Just how forcefully is he closing it? Is he using a 5 lb sledge hammer? How often does anyone use the front panel controls anyhow?
Pioneer also seemingly saved some money by not recessing the controls that are behind the front-panel door. I found that if you close the door too forcefully, you can accidentally change inputs or other parameters.
That reads like a B.S. wine review. The only part of it that actually describes the sound is the "etch and hardness" bit, but most people use the term "harsh" don't they?
1111piorec.rem.jpgTo summarize, the Class D sound here definitely differs from what I'd expect from a good Class A/B amplifier, particularly in terms of air, extension, liquidity, and especially decay length. But the differing characteristics produced great clarity and solidity, and the leading edge of transients were free of undesirable etch and hardness that have plagued some other Class D designs. Stage coherence, whether in stereo or surround, was among the best I've heard from any AVR at any price, and instrumental body and weight were positively meaty.
As far as DSotM (Dark Side of the Moon) is concerned, the original release on CD does sound pretty amazing through the SC-55 - but the new remix is breathtaking - especially the 5.1 (on DVD) remastering of the old quadrophonic release.