What’s Up With Monster Receiver Pricing?

I don't think so -- even though I agree absolutely with your second statement in particular. I'll give the 2020 some credit for being attractive in a 1970s-style overkill ( but not marantz-rococo-level) kinda way. :)

Unfortunately, I don't think either you or I is an influencer when it comes to this sort of thing. ;)
After all, certain other (aforementioned) audio sites are still treadin' the boards -- although I am not sure anything as 1990s as forum websites is thriving at this late, oh-so-technologically-advanced, date. :confused: :confused: :confused: 😎
Your last point is one that I think a lot of forum folks don’t think much about. There’s far more discussion on Facebook groups, etc, these days and man if they aren’t ALL-IN on the superiority of all things Pioneer monster and the like.

And good luck trying to even calmly discuss a contrary opinion. The room is neither friendly nor knowledgeable…but they are quite sure if they’re beliefs. It’s a team sport and they’re wearing their jerseys.
 
A friend has a vintage hi-fi store in our town and he's found Marantz sell because they look classier than most of their competitors and Pioneer sell because they have lots of buttons and switches. Right now, he has a '70's Pioneer SX-626 (27 watts/channel) for $400, and I know he'll get that for that. Conversely, given current prices elsewhere, he has a 1975 Marantz 2270 in nice shape for a "bargain" $850. Less fashionable brands sell for fairly reasonable prices: a Sansui 4000 (45 w/c) is only $280 and Technics SA-5470 (65 w/c) is $350.
 
There’s far more discussion on Facebook groups, etc, these days and man if they aren’t ALL-IN on the superiority of all things Pioneer monster and the like.

I get that some of these groups are biased towards specific pieces of gear but sometimes the adulation is comical. On one recently (not Pioneer) were comments on performance literally not possible unless superconductors used. Do I jump in or keep my fingers off the keyboard? Chose latter, left it alone.
 
NOS? That did look minty and the box to boot (assuming that’s your pic).
I think their design was ahead of its time. It just oozes coolness (I mean the lights are a cool blue…).
Not my picture. Screenshot from the place that sells vintage equipment online. And yes, it sure is pretty.
 
Same holds true for the Pioneer SR-202 and Sansui RA-500 reverbs. Here's just one insane example:

Pioneer SR-202W

I have 3 or 4 of these, all in virtually like new condition, that I purchased from a flea-market in the $10 - $15 range.

Insane.
 
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