I was in your shoes a month in a half ago. I was considering the 1613, 1713, 1712, and the 1612. I ran into an open box deal at BB for $250 for a 1613 and decided to pull the trigger. My 1613 was a big upgrade in sound over my Onkyo 604 and I was shocked over the difference in Audyssey multieq over Audyssey2Eq. Yes, the 1713 at retail may be a a better value, but if you can find a deal on a 1613, I think you will be happy. I'm extremely happy with the sound, the power, and the features. If the deal is right, it makes the 1613 an even better value.