I was looking at the Pioneer webpage the other day and wondered does Pioneer only put the D3 digital amps in the Elite receivers now? I have a non-elite SC-1222 that may or may not need to be replaced/repaired depending on the outcome of a reset and I like the D3 amps but didn't really want to step up to the Elite line. Thanks for responses.
Direct Energy is a Class D design. Is it a D3 amp? Not sure. But I can say that I just bought one and it is definitely a step up in sound compared to my old Pioneer Elite SC-63. That was a D3 amp for sure. Has it plastered all over the thing.
Direct Energy is one of the main differences between this amp and the 303. This was according to the cheat sheet that Best Buy has showing the comparison between model numbers.
This amp is also a lot lighter than my SC-63. I would say probably about 5 pounds or so.
Also you can look for an older Elite model like the 301, 501, 302, or 502. Those are selling for dirt cheap and will not be much more expensive than a non-elite model. I am pretty sure at least the 501 and the 502 are class D3 amps. I think they are going for around $300 or so. Check E-Bay and you will see there are a lot of them out there to be had.