Originally Posted by metalguy
A few more features, try 9 channel amp versus 7 channel that is more than just a few features for a 100 bucks more.
Agreed. But from what I am finding out about the current and forthcoming product lines is that Pioneer is not the flexible feature rich manufacturer they use to be. Those two extra channels may be a bonus, but if you are only running 7.1 and like when I first got my 7.1 in 2000 and there was barely any 5.1 fare, although that unit did amazing things with the 5.1 in a 7.1 set up, what can you do with those extra outputs that Pioneer hasn't already decided for us like I am seeing on a lot of the "features" on the 1222? And in talking with Pioneer they seem to think they know better than we do about our personal media needs and the way the world is evolving with these features and flexibility. Which seems to be less and less than I have had from them in the past. So . . . unless they are assignable and can be used, in my case as sub outputs, although I love my little "arc welder" amps, it's not a bonus until they really start coming out with 9.1/2 fare.
I looked at the 1522 before buying the 1222 and at that time the pricing was not as attractive as it is now, but was willing to go that route "if" it was worth it. I didn't see any "worthiness". It looks like that starts happening with the Elite models, which I have a couple and will be buying one to replace this 1222 as soon as they finish releasing the 2013/14 models and we get a good look at what will be available.
I have been a Pioneer fan (did also like Carver and Yamaha) for close to if not over 30 years and now because of all that I am discovering, my eye is wandering to other brands.