If the xr700 overlayed Dolby ProLogic IIx to PCM and had some rrom correction software I would never even think of upgrading.
Have you heard the pioneer sc05/07? Are they truly digital? How does the sound compare?
You and me both. I adore my XR700, though sometimes it seems a little too "bright". The upper mids just get too high on occasion...almost shreak, but HIGHLY detailed.
I did look at the SC05/07. Are these Digital like the Pannys? I dunno. I guess I need to read the power requirements if I can find an online manual (never looked). I like they are rated at All-Channels-Driven. But my needs don't require alot of power. A receiver outputing an All-Channels-Driven power rating of 45-60 Watts is plenty for how I listen and the Speakers I use.
I think I may just hold on to the XR700 until a 9.2 Channel Receiver with Dolby ProLogic IIz and Room Correction is available in the ~$1000 range.
I am 7.1 and don't regret a day of it. The XR700 is wonderful. Small, Light, Efficient and Cool Running.
Wanted to update anyone that may be still using the SA-XR700. I've been able to setup my HTPC using 7.1 LPCM via HDMI using Arcsoft TMT to output both Dolby True-HD and DTS-HD Master 7.1 successfully. It's great to know that a 6 year old receiver was built with enough future-proofing to still be relevant. Are there any consumer (500-700) Class-D receivers today that can best the SA-XR700, curious what upgrading would give me.
I have two of these XR-700 receivers because I had a system that required bi-amping. I sold the speakers and now have no need for both of these. What would be a current price for one of these in great condition?