Originally Posted by tboe77
Thanks a bunch for posting about this deal, neutro!!!
Glad I was not the only one here jumping on the occasion. I was kind of disappointed browsing FutureShop's Black Friday flyer, but decided to check on the web site anyway this morning.
Bizarrely, FutureShop's price watch feature totally failed me on this. Glad I double-checked.
If I could, I'd give you a big bear-hug for sure!!! Thanks, man!
I think the occasion warrants a little bromance indeed
I had a few nervous moments there. I had texted the missus to get her approval, and wasn't getting a response. The inventory number on the webpage, already in single digits, was falling, so I made a panicked phone-call.
Oh well, sure FutureShop has stock dedicated to online sales, but failing that, there's also the in-store stock. I'm pretty sure there will still be X4000 left in Canada up until the end of that sale (that price is valid up until Dec 5).
Late last year, and earlier this year, I upgraded speakers and subwoofer. I am SO looking forward to hearing how Audyssey XT32 will improve the sound in my room, as compared to XT.
I'm already on XT32 and it sounds quite good. One of my friend has an XT receiver and his sub's frequency response is notably bumpier than mine; though since that was not in the same room it's hard to make definitive comparisons.
I for one am curious to see how SubEQ HT will adjust my dual subs, compared to the manual tweaks I've done myself. (Yeah the 818 has XT32 but *not* SubEQ HT).
Also, I think my 3808CI should still be worth a few bucks, so my incremental cost will be even lower once I sell it.
I'll sell my 818 to a good friend who already bought most of my older gear already. Can't gouge him on this
However coming from an entry-level Pioneer, I'm sure he will be ecstatic about the 818.
The 818 is built like a tank, at almost 20 lbs heavier than the X4000. I really like how it looks. But while it excels at the basic stuff (e.g. amplifying signals) clearly the network side of things is a bit shaky. It turns out that I have a small room and powerful subs crossed high (100 Hz), so my AVR usage is not very demanding anyway. I'll happily trade 20 lbs of steel and copper for a more functional network stack right now.