Features, Build Quality, iPod accessibility
Graphic User Interface, Remote not as fancy, no 2nd Zone Remote
In the past few weeks, I've owned both the Denon 3808ci and the Pioneer VSX-94TXH. Seeing as they have the same MSRP, I feel it's a reasonable comparison. Each model has their pros & cons... depending on the user application, one may be a better choice than the ... Read full review
In the past few weeks, I've owned both the Denon 3808ci and the Pioneer VSX-94TXH. Seeing as they have the same MSRP, I feel it's a reasonable comparison. Each model has their pros & cons... depending on the user application, one may be a better choice than the other.
The Pioneer out of the box is a monster. Over 40lbs with a beautiful piano black luster. The initial disappointment was that it didn't include a 2nd Zone remote, but that was quickly remedied by the inclusion of an iPod cable (something you pay extra for with the Denon). This cable directly connects your MP3 player to the unit... no extra purchase required.
The presentation on the front is attractive. Though it lacks a few faceplate buttons as compared to the 3808, I feel what is included is sufficient.
In the back, the connectivity is similar to the Denon, but with a better layout. Speaker terminals are separate from the AV terminals, and everything is easy to navigate. I was however disheartened by the fact that the power cable was built-in. (I typically use an upgraded power cable)
The on-screen menu is its biggest shortfall. Blocky and basic menu navigation is not nearly as enticing as the Denon. However, it took sufficiently less time to setup. The Pioneer also allows you to customize your input names. Convenient if you can't ever remember what's plugged into what.
The included setup mic and menu worked just fine.
With the Denon, volume control was displayed on-screen. Not the case with the Pioneer. However, the volume is easier to read on the Pioneer's display, which makes it (for me) a non-issue.
So far, no HDMI handshaking issues. I had a few quirks with the Denon... enough for me to switch out. And at 4 HDMI inputs, there is enough connectivity for even the biggest Home Theater lovers.
Internet radio is much easier to navigate on the '94. Simply select the InternetRadio input and choose your station from the on-screen display. A must-have feature from now on.
Sure, the Pioneer's remote isn't as flashy as the Denon's. But I feel it's still superior as far as ease of use is concerned.
Bottom line, there's nothing I feel I'm missing now that I've switched to the Pioneer. For the price, it's the superior product. And I always get a fuzzy feeling when I can say I own the "top of the line" product from any manufacturer. The Denon does have some advantages, but in this case... Less is More.