Gekko, with all due respect, I know from owning both pieces and using them extensively that the Denon is superior to the Yamaha, and that is on every level. The fact that one of the worlds most respected reviewers, not "a" reviewer corroborates my experience only helps to support my opinion, and perhaps help Texas25 make his decision. By the way, that same reviewer just happened to have reviewed the Yamaha a month or two earlier, and although clearly liking the Yamaha, he put the Denon in another league altogether, as I did before reading the reviews. Simply put, I bought the Yamaha, and after hearing the Denon, sold my Yamaha at a considerable loss for the Denon.
Also I've never had a repair problem in over 18 years of using Denon products, not to say that counts for anything. Texas 25 was asking for opinions, and I am offering one from personal experience. Saying to pick whichever one you like best is not the issue. Reviews and opinions can help in these decisions.