I would like to go Yamaha's way but for me it comes down to the above, or more precisely, there's simply not enough EQing going on in the most important area with their room correction: the subwoofers. I believe it dead stops at 30 or 40 hz which is grossly unacceptable to me in a multi-thousand dollar AVR in 2013/14.
Further, as a big 11 channel guy, I believe DTS NEO X will be taking off in the coming year and the Yamaha- while offering its own 11 channel processing- lacks the NEO X that AVRs will need to iron out its discreet (or semi discreet) additional channels.
To be really honest- and aside from debatable DACs, video processing chips, and other iffy-to-be-discerned sound components- I don't see what the Yamaha offers over a unit like the Denon 4520. And before someone flames me on the aforementioned, please understand that I firmly believe DACs are a long perfected (or very close to perfected) technology and that video processing is rarely superior in an AVR and even then RARELY discernible on typical screen sizes at typical viewing distances. That's my experience...one's money is better spent focusing on tangible, readily identifiable aspects.
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Tech (responding to laughter): "I'm sorry sir, did I miss something?"
Me: "Yeah, a case of Diet Mountain Dew walking across my living room."