I was actually dead set on getting the HK 235 but then after checking this forum again I can't decide between the pioneer or the HK. Ideally I want to take both receivers home for a test drive but I will be ultimately buying one online for almost the same price (350ish for the hk and 375ish for the pioneer) Feature wise, the pioneer seems to have the edge but the HK is not that far behind. What I'm more concerned about is dynamic power. I have an entry lvl yamaha right now and it drive my axiom m50 towers well at moderate volumes. But when I crank it up, the sound seems compressed and very bright. Not to mention, after a couple minutes I can sense an eletric burning smell.. So my question is whether the 235 or pioneer has more power. On papter the pioneer does, but HK always seems to have the most honest rating and I know that 50 HK watts per channel is usually more than 100 sony watts per channel.