There have been a couple Pioneer Elite products that have really caught my interest lately. More specifically the DV-45A DVD player and the VSX-45TX receiver. I'm currently looking at getting a new receiver. So far I've tried the Rotel RSX-1055, the NAD T752, the Marantz 7300, the Marantz 8200 and Denon 3802. The 45TX looks nice and I wouldn't mind trying it out. I'm also having second thoughts on my DVD player. I have the Denon DVD-1600. Its shortcomings are really starting to bug me. Like the remote, no gold tip connectors, and no coaxial output, for example. The DV-45A seems like a good replacement. Here's my question. Pioneer Elite products are only sold at a store that I absolutely refuse to shop at. A couple of my friends and I have had way too many bad experiences from them in the past. Would I really be missing much if I decide not to try the Elite products? As of right now, the best receiver I've tried is the Rotel RSX-1055, and another DVD player that I might get is the Panasonic RP-91. Would the Pioneers be much better than the Rotel and Panasonic?