Onkyo 818 has Auddesey XT32 and thats why I didn't close the loop to all Audessey versions. I haven't experienced any AVRs wih AudesseyXT32. Onkyo 818 is another awesome receiver! (have couple of issues with scalers; but not big deal). I wish to hear this 818 someday; but this comment "this receiver beats my Emotiva UMC-1/Rotel RB-985 combo"; thats refering to Pioneer 1222; that is much to say! Imagine how awesome this 1222 receiver performs!!
Sadly I dont know any one locally with an Onkyo 818 or any receiver with XT32.. But all I can say; after hearing this Pioneer with D3 amps and Advanced mcacc; I will not look any further. I'm pretty sure if Pioneer release any SubEq on the next generation of AVRs then Audessey should start to shake their knees. I own an Onko 515 in which I sold it to get the 616; but when I saw this receiver for $599; and started reading the specs then I get rid of the idea of the 616 and got this receiver. I'm GLAD I spent $200 more to get this receiver vs the 616!
Edited by javygonx - 1/24/13 at 9:59pm