Are the "7 discrete amp. channels" of the Denon better than the Pioneer 1021, or does it have them also? Does it sound better that way? (is it a feature that should affect my decision?) Also, is the Audyssey calibration program better than the Pioneer's? We have lots of Apple products (iPhones, iPods, Macbook Air, and iMac) and we all deal with our iTunes quite a bit, so the Airplay thing will be cool for us. It sounds like the Pioneer has a little more interaction with Apple, so that may be something for me to keep in mind. But both units have Airplay, so I'm not too sure what the differences with their Airplay functions might be, if any...right now the Denon can be found for $500, and the Pioneer for $350. So, is there any reasons to spend the extra $150 for the Denon? I WAS looking at the Pioneer 1121, but it doesn't have Standby HDMI Passthrough!! I think that sucks, cuz the wife and kids don't wanna mess with surround sound every time they watch TV... Anyone have any ideas or info? Thank you all for your time!