Has anyone compared the Pioneer Elite SC-55 to the recently released SC-65?
I'm upgrading the equipment in my living room (approx room size 32 ft x 15 ft). I just bought an Epson HD 6010 front projector and have a DirecTV HD DVR with a network connection. I'm leaning towards buying an Oppo BDP-93 Blu ray player. I'm planning to use a 7.1 set up with the option of a second zone. I've compared the spec sheets of the SC-55 and SC-65, but don't really know if the following differences are significant or if there is anything else I should be concerned about:
Power per channel 140 x 9 130 x 9
USB Formats MP3, WMA, iPod, WAV, Same, except no FLAC or JPEG
DAC 24 bit 32 bit
Phase Control Full Band Auto
Stream Direct Direct/Pure Direct Direct
PQLS Jitter Reduction HDMI Bitstream / Multi HDMI Bitstream
HDMI In / Out 7 in / 2 out 7 in / 1 out
Component Video In / Out 3 in / 1 out 2 in / 1 out
Analog Audio In / Out 2 in / 0 out 1 in / 0 out
Digital In / Out 5 in / 1 out 4 in / 1 out
Note all other technical specs listed on the vendor's website seemed to be the same, including Pre-amp outputs.
I have compared the SC-55 against the Denon 3312 in a demo room and preferred the depth of sound on the Pioneer.
I can't find anyone with the SC-55 and SC-65 side by side in a demo room, nor any online reviews comparing them.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.