I bit on this deal as well.
I bought a refurbished Denon 1913 when it was on sale for $280. While it works fine, and I like it, I realized I wanted an AVR with preouts. So I started looking at the Denon 3313ci ($740 refurbished) and the Marantz 5007 ($599 refurbished).
I was about to pull the trigger on the Marantz 5007 when I came across the Pioneer 1522k deal for $599 new.
I did not want to miss out on the deal, so I leaped before I looked, so to speak. I figured I could always return it unopened.
But I am having a heck of a time finding reviews on this Pioneer, and comparisons to other models (like the Denon and Marantz above). Does anyone have any links to any reviews or comparisons of the 1522k?
Based on the MSRP, the Pioneer was the better buy. But tbh, I do not really need 9.2, and some of the extra zone 2/3 features, etc. that the 1522k has. I am most concerned with the quality of the video/audio processors, and the calibration software. I was hoping, based off the msrp, that the 1522k has better processors/dac than the Marantz 5007. But now I wonder if that is true.