Picked up the AVR 1700 today as well at Best Buy for the 199 Price tag, apparently its a hot ticket as I got the last one in stock, they had to search high and low for it for me
They had a stack of 15-20 of them a few days back.
This is replacing a Pioneer VSX-521K, not sure if I like it, it has some quirks I don't care about, or that I just haven't been able to figure out. Im going to give it some time and serious listeing to see if I prefer it to my Pioneer.
1.EZEQ Seems pretty worthless:
-Compared to my Pioneer MCACC and my own mesaurements, the 1700 was a good foot off on my front, 2 feet off or so on my rears and about 4 feet off on the sub, the pioneer aside from a quarter of an inch or so was spot on.
- Speaker levels seemed way out of wack, granted I understand it was being taken from a single center listening position, but it just sounded funky, doesnt matter anyways as I leveled off all the speakers to 85DB
2. No Direct/Pure sound option, Auto surround automatically detects, but if you wanted it to play Stereo as stereo etc you have to manually select stereo, seems to be no way to get a Direct/Pure Direct sound function like the pioneer in which is plays stereo as stereo, Dolby as Dolby, DTS as DTS etc
-It does correctly set DTS/Dolby etc, just upset that if a Stereo track is being played from say youtube or a standard def channel, it uses its emualted surround sound unelss I manually choose stereo
3. Owners manual is FRIGGEN USELESS!! aside from telling you how to hook it up, it does nothing to tell you the feautres/how to use the damn AVR, might be one online, havent looked, this erks me as I always try and learn as much as I can before i start fiddling around and have a good baseline for what im doing
4. VOLUME KNOB IS AS BRIGHT AS THE DAMN SUN!! I really like the look of the reciever, some have said it looks cheap, I like it.. I think it looks very slick, you can either turn off the volume knob, or let it scar your cornias with how bright it is, wish there was an option to just dim the volume knob light and not just turn it off.
5. Worthless remote, not that it doesnt have mostly everything, I just think it is the most ridiculous looking remote I have ever seen, its uncomfortable, its front heavy, and the button layout is stupid.. by far worst remote i have ever owned. Oh and the fact that it uses three AAA's seems stupd to me
6. It's light, it feels cheap, hard to belive this thing will EVER seel for its suggest and listed retail that everyone displays at $400+
1. HDMI OSD, my pioneer was not able to use the OSD through HDMI
2. Seperate crossovers for center/fronts/rears
3. Warm rich sound, I honestly think this reciever sounds much warmer than my pioneer, maybe its just a mind **** to me, but it seems like sound is better, more detial in sounds than I noticed before, Dialogue in movies seems much clearer to me.
4. Turns on and off almost instantly and is quiet, no loud clicks or pops, turns on and off nice and easy
5. Better sound at higher volumes, seems like sound is much clearer when this thing is cranked up, could be the higher listed power output compared to the pioneer?
6. Network connectivity and phone app, my wife already loves the airplay
A happy wife is a happy life
7. Logic 7 (H/K version of Dolby Emulated surround) is actually pretty good, Logic 7 seems to do a much better job at emulating surround sound from a stereo source than the dolby counter part on my pioneer did, it sounds natural and full where as dolby always seemed to be not utilizing the surrounds/center enough and losing sound data because of it.
There might be more, but thats my first impressions, I feel that while it does have some features lower end recievers don't such as the multiple crossovers etc.. I feel that its a bit limited, unless I am unable to find these settings, no option for a simple direct sound etc seems ridiculous to me.