Originally Posted by RomanBlade86
Now I assume the people that said those things didn't use Audyssey and just went by the default settings. Funny I was just looking at the Denon AVR-4311CI. The picture of the receiver on Crutchfield says that it was made in China while the picture on Amazon says made in Japan. Where was yours made? I can't believe how expensive it remains despite being nearly three years old.
Here's one article on the discussion about old receivers vs new receivers:
Mine is made in Japan, as I believe all 4311s and A100s (Anniversary edition 4311 with some additional, mostly cosmetic features) were.
The sole reason the 4311's value remains so high compared it's contemporaries is the inclusion of Audyssey XT32. At the time, it was by far the cheapest way to get XT32 with the Onkyo 818 now occupying that market position.
The retained value of the now two generation old 4311 is pretty good indicator of how people view XT32 & good EQ in general. The two most significant influences on SQ are your speakers and your room. Nothing else is even close. Given that most of us don't have dedicated theaters where we can fix room problems the right way with physical treatments, automated EQ systems, in most situations, offers the next best assist to an acoustically imperfect room.
With the discussion of amps in this thread, some perspective:
It's very common to see members post graphs where a room eq solution has flattened a 10db peak and even 20db improvements in the subwoofer region.
Any comparison between the amps in an AVR and a dedicated amp showing a 10db difference would make me suspect one of the units is physically defective. Or being overdriven in a way that isn't relevant to the system you are working on assembling.