The lack of THX cert is no loss at all save for the lack of the Relative volume setting. I do wish FlareConnect had stayed around. The big wins for the 6050 over the 696 are eARC, HDR10+ and HDMI 2.1 features support. There are little physical changes here and there. Wouldn’t suggest the 696 over the 6050 or even suggest spending the extra money on the 6100.\n\nGood to know. Never really cared about THX and I guess no one else did either as other receivers have dropped it except for Onkyo\/Integra.\n\nWeird as the TX-NR6050 ($500 MSRP) and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX105 ($900 MSRP) seem to be clones with Pioneer having the additional IR in, 12V trigger out, RS232 control port and detachable AC cord. Not really worth almost twice the cost. With the TX-NR6100 MSRP being $800, I guess THX doesn't cost that much but automation ports seem to. I've had the IR, Triggers, and RS232 ports and never used them.\n\nAll three TX-NR6050, TX-NR6100, VSX-LX105 seem to be clones with slight feature differences.