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.

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.