Originally Posted by tdog4871
What about the two taking away the pre-amp (I will not do). How do they compare? I'm torn between the two.
The only advantage the 1909 has is the Audyssey Dynamic Volume, for I believe works on all types of audio frequencies. Correct me if I'm wrong, but you can watch HD at 5.1 and when a commercial takes over, it controls the loudness. I think the same goes to any audio frequency (action film, radio, recording). The 03 only has the Loudness Correction available in Stereo mode. So you can't enjoy the 5.1 on the tv switching to a commercial without the change in frequencies. You can, however, turn on ALC in Stereo mode to control the fluctuation, but you're stuck listening to any 5.1 material, action film, in Stereo 2.1 (that's if you have a sub connection). Also, I'm not sure if the 1909 has upscaling on HDMI connections. I know the 03 doesn't. As far as power, the 03 has more and it has pre-outs.
I own an 03, and even without having the auto-calibration setup, I'm happy with it overall. The only gripe is that ALC... but that's 1 feature that is limited to Stereo-mode that I can live with.