Check out the Elite vsx52 at dynaco.com for $539. Elite's warmth helps tame the brightness of Klipsch. A co-worker bought the Elite 59 from them and had a very postive experience. Also Marantz would be a good choice and hifi.com has the Marantz 5400 for $449 assuming they have it in stock as it is being replaced soon.
Thanks for the advice. I really am a fan of the Pioneer from previous systems and think it will probobly be an easier system to use. For what I am setting up, is there and benefit to looking at the vsx54 as opposed to the 52?
I would get on Pioneer's website [pioneerelectronics.com] and look at both of them and see what you think. I do know the 54 is about 6 pounds heavier so it must have a beefier power supply. I don't know what features might appeal to you so print out the specs and take your time and compare. Good luck.