Originally Posted by Jasonrs55
I took the plunge last week on the refurbished 818 from A4less. Wanted to hold off for price drop when new models arrived, but couldn't wait. The A4less return policy isn't the best, so fingers crossed that I don't get a dud.
I went through a series of dud Denon 3313s with A4Less, and found that they have been courteous to deal with, but firmly within the stated return guidelines. The first receiver conked during a firmware update, and the replacement from Denon developed video dropouts in days. Since even the replacement receiver from Denon for the defective refurb from A4Less, I had A4Less make an exception for the 30-day return window, and they sorted everything out with Denon for the return. They would not however pay for the return shipping, and instead had me call Denon to pay for return shipping on the defective replacement. Denon did take care of the shipping, so I only lost the initial shipping costs to me.
Having said that, I got my Onkyo 818 for 749 from J&R when they were honoring the Google Shopping price. I feel that the replacement for the 818 will be out in the next couple of months, so prices will only go down from here. The replacement might or might not have MultiEQ XT32, but might include native support for 4K, for whatever it is worth. So, I'd recommend waiting a month or so if you could to save some money.