I also have a Pioneer Elite vsx-23 (about a 5 year old model with a class A amp) and a couple of years ago I bought an SC-35. All SC's, either Elite or standard Pioneer, are class D's. I didn't notice any difference in sound quality while mostly listenning in two channel Pure Analog. Others say they hear a difference, I didn't.
While there may be some difference in sound quality between different receivers, features, connections and "usability" are the real differences. A single crossover setting could be a real problem for some members so it was important to point it out. It was also important (and enjoyable I bet ) for Ty to correct my little boo-boo...again.
Integras lack of a Pure Audio mode was also a disappointment.
Pioneers MCACC doesn't eq the sub.
Denons are a pain in the...
Marantz isn't what it used to be, but still pretty good.
In short, there is no perfect receiver.
In the $700-$1000 price range I think an Elite would be a good match for you. But Integra or yamaha would also be a good choice.
Still fancy a Mrantz (one bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch) or Yamaha, oe Denon, Or Onkyo? Then consider a factory refurbished unit from ac4l.com. 5 Year extended warranties are reasonable.
Edited by gene c, September 04 2013 - 06:38 PM.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Dynaudio Audience 50's, 40's 122C, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.
"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Adcom GF-700 5.1 receiver, OPPO BDP-80 BR player, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
Also have...too much to list. Help me.