I just missed the $200 HK1700. I guess I now will go with the Pioneer 1022 for $250. I don't think the 1122 is worth the extra $100.
You saw the VSX 1022 for $250.00 @ BB?
Just for the record: I do think
that the VSX 1122 is worth the extra $100.00
If you don't think so go here and look at the comparisons: Click on the 1022 and the 1122 and then click comparehttp://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/AV-Receivers/ch.Pioneer+Receivers.Compare
Also the VSX 1122's Product Sheet shows in Bold Black
the upgrades from the 1022 and that's here:http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/ephox/StaticFiles/PUSA/Files/Home/VSX-1122-K%20New%20Single%20Sheet.pdf
The VSX 1122 also has five "Assignable" HDMI's, the Elite VSX 50 and VSX 1022 have none.
If your question was the VSX 1122 or the Elite VSX 50, hands down my answer would be the VSX 1122 and load the Warranty.
But with the VSX 1122 @ $600.00, I would spend $50.00 dollars more and get the Elite VSX 60 @ $650.00, load the Warranty and go home.
I'd also put my purchase on my BB Card and get 18 months same as cash!
For the extra $50.00 I get a 2 year Warranty, Extra Features and I just think that the Elites are made Better.
The VSX 1122 compares closer to the Elite VSX 60 and is a better comparison.http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/AV-Receivers/Elite+Receivers/VSX-60
One thing that you can do is go to Pioneer and look at the Specs of each.
I have Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer so I could open the Spec of each and compare side by side.
Pioneer does not always make this easy as they jumble things around a bit.
Here is a link to the Elite VSX 50: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/AV-Receivers/Elite+Receivers/VSX-50
Click on the Product Sheet and look at the back looks much better than the VSX 1022.
Not that looks are everything but it does say a few things as to build.
Here is a link to the VSX 1022: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/AV-Receivers/Pioneer+Receivers/VSX-1022-K
VSX 1022 Product Sheet:: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/ephox/StaticFiles/PUSA/Files/Home/VSX-1022-K%20New%20Single%20Sheet.pdf
You can see overviews, Specs, OP Manual, etc of each.
A few things to note between the two receivers:
The Elite VSX 50 has 4 HDMI Inputs and the VSX 1022 has 6 HDMI Inputs....How many external devices do you need to connect today and in the future to your A/V receiver.
On My Elite VSX 53, (Living Room) I'm using 3 HDMI Inputs: Computer HTPC, DIRECTV, Blu-Ray player.
On my Elite VSX 60 (Bedroom) I'm using the same : HTPC, DIRECTV and DVD Player / Burner
So that's 3 HDMI's on each, with a game console that would be 4.
The Elite VSX 50 has a Pioneer 2 Year Warranty compared to the VSX 1022 with 1 Year.
The Elite VSX 50 has 6 MCACC Memory locations compared to 1 for the VSX 1022.
The Elite VSX 50 lists supported Apple Devices as: 4th gen Nano and above / iPhone, 3G, 3GS, 4 / iPad, iPad2
The VSX 1022 lists it's supported Apple Devices as: iPad 2, iPad, iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, 3G / iPod touch 4G, 3G, 2G, 1G / iPod classic / iPod nano 6G, 5G, 4G, 3G
So this depends on your Apple Needs.
This also shows on the spec page, I would suggest reading the OP Manual and delving further if this is an important spec for you.
Just because it is not listed on the Elite VSX 50 Spec page does not mean that it has it or not.
It really depends on your needs of the receiver.
If I was you I'd download the two Operator Manuals and give them a once over, checking features that really apply to you
Myself, I like the Elites, but the 50 is an older Elite and why BB is selling it out.
The 1022 on the other hand is current and why it has the newer Apple Devices Spec.
With either purchase I would highly recommend the "Extended Warranty" for as long as you can!
I had a VSX 1020 die on me out of Warranty and it took a lot to get Pioneer to swap it out.
Pioneer gave me choices on any current model as a replacement, with a much reduced costs than retail.
I chose the Elite VSX 60 and I have been very happy with it!
A Warranty would have helped me a lot and at the time for a VSX 1020 I think it was around a hundred bucks.
It would have been the best hundred bucks I'd spent.
So that may sway you, the Elite VSX 50 at $250.00 plus Extended Warranty or the VSX 1022 at $450.00 plus Extended Warranty.
Does the VSX 1022 have three hundred dollars worth of features over the Elite VSX 50? That's a question that you will have to answer.
I really like the Elite VSX 60, so far so good.
Given your comparison of the VSX 50 or VSX 1022, I'd get the Elite VSX 50 and put the Extended Warranty on it!
But that's just my opinion and specific needs.
You need to determine the same for you.
PS. I am assuming that the "Open Box" has all of the accessories like a remote, (you can download the Manual) and comes with a full 2 year Warranty.