Deal DetailsLast Edited by outsidedogs May 4, 2016 at 05:51 PM
Best Buy Stores has Pioneer Elite - 760W 9.2-Ch. Network-Ready 4K Ultra HD and 3D Pass-Through A/V Home Theater Receiver for $999.98. SKU: 4201302
Note, price will NOT be available online. I did call a Best Buy store and confirm with them that this price is nationwide at all Best Buy stores. Clink the link below and then "Store Pickup" and "Check More Stores" to view which locations near you have them in stock. Or you can go into any store and provide them the SKU: 4201302 and have it ordered for delivery.
OR you can do what I did and call into Best Buy at 1-888-237-8789. My customer service agent was seeing that same online price of $1398.98 on sale. So she quickly called a Best Buy store and verified the lower $998.98 price, BAM - price overridden and off the phone in 15 minutes.
Great overall receiver. I have been doing extensive research on Dolby Atmos and DTS X receivers. This Pioneer receiver really hits all the major and even minor points for a next gen home theater receiver: Dolby Atmos, DTS X (available via future free firmware update), Class D amps, full bandwith HDMI 2.0a 4K Ultra with HDR and HDCP 2.2, 9.2 channel power amplification with 11.2 channel processing, wi-fi and bluetooth, MCACC PRO sound calibration.
Link: (Again online price not reflective of in store $999.98 price) http://www.bestbuy.com/site/pione...Id=4201
I appreciate the interesting back and forth regarding this AVR and the many alternatives. Many valuable and insightful comments throughout but I thought the conversation could be focused a little by illuminating one of MY MAIN REASONS why this receiver is such a good option that I (regretfully) did not initially list in the posting.
With that said - on most home theater AVR review websites you will read reviews about the next generation of surround sound: Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. Suffice to say that these new formats make use of height channels and that nearly every professional reviewer that has demoed the newest AVRs with Atmos/DTS have said "OMG this is the S#!* right here when you take advantage of the 7.x.4 configuration." For the uninitiated, what that means is 7 surround channels including Front Left, Center, Right Front, Left Surround, Right Surround, Left Rear and Right Rear, .x for either 1 or 2 separate amplified subwoofer/s, and the .4 for the HEIGHT CHANNELS. THESE 4 HEIGHT CHANNELS ARE THE GAME CHANGER!! By that I mean look into the reviews and you will see many professional reviewers explain in a multitude of ways how much more enveloping the sound is, creating a now seamless real world effect in the sound stage. And this sound stage (supposedly as I am awaiting to demo this for myself) is an improvement for not only movies, but for tv, sports programming, and even music. Key consideration though is to have 4 height channels you (generally - as of right now that is) must first have a 9.2 channel receiver with the capability of processing 11.2 channels through adding an additional 2 channels of amplification from a separate amp. The Pioneer SC-95 with the DTS:X, and HDCP 2.2, and HDMI 2.0a is the only receiver anywhere near $1000 that will do this (and do it well) (No the Yamaha RX-A2050 will not do this but its big brother the 3050 will).
SO if you care about 11.2 processing and potentially building your own 7.x.4 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround system then I believe this receiver is an absolutely excellent option for you. If you have no interest in 11.2 channels then many of these other comments are entirely valid and you should consider other AVRs from the like of Denon, Yamaha, Marantz to name a few.
(reposting in comments as well)