ricey has a bit to do with those cheap Pep Boys Mufflers the Honda boyz weld onto their cars...
a quality muffler like Magnaflow or a quality full exhaust system shouldn't sound ricey with or without the resonator.
Wrong. Put that magnaflow muffler (which I use) on without a resonator and you will have that ugly buzz regardless. A resonator is essentially a muffler before the muffler. The muffler, muffles sound (who would have thought). A resonator, well...does the same thing - just smaller (not in inner diameter).
So if you want a non ricey sound, but instead a deep throatier growl, use a magnaflow resonator (that of the same diameter of your piping) and a good straight through muffler (magnaflow makes these also) in your custom exhuast.