I think I'm one of the few Canadians to actually have one of these things. I picked up an SC-07 a week ago. It went together quite nicely with my BDP-05FD and Elite Pro-FPJ1 projector.
My speaker system consists of a 7.1 Definitive setup. Mythos ST loudspeakers, Mythos Ten centre channel, 2 BPVX surrounds and 2 UIW RSSII in ceiling rear surrounds. This is supplemented by 2 Hsu ULS-15 subwoofers.
My theater room is not yet complete. Sound treatment and area carpeting aren't in place yet, nor do I have all the furniture. Sonically, it's far from ideal at the moment. I've had the SC-07 for about a week, the Denon 3808 prior to this to evaluate.
I'm extremely pleased with the 07. It is, by far, the best sounding receiver I've ever owned. I've never owned a class D before (subwoofers aside), so I really wasn't certain what to expect. It produces such a warm, full sound compared to the Denon (which I spent a lot of time calibrating and adjusting). I have no idea if it has anything to do with PQLS when coupled with the elite BD player, but whatever it is, the combination has breathed new life into my CD collection.
The Denon certainly has more bells and whistles. This has been pointed out elsewhere in this thread. To a large extent, it depends on what's important to you, but for me none of the differences amounted to selling points. I was mainly interested in sound quality.
Originally Posted by FilmMixer
I found the MCACC to be superior to the Audyssey in my room, which is challenged to say the least... I attribute it to the Full Band Phase control, and the bass was way better with the SC09.
Having spent a considerable amount of time with Audyssey while using the Denon, I definitely agree with this statement. With the Audyssey, I calibrated the receiver using 2, 3, 4 and six listening positions. Six always seemed to produce bizarre results for some reason, particularly with distorted speaker distance calculations. My best results came with a three position calibration. I really, really tried hard to make the Denon sound good, but I had written the situation off thinking that it was simply impossible to do until my room treatments were in place.
Then, along came the SC-07 with MCACC, a supposedly inferior system.
Wanting to get up and running quickly, I performed a single calibration from the main listening position. The speaker distances were accurate, but I had some doubts about the way it was doing the eq with the channel levels. I threw in a blu-ray with TrueHD to test it out.
This mini-review sounds like a bit of hyperbole, but I'm truly being honest. I was, quite frankly, astounded how the 07 opened up not only the front soundstage, but the surround field as well. Spatial resolution was incredible. The room is in terrible shape, treatment-wise, but it sounded incredible. Additionally, I had read on multiple occasions how the lossless tracks provided by blu-ray were supposed to be much more dynamic than their lossy DVD counterparts, but I'd never experienced this with the Denon. The 07 has made me go back and re-watch several of the movies that I've viewed recently just to experience the enhanced soundstage that the Pioneer has given me.
I've read that the Audyssey system is supposed to be the best room equalization tool on the market. For me, at least, that hasn't been my experience. Personal preferences will always play a role here, of course, given the subjectivity involved. But it my case, it's truly a no-brainer.
I haven't had any issues with the receiver, or the BDP-05 for that matter (which I've had for two weeks). I'll try to post some more thoughts as I gain more experience with the setup.