I'm torn of whether or not to invest in room correction. Most of the favorable reviews of Audyssey seem to be of the xt32, compared to their lesser lines. I'm not opposed to spending the extra $300-$400 to get a better AVR, especially once new models come out, and prices drop on 2013 models. The Denon x4000 seems to be the most affordable, excluding onkyo's. I am just very shaky on the build quality of the onkyo's, perhaps it mostly comes from the issues they had with their lower end models. It also seems like onkyo has been excluding the sub eq typically paired with xt32 by other manufacturers.
The only other thing I am shaky on with sub EQ is how it works with the independent crossover dials on my primary sub, and the subs built into the RS-1000 L/R mains. I am assuming one sets a crossover/phase setting they feel to be optimal, and then go from there with EQ, or turn the crossover all the way up, and let the sub EQ trim the crossover (this assumes that crossover is one of the things being corrected by the EQ?). Regardless, sub EQ of any form sounds like something I definitely want.
Regardless, it's not a small difference for me to go from $400-$500 for a HTR to $850+ for a model like the x4000, but I am thinking it may be worth it. I am not sure how much lower the prices will go when 2014 models hit, or when these models are usually available into the new year. I will be moving into an apartment (thankfully with my own floor and thick walls) shortly, and this makes dynamic volume EQ very attractive as well, which people seem to have good things to say about.
Beyond that, it really comes down to quality of build, and how long a unit will last. One of my concern with Marantz units, is that they appear to run relatively hot, although I am not sure how much of an issue this would be since I am using a separate amplifier. However a Marantz unit with XT32 costs significantly more than a Denon on average.
Should I be considering other units as well? Is the EQ really worth it? I've come to the conclusion that if I'm going to buy into the EQ at all, it should be the xt32.
Are there likely to be major feature changes with the 2014 models? Are the prices likely to be driven down much lower than they are now? (I noticed a4less mentions low stock on their x4000). Once I have decided on a receiver I may get in touch with jdsmoothie, who seems to be highly recommended.