If you can get your hands on a Krell HTS or an EAD Ovation you will have the best of both worlds. They both do an excellent job of producing music. If you don't mind them being a 5.1 system. I used to own the Reference 50. It is a nice unit but it is in a different league than the Krell and Ovation. All three have balanced xlr's. The EAD, unfortunately, only has and xlr output. I also used to have the Denon 5800 and I was pretty disappointed with the unit. I presently have a Yamaha RX-Z1 which doesn't excite me too much either. If you can stay in the separate component mode, do so. I am presently in the middle of a trade for the Krell HTS. I have heard this unit and this puppy, in stereo mode, runs with the rest of the Krell big boys.
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