Bill, that was the point; your post misinterprets the numbers in two respects: that only the SC-05 rating is "continuous"(the VSX23 and all other amplifiers have to use a continuous rating under the FTC regs)and that the basic FTC rating of the SC-05 is with all channels driven(both ratings, 110 and 140 watts, are at the minimum required two channels driven). A requirement to drive all channels simultaneously at the full rated power for at least five consecutive minutes is totally unrealistic in the real world of home listening. Such a condition essentially never occurs; the two-channel requirement is closer to reality, and most manufacturers, including Pioneer, use it. Audioholics, among others, has pointed this out in connection with their lab tests.
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