I have to tease you a bit here
you - who haven't moved past the 59Txi & talk about how wonderful it is in Pioneer & Denon threads - you are criticizing Pioneer for not updating MCACC, jitter on HDMI and dissing a feature that no other AVR has?
your 59txi doesn't even have HDMI
on the 49 & 59Txi, I owned both & only sold the 59txi for the SC-09. So I know how great they were. But I wouldn't go back to the 59 for any reason, not even nostalgia.
Multichannel async USB - I only have 2 ch files. in a world where multichannel DVD-Audio & SACD didn't succeed, you're worried about multichannel files?
Where, may I ask, are you buying them? As far as I can tell, the 192 & 96 files on HDTracks say nothing about being multichannel. Unless you're rolling your own from old quadraphonic recordings & using dvd-audio conversion/mastering software, who has them? if there are sources, please tell me because I'm sincerely interested.
The 68 also has a standard USB port in the front. I'll take another look at the manual myself and some other ref lit I have & try to confirm for you multich vs 2.
On jitter numbers - you are being disingenuous here.
I recall reading posts by Amirm (confirmed by me) telling you that the newer models have NOT been tested by Miller Audio Research so you have NO idea how they compare with the SC-07. None whatsoever. Saying or even suggesting Pioneer hasn't improved their HDMI jitter without facts is disingenuous.
And hows' that ancient video chip in the 59txi and basic version of MCACC doing for you?
and enjoying the complexity of having to use an add-on HDMI switcher? I did that with DVI for 3 years and couldn't wait to get rid of it. That was one of the reasons I got the 09.
I recall you've tried some newer gear but how can you complain about what Pioneer is doing now when you're still happy using an old receiver that can't compare in features to what Pioneer & Denon are putting out the past few years?
And for the record, some of you know I have babied a vintage '78-ish Sansui top model quadraphonic receiver, keeping it going for quad LP playback. I also own a super-SQ Fosgate Tate decoder. So I appreciate older gear
But I have a reason....literally hundreds of good quality quad LP's that are NOT available in any format anywhere...like all the Santana SQ quad recordings...none ever made it to SACD/DVD-A. Fans finally got the quad masters of DSOTM & WYWH in the Immersion box sets. I have 4 ch recordings of Gordon Lightfoot, Average White Band, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Joe Walsh, Eagles & countless others even classical, that are not available anywhere. With the Sansui & Audionics, I can play them until I die or they do.
For home theater use, by today's standards, you are using an ancient piece of gear. And the SC-68 does things my 4 year old SC-09 can't do
And for amps, marka, if you really prefer class a/b, you have dozens
of quality amps to bolt on to a modern AVR, incl Emotiva, so you have no reason, other than $$, not to get a new AVR - doesn't matter if its Pioneer or someone else's.
IMHO, anyone has the right to comment about a review & seek answers how features work, but you can't legitimately criticize a company's features when you're happy with gear that doesn't even have them to begin with.