I was at Fry's yesterday to get new wireless phones, and saw the 609 for $299. Although I have been in the hunt for a Denon 2112CI (with the best price on a refurb being around $420 plus shipping), I was reminded that the 609 has all the features I liked in the Denon, except for its antiquated version of Audyssey (2EQ) and no Airplay support.
I know I can live without Airplay...a direct connection to my iPod via USB makes me happy, and all I ever stream is Pandora...so the question is, can I live without a better version of Audyssey? I am not an audiophile, am just setting up HT for the first time, and don't even own a subwoofer yet. My front speakers are a nice Mythos Solo unpowered L/C/R unit, and, until budget permits, the rear surrounds are old Polk R15 bookshelf units. None of these will perform much below 150 or 140 hz, so a subwoofer will definitely be needed to add much depth to movie watching. Most of the AVR's time will be spent driving TV sound, older DVDs, Wii for the boys, and music off the iPod.
The 609 seems to have a decent GUI, "acceptable" remote, support for Pandora et. al., enough legacy inputs for all my needs, plus stuff needed like HDMI standby, optical audio IN (from my aging Panny plasma, which uses a CableCard to decode cable signal), and Ethernet for firmware downloads. The Marvel video upscaling could be worth trying for those component devices.
So, after spending mind-numbing hours reading stuff like the offiicial Audyssey post on how to "work around" crappy 2EQ...here's my final question:
Will 2EQ be a big handicap, or do I just say, "I'll make the best of it" and open that box??
Thanks for your input!