Originally Posted by LowTech1
Exactly what purpose does it serve to keep XT32 on their high end models that most people can't afford. The are just cutting off their nose to spite their face! Onkyo will pull a lot of people from Denon to Onkyo. Lets see Denon 3313 and Onkyo 818 are the same price but The 818 has XT32,that is a pretty easy decision. Why would you buy a Denon unless your a koolaide drinking fanboy?
My decision was between the Denon AVR 1713, the 2313Ci and the Marantz SR5007. I came from the SR600x series and find the SR5007 serves our purposes just fine. I'd gladly pay fifty bucks more but I'm sure not going pay $1,200.00 more to get the XT32 feature. As a budget minded shopper, that money went to a b-stock RC-64 II center channel and the monetary leftover difference will go to upgrading our paired subwoofers. I'm sure D&M has taken my above into their marketing strategy but it's beyond me to understand how they expect to make up the difference (depending on licensing fees) that the fifty bucks in development/manufacturing costs make.
The list on a Denon, AVR-4311Ci is $2,100.00 and for the difference, we upgraded our center channel and with the money left over, we'll apply that towards a pair of upgraded subwoofers for a net difference of, $1,141.00 and a huge improvement in overall sound quality. The point, there's only so much money in the home theater budget and I find it hard to believe that D&M makes a huge profit in higher end sales over their middle-of-the-road product sales, the majority of the buying public purchases. Let's see, a high end AVR or a much better center channel and improved subwoofers? Let's see, which one?
FWIW, our budget forced me to compromise our subwoofer budget (SVS, PB12-NSD vs Martin Logan Depth i) as we ain't rich, sooooooo, siiiiigh, I compromised to a lower standard. Boo, hoo.
In the fickle world of love, SVS is my new subwoofer love but if someone whats to throw us a pair of cherrywood Martin Logan, Depth i's for the same price, I'm your Huckleberry.(Moderator, I'm not soliciting a purchase in my above; it's humor.)
-Edited by BeeMan458 - 9/8/12 at 9:57am