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Where to buy Pioneer Elite 54TX?


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#1 of 23 OFFLINE   Jody C Robins

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Posted December 09 2004 - 02:55 AM

My dad would like to buy an Elite 54TX, but is having trouble locating one. He lives in Houston, so there should be one SOMEWHERE in that freaking city. Any suggestions as to which chains might carry Elite receivers? For some reason, I can't get the dealer locator on their site to work. Thanks
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#2 of 23 OFFLINE   Scott_Jua

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Posted December 09 2004 - 04:29 AM

http://www.soundpros.com

Good service and prices... and I personally know two other people (very close friends) other than myself who have bought from them. the first of which was almost 4 years ago.

#3 of 23 OFFLINE   Jody C Robins

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Posted December 09 2004 - 04:36 AM

Do you know if they are authorized dealers?
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#4 of 23 OFFLINE   Scott_Jua

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Posted December 09 2004 - 05:29 AM

I believe their store is... (ask them when calling)

You can ask them to send you an in-store receipt with purchase when they ship it out to you. My friend who had bought from them first had a warranty period repair and recall taken care of and Pioneer honored it with no problems. This was a VSX2xx series THX Elite receiver a few years back.

#5 of 23 OFFLINE   James Phung

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Posted December 09 2004 - 06:54 AM

I got a nice quote from these guys (authorized I believe) for the 54tx.

http://www.docdvd.com/#Discount

#6 of 23 OFFLINE   Wayne Ernst

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Posted December 09 2004 - 10:53 AM

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I got a nice quote from these guys (authorized I believe) for the 54tx.

http://www.docdvd.com/#Discount

I purchased my 54Tx using this vendor. Merchandise arrived when promised and double-boxed. Plus, a proper receipt was included in the event warranty service is required. The receipt is from an authorized vendor.

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#7 of 23 OFFLINE   DerrikW

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Posted December 09 2004 - 01:26 PM

I bought mine from the same place. I would definately buy from them again. I never received a sales receipt though, I emailed them and they said that if I ever need warranty work to let them know and they would mail me a receipt.

#8 of 23 OFFLINE   Scott_Jua

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Posted December 09 2004 - 03:31 PM

Do a search for them... I believe there were some problems and converns with that service in the past that should be documented here and on AVS Forum.

I was not comfortable with my near buying experience, but things may have changed.

#9 of 23 OFFLINE   Rob Kramer

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Posted December 10 2004 - 12:17 AM

I got my 54TX from SoundPros also. They were nice guys. Even cut me a deal for less money than what was listed on their web site.

I dont think that they are authorized to sell out of state. I didnt care. Saving hundreds was more important to me. And of all the "non-authorized" dealers that I researched, SoundPros had the best return policy. Actually, it was even better than a lot of authorized dealers (My local "authorized" B&M only allows returns for store credit only - no trial periods at all. I hope the internet puts them out of business!).

#10 of 23 OFFLINE   Chip E

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Posted December 10 2004 - 01:11 AM

Tweeter is an authorized local Pioneer Elite dealer. Doing a search, there's five stores in Houston.

http://www.tweeter.c....cator&state=TX

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Houston - Kirby

Store Manager: Hector Mena
Phone: 713-526-4317
Fax: 713-526-3632
Address: Tweeter
5310 Kirby Dr.
Houston, TX 77005




Houston - Westheimer

Store Manager: Mike Tennon
Phone: 713-781-1013
Fax: 713-789-4434
Address: Tweeter
6522 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057




Houston - FM1960

Store Manager: Ken Bigbie
Phone: 281-893-7171
Fax: 281-893-7172
Address: Tweeter
4752 FM1960 West
Houston, TX 77069



Houston - Memorial City

Store Manager: Jay Froman
Phone: 713-463-7107
Fax: 713-463-7057
Address: Tweeter
10201 Katy Frwy.
Houston, TX 77024



Houston - Katy - Fry Rd

Store Manager: Estelle Heard
Phone: 281- 398-2710
Fax: 281-398-4254
Address: Tweeter
1150 Fry Rd.
Houston, TX 77084
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#11 of 23 OFFLINE   Scott_Jua

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Posted December 10 2004 - 03:38 AM

You'll pay more at a B&M though, for little comfort when it comes to peace of mind.

