I gotta give Onkyo credit, the TX-NR1000 did very well in the power output test in the S&V test/review. 133.7wpc with 7 channels driven is pretty darn good, and not that far off from their 150 claimed output. It's certainly a lot closer to it's "claimed" power than many other brands have tested at, when all channels were driven.
But WHY is it, that S&V is testing some with 5 channels driven, and others with 7 channels driven now?
Because last month they tested the Denon 5805 with only 5 channels driven, and this month they tested the Onkyo TX-NR1000 with 7 driven. This is the kind of stuff with reviews/tests, that really make it hard to do fair comparisons about actual outputs. Needles to say even with that, with Onkyo doing better at 7 driven than the Denon did with only 5 driven. It looks like the Onkyo probably has the Denon more than covered with 7 channels driven.
I just hope that Onkyo learned their lessons about saying things are "future proof" with their previous product like the TX-DS989 when they said it back then about them also, and that really mean it this time with the TX-NR1000. At least they used a type of design this time, they should help them in that regard.
Or at least as long as something like a new 17.1 surround format don't show up as becoming the new "must have" defacto standard it should be...