Originally Posted by MikeRP
Is a new elite line coming out soon?
Mike.....we really don't know. Fact is, Pioneer really plays it close to the vest when talking about new releases on their AVRs.
Here's what we do know........Pioneer announced some new BD players that have the capability to use PQLS over all channels. As of right now, the SCs are only capable of using PQLS over two channel. So, it would stand to reason that when the new Elite's hit the street, that would be the "big" feature update to coincide with the capabilities of the new BD players.
If Pioneer's history with AVR announcements is any indication, they would announce the new Elites (standard line AVRs are already out) sometime in the next 45-60 days. And, they'd hit the market sometime in August/Sept.
From a personal standpoint, aside from "all channel" PQLS (which would only be useable with Pioneer BD players), I can't see any major updates. Maybe expanded capabilities for I-touch/i-phone. I can't see them changing the amps in at least the SC series as they spent a lot of time and money on them. Maybe Dolby IIz capability? But, best I can tell, Dolby IIz has met with very tepid response. More HDMI connections?
It will be a month or two before we hear anything. Seems stock for at least the SC series is starting to get scarce according to reports, though.