I've owned a Pioneer SC-68 since November 2012 and have been very pleased with it. While watching a BluRay disk the other day, the power for the entire system suddenly went out. I couldn't reset the circuit breaker either until I disconnected the SC-68 from main power. After about 30 minutes, I reconnected the power cable for the receiver and it came up with a POWER ON shown on the main display. It would not respond to any buttons or remote commands. I pulled the power again and attempted to reset the receiver using the ENTER and POWER buttons, but after a few power cycles, it didn't ever power up the main display anymore. No smoke was evident.
The dealer was nice enough to swap the receiver for a new one and once I got that hooked up, I discovered that two of my HDMI devices would not output a signal over HDMI any longer although they were otherwise working normally. I was able to verify this by using the component outputs of the affected devices. I also swapped cables and plugged the devices directly into my television to ensure I had isolated the problem to the HDMI outputs from both of these devices. I had two other HDMI devices that were completely unaffected.
I'm not ready to point the finger directly at Pioneer for this as I had a crew building a deck in the backyard at the time, but I cannot be sure they were using their power tools when this occurred. None of the components had a surge protector (they do now), so there's no way of knowing what caused the issue. It's curious to me however that only the HDMI outputs of the two components failed.
I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience (with either Pioneer or any other AVR manufacturer). The two other failed components were a DirecTV HR-34 (which DTV is replacing for free) and a display port to HDMI adapter which I replaced for $20 - so I'm not looking to go after anyone with a replacement bill. I just don't want this to happen again and I'd love to hear any suggestions.