Go with the Marantz AV8802A, buy it used. Or wait for the next one that has Dirac.
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Presumably the AVR has a built in DAC for digital sources. What your are basically saying is that you prefer the overall sound of the combination of the amplication/preamplification from the AVR and the DAC in the AVR compared to the previous Amp/DAC combo you were using.
I am also presuming the AVR you are using is cheaper than the Vinnie Rossi. My recommendation would be to try to get the Vinnie Rossi for a
comparison against the AVR in your system in your room . Then you decide based on price and sound quaity.
What are you going to play vinyl with? Do the AVR and the V.R. both have phono pre amps included, and if so are they compatible with your vinyl set up? Or will you be using a seperate Phono Pre Amp?