Thanks for the very informative first few posts in this thread and the ongoing discussion. This community is lucky to have such dedicated members as batpig and jdsmoothie.
I recently sold my AVR-3310CI and purchased an AVR-891. This was a downgrade in some respects but we just bought a new 3D plasma TV and wanted the 3D compatibility that the 3310CI didn't offer. So exactly six weeks ago, I purchased the AVR-891 from Fry's for just $380 which I think was a very good deal.
I wasn't expecting the xx12 line to come out so soon after my purchase. I am wondering if I should try to sell the unused AVR-891, and get one of the new models instead. My AVR usage is pretty basic as I only use 2 HDMI inputs (HTPC, Xbox 360) and 1 HDMI output to the TV. Networking is not important to me as the HTPC is always connected. That being said, we do have a few iPod/iPhones in the house so Airplay would be a welcome addition.
The feature I am most interested in is the Audyssey MultEQ XT processing. Our speakers are located in a "great room" that is open to a hallway on the left, a kitchen on right, and another hallway on the right. The room is quite large (roughly 15'x30') and has hardwood floors throughout. My understanding is that MultEQ XT has 8x the resolution of MultEQ. Am I correct to assume, considering this somewhat difficult listening environment, that the upgrade would translate to a noticeable increase in sound quality?
My 5.1 speaker configuration is the following: 2x Def. Tech Mythos Five fronts, 1x Def. Tech Mythos Three center, 2x Energy Veritas V2.0CM in-ceiling surrounds, and a Hsu STF-3 subwoofer. Usage is about 50% HT/TV, 25% music, and 25% games.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!