Well I had been lurking over at the Denon 4311 thread -- and finally can put the receiver purchasing situation to rest. The open-box 4311 that I mentioned was nicely priced (still available on website), but they are supposedly unable to lower open-box-priced items.
So, the guy asked his manager & sold me a new-in-box 4311 for ~$30 more.
Not the ABSOLUTE cheapest that batpig mentioned, but within that bracket of $1,200 to $1,300 (I'd just say the price, but I don't know if I'm allowed to say that here?).
Batpig, you have saved me...and cost me...quite a bit of money over the years!
Saved, as in I've gotten great deals.
Cost, as in that I've kept buying! :O
Hank, thank you for the "thumbs up" as well.
I'll be looking forward to running the Audyssey XT32 on my room, and to see how much they open up my Audissey APS 5+2's and the C-8's -- at this point, I'm drawing the line and saying an amp is out of the question....but as some of you have pointed out, many don't feel it necessary with this receiver, and I'm hoping that will be the same case here.
Batpig, a quick question for you: Now that I'm running true Audyssey (as opposed to the Yamaha implementation of room correction), do you think it smarter for me to hook up the APS 5+2's to the 4311 via the sub-outs, or should I still just use the speaker-level inputs & set them to full-range, and let the Audyssey do its thing from there?
Will the bipolar design of the Audissey speakers cause any issues aside from the phase detection portion?
Excited to geek out (though my pocket doesn't thank me...!).