About ten years ago I came across a fair deal on an SX-1250. I drove to Melbourne, Fl. to meet the seller. I arrived at the address I was given. It turned out to be in the parking lot of an audio repair shop called Tedco. I waited for a long time when a man shows up in a van with a parrot on his shoulder. As it turned out the receiver was in the shop and part of the sale was to pay off the repair bill at the shop. The shop owner pulled out the 1250 and fired it up for me. I believe it had been in the shop to be dialed in with DC offset and bias because the bill was small. I finally settled with the owner for a total price of just a bit under half of what I had brought with me. As I carried the receiver out to my car, walking with the man with a parrot on his shoulder, he casually mentioned that he had an SX-1280 and an SX-1980 in the back of his van. I look in the back of the van and, as sure as hell, there are the 2 beauties. I knew I did not have the money for the 1980, but I hoped to swing the deal on the 1280. He agreed to the same price for the 1280 as I gave for the 1250. I only had $100 left; so there was no dealing for the 1980. I actually did not really want it. I sure had no idea what they were going to draw here in this decade or I would have jumped on it with all my extremities. Once home and hooked up both receivers worked well and only needed a tweek on DC offset and Bias. I used the 1250 at home and the 1280 was my screamer at work. It wasn't more than 6 months when they both started showing similar symptoms. They were sending out nasty spikes and the 1280 was really cooking at the power supply. I did not care to have my speakers killed by the spikes so I put them both on the shelf to wait until I could to afford to send them out. As of now, after the last two years, I have them both finally set up in the living room system. OMG I am so happy. Don't get me wrong, I had first had the 1250 together with a Sansui Model Eight Deluxe; so my system was no slouch. The two Pioneers seem to have a bit more synergy and the bedroom system will end up with the Deluxe and the G-8000. I have mattsd to thank for the work, with the 1250 in 2015 and the 1280 in 2016. They both sound crystalline to me. This has been too many years in the making, but it has been worth the wait. I tried to take some pics but the living room has so many big windows that the system stays too dark to be seen and pics with the flash suck. You all know what they look like; so you can use your imaginations. Thanks for listening to my long story, but I still wish I had bought the 1980.