I have a 2006 Pioneer 1016 receiver I'm considering upgrading for no other reason than to upgrade. It's THX certified select 2. I see only the upper/middle end Pioneer receivers are THX certified now, not that is an official stamp of SQ, but I use the setting currently when I watch movies.
How can you tell with any brand, not just Pioneer when you are getting a better SQ receiver than the lower model? I'm sure there are groups that have the same guts but have some other features such as video upgrades or wifi. I don't really care about that stuff as much as getting the best sound. So if there is one model that has 9.1 and one that has 7.1 with the same SQ I want the cheaper one.
I know there is the Cambridge, NAD, and some other brands that pride on SQ but you seem to lose a lot of other features. I still would like to run my video through the receiver and would like to stick to the main big box brands as they seem to fight with each other over the best all around packages. I just can't tell when you go up one model over the other if you are getting into the next level of sound.