Soundpros is reliable... I can't do anything else to convince anyone except say that I have dealth with them, others I know have, and here is one more person vouching for them above.

It's free (or almost) to call them and ask their policies and get some info on how warranty repairs are handled.

here's how my 45TX came shipped... doubled boxed:

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#12 of 23 OFFLINE   John Alvarez

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Posted December 10 2004 - 04:05 AM

Holy smokes....The prices are awesome...Anyone ever return or repair anything from them?

#13 of 23 OFFLINE   Scott_Jua

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Posted December 10 2004 - 04:47 AM

So far... I have not personally heard of anyone NEEDING repairs done on their Elite equipment. (KNOCK ON WOOD) ^_^

The only person I know of who had something done to an ELITE component was a Pioneer hardware update. It wasn't even officially a recall, as they sent him a courtesy letter stating the nature of a potential problem and where to take it locally for service. This was either a 20 or 30 series Elite receiver from a few years ago. He registered the receiver with Pioneer when he bought it from Soundpros and honoring the warranty period was no problem with Pioneer.

That's about all I know...

perhaps someone else has some experience...???

#14 of 23 OFFLINE   Scott_Jua

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Posted December 10 2004 - 04:48 AM

I'm not affiliated with them in any way, but I believe in supporting good vendors when I can.

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Posted December 10 2004 - 02:59 PM

My only problem with buying a front end piece like a receiver online is, if it needs work, you could be SOL. First of all, Pioneer strctly prohibits any online sales of it's Elite line, read NO warranty. Roll the dice with an online company. Sound Pro's seems like a decent company but will they be in business a year and a half from now?..Ya just don't know..Now for me, if something happens to my Elite receiver, i drop it off at Tweeter, i get a loaner, and wait with peace of mind to pick it up. I just had to bring my Sony S9000ES DVD/SACD player in for repair under warranty..four years after i purchased it. I got an Elite DV45A DVD player as a loaner.. Two weeks later, my 9K is back in the rack. Buying online has it's pluses and minus's.. A few extra dead presidents is worth it too me. YMMV.
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#16 of 23 OFFLINE   Scott_Jua

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Posted December 10 2004 - 06:05 PM

True True...

Pros and cons guys...

You have either choice. Do a little looking into both, and go with your gut. I have no problem with online for a receiver... a TV is another matter. But peace of mind is something else entirely. Once I was convinced I had enough peace of mind in my decision to buy online, then it was all about price. ^_^

Let us know what you end up going with, it will be interesting to see how our input has affected your decision making process.

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Posted December 12 2004 - 11:45 PM

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Pioneer strctly prohibits any online sales of it's Elite line, read NO warranty.

How do I find out which makers warranty on line purchases? I was looking at the 59TXi and it's almost half on line.

#18 of 23 OFFLINE   James Phung

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Posted December 13 2004 - 02:01 AM

I don't believe there are any authorized online sellers of the Pioneer Elite line. You have to buy Elites from local authorized dealers.

#19 of 23 OFFLINE   John Alvarez

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Posted December 13 2004 - 02:58 AM

What about other makers? I was also looking at the Onkyo and Yamaha.

#20 of 23 OFFLINE   Jody C Robins

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Posted December 13 2004 - 06:29 AM

Well my dad ended up getting it at Tweeters fro $1000. For him, the peace of mind was worth the extra $200. I can't really blame him. For a DVD player or something, I don't think it would be a big deal. But for $800, you want to make sure it is under warantee. Anyway, thanks to everyone for the input. I'm looking forward to getting over there and helping him set it up.
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