Shopping for an older receiver/amp
I'm not interested in vintage 20-30-40 year old receivers because they're being bid up by hipsters and lack one of the features I'm really hoping to snag: room correction via microphone. (Yamaha YPAO, Pioneer MCACC etc)
What I'm hoping to grab is an older but not too old premium-to-flagship receiver. Yes I know they have similar power output to the basic ones you can get cheap but they generally carried better versions of room correction and higher rated amps. I'm totally cool with it not even having HDMI. In fact I'm counting on a lack of HDMI to keep the price down.
I've tried compiling a list of older receivers but dammit its hard to even find names of them, google just buries older products like this that are updated annually unless you already know the model number(s). Craigslist in the Northern Va area people ask ridiculous prices for used audio equipment, several things I can find cheaper refurbished with all accessories + a warranty than what people ask. I'll still look there just in case there's a product at the right price to avoid shipping charges but I think my main hunting grounds will be Ebay.
Budget is a little flexible but I'm hoping to keep it around $100~ That's not in concrete but I think it should be possible to land something with that. What I really need is recommendations. What older higher end receivers kicked ass and took names and are now cheap due to lack of features? I've asked on AVSForums but those guys are a bunch of self obsessed a-holes who couldn't care less about economy.