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The power specs seem to be short burst 1Khz readings, allowing the marketing department to say '630W total power' even though that has right around nothing to do with actual use cases. Capacitor banks could drive a high peak, but not for long. While switching class D amps are indeed more efficient, they don't make power, they simply don't waste as much through heat loss.
Somewhat less than the 290W power consumption spec, maybe 3/4 of that (~215W), is quite likely the upper limit of simultaneous and continuous output across any combination of the seven channels; so potentially as low as ~30W per channel when evenly distributed (rarely). Even that is likely to be loud with most speakers in most rooms, so maybe I'm nit picking. I'd expect that pushing this receiver hard (volume near max with moderately demanding source) is likely to lead to clipping. Hopefully, Pioneer's class D amp design clips softly.
By way of comparison: AudioSource Amp-2 A/B 2 channel amp; rated 200W bridged into one 2 ohm channel; power consumption: 350W. Sunfire SZA-2200 switching class T amp; rated 200W into a pair of 2 ohm channels; power consumption: 750W. Sony TA-F707ES A/B integrated 2 channel amp; rated 90W into a pair of 8 ohm channels; power consumption: 300W. Denon AVR5700 A/B integrated 5.1 H/T amp; rated 140W into five 8 ohm channels; power consumption: 1320W.
Those can at least cover their claims and then some.
Power aside, this price and the modern feature set/technology remains enticing. ...must...resist...
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