yeah perhaps the evo is beyond even paulmoney's reach. i went one down on the wharfedale diamond 9.6 but they're a bit off balance despite good clarity.
good luck hunting!
go with the yamaha 665 - very very well reviewed (RRP was something like $2600-2800). the only advantage of the denon 2809 is the 'other features' which i dont use (sorry cant name them cant remember what they are). that'll give you a lot of room for speakers - that could be a personal thingy. best is to plug in the yamaha at his showroom to a couple of sets of speakers and your fav cds and decide.