Why is it HD Radio is fairly prevalent in car stereos but practically void in affordable HT receivers? Crutchfield tells me HT receivers with HD radio start in the $800 range or so, but their prices aren't exactly low. What is the lowest price HT receiver you guys know of in a reputable brand?
I'm looking for a decent brand to upgrade my flat sounding Yamaha RX-V371. I want built-in calibration, preferably MultEQ XT. I'm considering Denon, Pioneer, Onkyo, or even Marantz if I can get a good deal on one.
The VSX-822 I set up for a neighbor sounds better than mine, but I don't like Pioneer's software or echo laden surround modes. It's very un-intuitive as far as trying to set it up to display the audio format. I've also yet to find a way to manually adjust EQ.
The plan was to switch to something like an AVR-1713 when prices drop after the Superbowl, but I don't like that the 1713 lost some wattage for net features I don't need. I actually use Slacker Radio's free version currently through my PC, which even sounds better than my Rhapsody Ultimate account, which claims to stream at 160kbps vs Slacker's 128kbps.
The AVR-1712, though having more channels than I need (speakers are 5.1), is more what I'm looking for, but they're getting harder to find. I found one top rated eBay seller that has one for $300, but I don't know if Denon honors warranty on eBay purchases.
Should I jump on an AVR-1712 now, wait for after Superbowl prices on the 1713, or wait until under $500 models have HD Radio? My living room is pretty small, but still, I don't want to be under equipped power wise. I've seen tech reviews on 75w Denons that have a 100w plus actual output across all frequencies at 8 Ohm though.