Lee, some of the language in your reply may indicate that you're not really grasping the basis of some of the points that I and others(for example, see Alan again commenting recently here
)make in this matter. You refer to my "thinking" and say "agree with you" as if this was something as trivial as a mere personal opinion. On the contrary, this isn't based on personal experience, but rather a study of well-established principles of audio technology which aren't subject to being repealed by contrary opinions expressed on audio forums which lack solid evidence to support them.
Again, the point is that these units measure audibly flat and with inaudibly low levels of noise and distortion, and carefully controlled(controls not present in casual listening) blind tests fail to support claims that audible differences nevertheless can be heard. None of us can simply "Just trust your ears", as the charlatans who abound in this business urge when they lack a factual basis for their product's claimed superiority. Failing to realize this leads to miscalculations such as your "dismissing" the Denons which surely satisfy instruments which are far more sensitive than our fallible ears. These units can't be bought by attempting to "listen" for something that just isn't there.