Originally Posted by jtenn
Are these features that would make the 818 a better choice over the 1009?
I really don't care about DTS-HT Express but Audyssey MultEQ XT32 is a definite improvement over MultEQ XT.
The Yamaha RX-A1020 is also a very capable AVR. I would decide between it, the 818, and the Marantz. The 818 lacks AirPlay so if that is a major concern to you, personally, I would favor the Marantz.
Among all of the above, I gave significant weight to XT32. It really is that good. If the Marantz had Audyssey MultEQ XT32 there is no question I would have bought it instead of the 818.