Pros Sound as rich as advertised, Clear highs and lows, Seems to drive with flawless reproduction
Cons Extremely hard to setup and adjust depending on the listening source, automated selections seem inappropriate often, too few HDMI's, Price!
Summary I am a 47 Year old male IT Specialist and even I continue to struggle with all the setup combinations and listening options. I am incredibly impressed with the sound, that is when I manage to select the appropriate settings for the source. It has been a struggle since the onset to do so, and I am thinking about simply finding a 2 channel integrated amp and simplifying life. The Manual is about 80 pages and I invite you to plow your way through this one. At this point in my life I really to have an appreciation for beauty in simplicity. As far as the sound is concerned I have no complaints! One last comment, the manual appears to omit critical points of direction. For example, to change the base/treble controls they tell you to hit the Tone button. They do not tell you to hit it when it's in Surround Mode. To do so in other modes yields no results. Very frustrating.
Pros Overall great sound quality. Amplifier has plenty to of power to spare even at high volume.
Auto set up worked great basic and easy to use.
Solid chasis, vibration free unit runs cool as well
Cons Remote is a cluster.
More Hdmi hook ups.
No Phono hook up.
Summary Overall I do think Pioneer did a great job for the demographic they were trying to reach. It may not have the larger number of hook ups as some of its competitors, but for the everyday basic consmer who has this parked in their family room it works great. The Auto set up is easy and one time, you dont have to reposition the mike several times either. This reciever can be tweeked for the more experianced consumer as well. Most people only have one or two HD sources so hookups meet the demand of your average user. The reciever sound wonderfull it roars like a lion when needed and is as quiet as a lamb if needed. I find that I can enjoy this reciever while watching basic tv, other recievers Ive owned or heard even those that are more expensive can get overwhelming and distractfull, this one is very well balanced. The sound quality is steller at all levels. You can use the direct source option on digital formats to turn off any audio processng, its sounds great excellant sound feild with 2 channels. The multi channel play back is great never overwhelming. The THX processng works great, clear detailed highs and smooth low notes. This is a great reciever, Its great for the normal consumer, who doesnt need a million different hookups. I was very pleased with my purchase.
Pros Beautiful Sound
Cons lack of hdmi ports
Pros nice reciever if your looking for something without hdmi up conversion
Cons needs HDMI imputs to be in todays upper class
Summarysorry it does have 1 HDIM imput but , you need more than one imput to keep up with the Jones of today
Updated on Aug 29, 2008