You're right on target, KMO!
Who cares about XM radio. I haven't used the FM in my receivers for nearly 15 years. But I DO care about the highest quality audio & video quality that I can afford and support for all the multichannel formats. Even tho I don't use IPod, I can see that as a useful feature for many. But for all practical purposes nearly abandoning SACD/DVD-A support is stupid. I may not be typical, but I own more DVD-A's and SACD's than all the CD's I own since CD's first came out in early 80's, so having a direct digital connection for these and not being forced to upgrade a player is important to many Pioneer owners like me.
I'm quite underwhelmed if these receivers are all the US is getting this year from Pioneer, contrasted to how I felt when the 49TXi and 59TXi came out. Those were serious pieces of hardware that nearly all reviewers said riveled separates in quality.
The amps in the 49/59 have been tested to provide far more than their rated output 2 channels driven and meeting the rated output with 5 channels driven. All reviews I've read on the 82/84 amps showed they were only capable of meeting their rated output with only 2 channels driven. With 5 channels, the real power was quite a bit less, around 70 watts or so IIRC. Even tho the 80 series had more current features, they were not the same quality as the 50 series. It initially looks like the 90 series are going to be similar.
I could envison using the 94 as a prepro and get a high powered amp, but the lack of Ilink makes it no sale for me.