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Pioneer Elite owners - reliability of 56TXi ?


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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   DaveBlairW

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Posted May 03 2005 - 11:58 AM

A local authorized Pioneer Elite dealer is offering a good deal on the Elite 56TXi receiver.

The specs for the 56TXi would lead one to believe it should be a robust design with very good sonics. But, a competing dealer shared some critical thoughts on the Elite receivers - especially the reliability and longevity of these Pioneer designs.

I could use all the objective input possible from both current and past owner of Elite receivers. What are the strong points here? What specific issues did you experience, if any, with reliability of the Elite receivers?

#2 of 12 OFFLINE   Kevin. W

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Posted May 03 2005 - 01:19 PM

None, still going strong. You have a 2yr warranty on the unit(3yr in Canada) and if your worried you could always buy an extended warranty, which may run you $50 for piece off mind. These units are built like a tank. If you got http://www.pioneerel....231241,00.html you find a link to a pdf review of the unit. The only gripe the reviewer had was the weight and size of the unit.

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#3 of 12 OFFLINE   Wayne Ernst

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Posted May 03 2005 - 03:08 PM

These are very solid receivers. It seems like the dealer in question might have a bone to pick with Pioneer, which led to the comments.
"My reality check ... just bounced"

#4 of 12 OFFLINE   Ron T

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Posted May 03 2005 - 11:01 PM

They don't sound as good as a NAD or or Arcam but they are reliable.

#5 of 12 OFFLINE   DerrikW

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Posted May 04 2005 - 07:20 AM

Like everybody already mentioned, they are very reliable and built like a tank.

The dealer probably didnt' sell PE so he was talking them down to try to get you to buy one of his. Dealers have a tendency to do that.

#6 of 12 OFFLINE   skip marr

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Posted May 04 2005 - 08:43 AM

Ron T

Tell me more about NAD and Arcam. Personal experience? HT or music, or both? What speakers do you recommend?

Thanks

#7 of 12 OFFLINE   EarleD

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Posted May 04 2005 - 11:20 AM

Ive had my 56TXi for about 4 months now. Never a problem. SOunds great with my Klipsch speakers.

My biggest gripe is the remote, a receiver thats lists for $1500 should come with a good universal remote. I actually use my Comcast remote as my main remote. It controls the volume of the reciever as well as the TV and of course changing channels.

#8 of 12 OFFLINE   Marcelo T

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Posted May 05 2005 - 02:54 AM

I had a Elite 24tx. Went dead after 2 1/2 years of use Posted Image.

#9 of 12 OFFLINE   ChrisHeflen

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Posted May 05 2005 - 03:47 AM

Have one from '94. Never an issue with it.
Have three friends with them 35tx,(2)and 36tx 2-1/2 yrs. no problems.

Not as good as Mark Levinson though. Posted Image

#10 of 12 OFFLINE   Kevin. W

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Posted May 05 2005 - 09:34 AM

Quote:
They don't sound as good as a NAD or or Arcam but they are reliable.


And your reasoning is??

Kevin

#11 of 12 OFFLINE   cacu

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Posted May 08 2005 - 01:56 PM

I have the Elite 45TX for about 2 years now. Works great for movies. Never a problem. I have dedicated speakers for stereo music and looking to find a stereo pre-amp.

Conlusion, Elite 45TX great for movies so so for music. Although it was pretty good going up against the Lexicon DC-2 which I'd owned for about 6 months. I would say it was about 9/10 compared to the Lexicon DC-2 V4.0 for music.

#12 of 12 OFFLINE   raymond caputo

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Posted May 08 2005 - 02:29 PM

please bear in mind that when someone states that a receiver or speakers or whatever sound better or are better...it is ONLY their opinion....i also have that receiver and am more then thrilled with it...its a very user friendly solid receiver....compare and review a few and make up your own mind..