This is a second try from a complete noob....
I am trying to decide what receiver to buy to power a pair of Polk Audio monitors (that I haven't bought yet...). Planning to expand in the next few months to years. I would listen mostly to music streamed from a NAS or PC.
Warranty is not an issue - I would get Yamaha from Costco and would pay basic membership (55/yr), which I would _maybe_ use for other things. The Yamaha I would buy from Amazon and get the ST extended warranty.
I am looking at these models due to network capabilities, pre-amp outs, price range. Both would be ~$500.
Both seem to have nice track record as far as reviews.
It seems both can be controlled with an ipad, but the Pio comes with its proprietary cable included.
10w extra for the Pio (not sure how much I will notice that in the future).
A frustrated user from Amazon preferred to rerturn the pio and get the yamaha, due to several annoyances.
7.2 vs 7.1 - I'll never use a second sub.
plenty of HDMI inputs on both (7 vs 8)
I even asked my wife to tell me which one looks better to her. She said both are huge so she doesn't care
I think the Pio looks better.