For you current and past owners of the SC-25/27, would you still recommend it today to someone who wanted killer SQ with a receiver upgrade and who didn't need the latest bells and whistles? I've found these used for around $400-$500 in some cases and am tempted to pull the trigger.
Back story: I'm coming from a ~10 year old Sony STR-DE945 whose greatest feat is decoding Dolby AC3, so even having HDMI 1.3 would be a huge upgrade for me, let alone lots of clean power on tap (the Sony is quite a disappointment coming from Carver amps when I downsized, even at lower volumes). I don't care about 3D, Airplay, or multizone, but networking would be nice. I was originally saving up for a Yamaha Aventage 10XX or higher but those haven't come down on the used market as much. My main goals are sound quality, reliability, low price, auto speaker calibration, compatibility w Harmony remotes, and being easy enough to use that my wife can toggle between sources and modes without cursing my name. A used Elite SC-XX seemed like a potentially good way to go.
Advice or not, thanks for all the helpful posts on these models. I feel like I've read the manual front to back!