Is that $400 a hard limit?
The onkyo 809 has had some fantastic deals lately on amazon. They have it right now listed for $470 and it has been as low as about $425 within the last couple of days.
Granted the 809 is "last years" model but for the clearance prices of late it is a fantastic value and has a ton of bells and whistles and should qualify as a huge "bang for your buck" unit.
I don't need snobs to tell me how to think, thank you!