I've done searches and had my own thread about budget AVRs, and again and again people seem to say the Denon AVR-1612 is the best sub $300 AVR. Now, is it ONLY because it can EQ the sub automagically? That seems to be the one thing said about it again and again. Is the power or sound quality that much better than a lower end Pioneer, like the VSX-522? I ask because I recently picked up that Pioneer from Best Buy over the Denon AVR-1612. Largely because the Denon was going for $320 vs the Pioneer at $250. Is the Denon $70 better? I still haven't even opened the Pioneer, so I could possibly go swap it out still.