Pioneer just introduced two new AV receivers into their ELITE family. The $650 VSX-60, and VSX-42, priced at $450. Both receivers have six HDMI inputs in the rear, Ethernet connectivity, video scaling, optional Bluetooth ($99) with A2DP, AirPlay, DLNA, Pandora and iOS or Android apps to boot!
In case you weren’t already aware, the ELITE line of receivers along with other ELITE products, are a protected superior (it’s in the name) group of products that Pioneer makes that are “similar” (looking) to its normal line. It’s what’s inside that makes all the difference. Better hardware, quality and sound is what you will be paying for, should you decide to purchase one of the above mentioned products.
While the VSX-60 isn’t as nice as its big brother, it still is a great 7.1 surround sound receiver and puts out 80 watts per channel (20 Hz – 20 kHz). Now, if doesn’t meet your needs, take a glance (just one) at the 7.2 version with ten more watts per channel, and a “easy access” HDMI port in front for your friends who bring over a gaming system or something of that nature, it’s Sirius-XM ready, and a few more audio goodies to reassure you on the extra forty “Ninja Lincolns” you’ll drop to acquire said ELITE-ness.