Hey guys, Firstly let me address I do know the massive price difference. The VSX is around $250 mark and the Yamaha is over $600. I've been shopping around for a system for a few days now and Ultimately landed on a 5.1 Sherwood speaker set (unfortunately I don't have a model number to post but will get one ASAP) and that leaves me deciding on the amp. Basically, I'm wondering if it's worth paying the extra to get the Yamaha. HDMI pass-through is something I am looking for for sure, and I can't find on the Pioneer site whether the VSX has it. I've read a heap of stuff on here about the Yamaha and love idea of it (the speakers were running off a 567 in the shop) so I am leaning towards it, but just don't know if it's worth spending that much on it. Any thoughts?