Originally Posted by ss9001
some of you seem to be over-worrying. IME with Pioneer products and the SC models, they are robust & no more problems than other brands. just ask Onkyo receiver owners about the reliability of theirs...with overheating problems and thousands of failed HDMI boards plus poor customer service.
You're right to some extent. I've owned receivers from several brands, including H/K, Marantz, NAD, and Onkyo (I'd never buy a Denon receiver, only source components from them!). I sold an Onkyo 875 only after about 1 year of use because I did not want the HDMI board self-destructing on me like Mr. Phelp's recorder from Mission Impossible. That thing put out a LOT of heat, which just literally cooks the electronics housed in it, but I digress. True, each manufacturer has its own weaknesses and failure rates just like any other.
Nevertheless, I don't think I'm over or needlessly worrying, because the approach to making electronics today is not the same as years ago. I bought a H/K AVR-680i stereo receiver back in 1983 (I know, I'm dating myself), which lasted me 10 years before one of the channels started cutting in and out. Never gave me a lick of trouble, either, until then. Today, however, components are so complex and computer driven, with "handshake" issues, internet connectivity issues, it's almost impossible to NOT to find something wrong with them. Which is why even though I bought this receiver to replace an Anthem AVM20v2.21 pre/pro (an approximately 8-year old processor that still looks and operates like new), I'm keeping the Anthem until I know there won't be any problems (e.g., like a bad internal cooling fan) with this Pioneer unit that forces me to return it to Costco. Plus, if I'm outside Costco's return policy window, I don't want to be stuck without a processor for an extended period of time. I don't anticipate that happening, however, because I'm using the Pioneer strictly as a pre/pro right now, so it stays just slightly warm even for extended listening periods. The amp I'm mating to the Pioneer is the Emotiva UPA-500 (typical Class A/B, I believe), which is rated at 80watts/ch at 8ohms, 20-20,000Hz (all channels driven), but it is a VERY dynamic amp for its size. My home theater room is only 10.5 feet wide by 12.5 feet long, so it's plenty of power for that environment. As strictly a pre/pro, however, the Pioneer probably has more features in it than most processors from even just a couple of years ago...and for a LOT less money to boot.