page_number=1), versus only slightly less with Denon models (AVR-3805 - http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/ass...VR-3805lab.pdf). This indicates to me that the amplification in the Denon receivers are higher quality. Anyone auditioned Yamaha versus Denon in their home? My decision isn't final yet, but I'm definitely leaning toward the AVR-4306. Finally, I've ordered the silver finish in the 4306 from Crutchfield.com, because it seems they're the only place to get it. Anyone know of a good authorized dealer where I can find it for less than retail?