Well, that simplifies things. If you think that, and have these many doubts, get something else. Trinnov Remapping is a major part (along with EQ) of why anyone here has an R-972. If you have no interest in it because you're sure about your positioning, and only could have a single processor, I think a Denon X4000 is very likely in your future based on my opinion before actually trying this Sherwood unit. Or if you can find one, the older 4311.
I'm probably getting the R-972 set up tomorrow night and will start getting familiar with Trinnov...probably a good week before I feel comfortable enough to do serious A/B tests with REW and some source material. I'm in no rush to get a cal ASAP, but would rather think through what the numbers are telling me first, and understand the unit as much as anyone can.
For one thing I'm waiting for the +3 and +6 db files from Sherwood support: had a nice talk with the tech guy yesterday about that and a few more things. He was aware of the minor AVS cult about the unit, BTW .
Keep in mind that I'm using the R-972 not as a full fledged pre-pro or an AVR, but more as a DRC box working with a multi-source player doing A/V processing and an existing AVR as the amp. I don't think I can give you a good either/or opinion based on experience for all the unit's issues, or how likely they are.
I know what my _current_ opinion would be....which is get the most cost-effective XT32 receiver you can. Audyssey has a lot of AVS users, there's a great how-to guide you can find, and quite honestly it will be much easier for you to use than Trinnov by all accounts, and possibly aggrevate you less. And that's aside from the Sherwood's quirks as a receiver. But can a well-executed Trinnov cal, if you leverage isues with the unit, sound better to you? Maybe so. I'm taking a chance but in a less risky way than most here, I hope, to find out .
You need to read through this thread and maybe the one on HTS and see if you want to take a chance on it as your receiver/pre-pro or not based on many user experiences. Only you can answer that, not me.
Good luck - I can't give you more advice than that.
Edited by sdrucker - 8/24/13 at 12:50pm