Excerpt: I’m convinced that at a subatomic level, my DNA has begun mutating me into homo gadgetus. My dad was an electrical engineer, so naturally, hooking up a two-channel stereo was instinctual, hereditary, and manifest from the moment my little fingers could grasp an RCA connector. But setting up a multichannel, HDMI-equipped, Internet-connected AVR was a challenge until recently. I don’t think manufacturers have gotten that much better at their hardware and software design.
Conclusion: After living with the Pioneer Elite SC-27 for a few weeks, I would be fully comfortable recommending it to anyone looking for a powerful, high-end AV receiver. I know my reference system intimately well, and over the time I auditioned it for review, I heard dynamic range from my speakers that I didn’t know they had in them, and a thickness and bite to the sound which surprised me, even given how familiar I am with all the source material I was using.