First of all, thanks for the detailed discussion and advice! Really appreciate it!One of the main issues here is the distinct difference in sound types with the speakers..
The 716 is very aggressive and bottom heavy which means they need to be pulled way out from any walls, prob more so than most speakers. The 726 is again very agressive with the lower end but the main issue with them is they get bright with volume.
The Dalis need power and current... something the Denon doesnt really have. they are 6 ohm speakers and dip to well under 4 ohms.
I have to admit here that out of the 2 AV amps you have chosen, for one i cannot really say much good of that yamaha.. it is one of their poorest efforts with regret and the denon ironically in this case has the edge.
What i will say is both AV's are under 2200 Malaysian Ringitt (£400 sterling) and are in the budget end which i cannot say the say for about with either the focal or the dali.
Realistically the best all rounder with your room space for both music and movies would be the Oberon 5 (for less deeper but tighter bass control) or the big 7's which given the room area.. i think the 7's may be the one .. but you really need an amp with power for both and running an AV amp for music on them.. forget it.. you would need a dedicated stereo amp realistically for them and have something like a Beresford speaker switcher in line so you can flick between the av (if your running surround sound) and the stereo amp.
If you are not intending to run surround speaker package, then that makes choosing an amp much easier but we would need to know budget
Thanks!The 726 should be forgotten with those amps. They need power to compensate for that dip to 2.9ohm and AVRs of that quality are just not good enough (been there with my Marantz 5010)
I run my 726 with an Arcam A38 which was a £1500 amp in it's day.
Mine are 12" from the back wall. You certainly don't want them very far from the wall if you want any sort of bass when running in stereo without a sub.For Focal speakers, how far out does it have to be moved from the back wall for better sound stage ? 2 or 3 feet ? For Dali is there such a requirement ?