I have been a fan of Pioneer products for some time, particularly their Elite line, but with my v4.0 build under way, and black Friday deals abound, I decided to pull the trigger on something a little different today.
My last Pioneer Elite was sold with my house back in May as part of their negotiations, so good or bad, I am starting over with all new electronics. So I wanted to mess around with either a Denon or Onkyo this time around. No issues with the Pioneer Elite stuff, but time to see what everyone else is using.
So I started looking at the HT-RC370. Thought that I found a great deal on it yesterday until I called that company (reputable reseller too) and found out they they are out of stock, but pre-ordering for their next shipment. Probably a 2 week wait until shipping. No big deal. I'm still building the theater. But then, last night, they bumped the price up $50. On an out-of-stock item. Ugh.
Long story short, I was price shopping like crazy and since the 709 is pretty much a 370 with a few extras (that really don't matter to me), I added it to my searching.
A different company is doing a Black Friday sale and the 709 was available, in stock, for $6 more than the out-of-stock seller, AND they were including a $50 gift card which I can turn around and use on a new blu-ray player. SCORE....
So if you factor that in, I got it for about 55% of MSRP. Not bad at all.
Can't wait for it to arrive, although I will be on a business trip when it does and it requires a signature. Hopefully FedEx will leave a door tag and my wife can sign for it.