I would choose the Arcam.
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The Denon is less expensive and is 7.1, the Arcam is 6.1 People may disagree with me here but I have a 7.1 Harmon Kardon and a 6.1 Marantz, so I am running 13.1(just kiddin). I prefer the 7.1 for movies personally even though I've never heard a true 7.1 DVD (not even sure they exist) The Denon will set you back $5-600 and will probably sound fine.
Another dito for the Arcam piece, which I used to sell. It's in another league over the Denon, which I've also owned that piece briefly. Either way with these receivers, you will definitely run the speakers as "small" on these receivers, unless you're running monster Klipsch speakers, or active woofer designs. Otherwise, I'd plan on adding an amp