Hi everyone haven't really posted here much since I finished my rebuild projects a while back. I got thinking about some other Pioneer component pieces and the SPEC line of gear popped in my head and got me wondering if the SPEC gear is worth the price that it demands. I get that their amps are super crazy powerful but reading some of the SPEC threads and recalling what others have said that although they're nice looking that their designs are just okay and they don't even sound as good as some of the integrated receivers do. I am somewhat familiar with the SPEC gear and looking at some of the rebuilds makes me wonder if Pioneer could've done a better job with the top tier equipment. Would someone rather have a SX-1980 or a SX-1250 over any SPEC gear? I get that there is no comparison to the power the SPEC amps generate but still... you can buy some wicked new Bryston audio gear. I'm not a Pioneer hater, quite the contrary, a Pioneer LOVER but SPEC always made me question "why" bother. Can someone educate me better on this matter?