I get the feature or two...and the different warranty, as they are both easily seen from a spec sheet
while you could be 100% correct...you are making some assumptions in what you say
Check out avsforum and home theater shack.
There doesn't seem to be any question that the internals are the same between the sc-12* models and the elites.
I still can't find a magnolia store with those low prices on the elite models but if you are lucky to have the choice of those or the 1522 I'd go with the real elite anyway