I gotta say, I do not know what I did wrong in my initial setup, but Trinnov is everything I thought it would be.
This morning, I did a complete redo of connecting the R972 and the results are astonishing. I still need to raise the Volume Level higher than on my TX-NR3008, but it really is something special. And this is coming from Audyssey MultEQ XT32/SubEQ HT.
I still think that the Remote Control is an embarrassment for a $1800 AVR. While the RF Capabilities are wonderful, not to be able to Learn key Buttons makes this the least Universal of the Universal Remotes I have ever used. And this is saying nothing of it freezing up when trying to learn the precious few Buttons that can be Learned. Also, only having 4 HDMI Inputs makes for tough decisions. Then again, this AVR was Designed 4 years ago and that must be taken into account. Back then, 4 HDMI Inputs was considered a generous amount.
However, at the end of the day, what really matters is the Sound and the Picture. In this respect, this is an excellent AVR. All I can say if you have not gotten one yet and are interested, I would factor in a Harmony 1 or the like in the calculus.
I have used MCACC, YPAO (only for a few weeks), Audyssey MultEQ XT, Audyssey MultEQ XT32 and with the exception of YPAO, I have used these EQ's extensively and with Trinnov my HT has never sounded so alive.