Originally I was going to pick up the Denon 1712 used for cheap, however, I found a local shop that take my particular credit. They have some new stuff, they have some old stuff. I have 1K purchase power and that is my limit. Here is there link http://abtvaustin.com/_CGI/SEARCH3.HTML?MINOR=AUDIO:COMPON
They have the Pioneer SC-55 for 999. 9.1 Really really is sucking me in as well as NEO-X, although I cant find as much information on NEO-X as I can DSX. Originally I was looking for a DSX model, it also doesn't have the Audyssey calibration and I know people say this is a deal breaker.
They also have the Denon AVR3312CI for 799. This has the Multieq XT and the DSX I was looking for, it's only 7.1 (Only lol I'm coming from 5.1). There are other receivers on there that I'd have to go in or call in for price. Are there alternatives on there that you all think I could make my case for requesting a price < 1K. i.e. if they would I'd happily pay 1000 for the AVR4311CI, but I don't think that is going to happen, I still see it around 1500 everywhere.
My delima is, well one I have the bug, so I feel if I go 7.1 I will always be wondering what it would be like to have wides/heights/backs, cause I have to choose, at least with 9.1 I can put the backs in and feel like I'm "Within the standard with discrete 7.1) and then I can experiment with wides/heights.
I'm coming from a 5.1 Yamaha YHT-493, no calibration, theater in box receiver.
My speakers are Polk CS2/M60's C/L/R premier acoustic PA-6s Surrounds and the PA-150 sub. I feel like my system sounds pretty good with my completely manual and "tool-less" non-metered setup. I basically used a tape measure to set my distances, changed the levels of all my speakers to get the sound I liked. Didn't EQ anything at all, crossover at 80hz for all speakers. So I'm coming from a pretty junk setup that I think sounds pretty good, obviously I don't know what great sounds like so I also wont know what I'm missing. I'm relying on your experiences to help me get the best home theater sound for the money.