Shane, Where in the thinly detailed press release did you read anything about bass management on this unit? The only items I can read about on this receiver, are the same old tired PR
that gets passed around.
I have checked into and auditioned; B&K 307,Denon's 5800 and Yamaha's RX-V1. While I thought B&K sounded slightly best, I did not care for its video switching, its remote or its looks. Denon's sound was OK, only OK and its display being white and small was hard on the my eyes. Its remote also wasnt anything to sing about either. Yamaha was the one with the bass issues IMO, but it did seem to have the most headroom, a better display, too heavy on the DSP modes and again, like the other two, a bad remote. All three of the these units are getting old now, and not competitive feature-wise for the price.
When and if I can get an audition on the '49, I will do this (comparisons/auditions) all over again.
Is Pioneer worth it? Let's just say if they pull this off, and put out a real gem here, then we'll all hear about it. If they dont, they'll be in for a major setback. Yes, I'd pay it, but I'll weigh all of the above items, but wouldnt exclude a unit on just one.