Thanks AZToolman for your post on the SC-65.
Everyone: I just contacted Rob at Mainstreet Electronics in California and had a nice chat about the Pioneer Elite SC-65 which I wound up buying to replace my decade old Sony Receiver the STR-DA4ES. I hope this is not against any AVS forum rules but their link is http://www.mainstelectronics.com
Rob tells me that current pricing on the Pioneer Elite SC-65 through this Authorized Pioneer Dealer is $1195, the SC-67 is $1495, and the SC-68 is $1995. Rob felt that the quality of the Pioneer Elite SC-65 made it a good choice for me. These prices are "delivered" prices by the way so shipping is included! Years ago I used to get Sony ES products at a fair price from the Oade Brothers. I think Mainstreet Electronics could become my new source for quality A/V equipment.
I've got a major dismantling of my entire system ahead of me since I've never run video through a receiver before but I look forward to having a state-of-the-art A/V Receiver as the new center of my home theater and surround audio system.