I upgraded to the Elite SC-71 mainly because of the class-D amps (we moved to a larger house with a much larger living room) and the air-play feature with iphone. I use that a LOT and it's very convenient not to have to use the apple tv to play music. The IcontrolAV2013 app is far superior to the old control app for the 1020 also..
PS: I also changed my speaker setup so it's hard to compare the SC to the VSX - but the new receiver + new speakers sounds superior.. clarity and power.... the video is about the same I think. The video processor on the SC-71 has some nice upscaling features but I don't really take advantage of them.
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