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#1 of 7 Steve>JF

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Posted March 22 2006 - 11:57 AM

I have the ability to purchase a brand new Pioneer VSX-1014-S receiver for $199 shipping free, no tax. I know it is not the latest model (there is a VSX-1015), but the price seems pretty good. It will be used mostly for home theater, not music. I'm comparing it to the Yamaha HTR-5850 I can get for $299. The Yamaha is XM radio ready, but I am not interested in XM radio. Should I get the Pioneer, or pay a little more for Yamaha or something else? Thanks for the advice in advance!
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#2 of 7 gene c

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Posted March 22 2006 - 12:41 PM

I have a 1014 and while it didn't quite live up to all the hype (how could it), it's still a nice avr, especially at $199. Pro's: Lots of features, good build quality, adequate power output and a nice remote. Con's: not very "musical", video up-conversion produced noticable lines on the screen, MCACC came up with some strange numbers, not as powerful as expected (but powerful enough), no 8 channel input button on the remote (man am I lazy). The right/front channel was also a little less powerful than the left. If music was your main focus I'd say look elsewhere, though the "Advanced Music" mode helps. For a movie based setup, the 1014 is a very good in-expensive choice. Sorry, but I've yet to spend any quality time with a Yamaha, but I'm sure someone who has will chime in.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.
 
 

 


#3 of 7 Leigh_M

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Posted March 22 2006 - 02:09 PM

I have the yamaha RX-V630 and Pioneer 1014. The yamaha is much better with music and, IMHO, better with movies. The pioneer did do a better job with TV (go figure!). At $199, I might still consider the pioneer if it were mainly for movies.

#4 of 7 Andy_A

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Posted March 23 2006 - 05:30 AM

At that price it is a no-brainer. In fact, let me know if you don't buy it and I will..

#5 of 7 Steve>JF

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Posted March 25 2006 - 01:22 PM

Thanks for the help, all. I thonk I'm going to get the Pioneer. I can't pass it up at the price, even if I find it really isn't that good of a receiver.
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#6 of 7 JeremyErwin

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Posted March 25 2006 - 02:49 PM

It used to be very popular on these forums. A passing fad?

#7 of 7 gene c

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Posted March 25 2006 - 05:33 PM

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A passing fad?
Apparently so. But when it first came out it offered allot of features at a very good price. Then other brands finally got around to offering comparable models for about the same money. Add to that expectations that were a bit out of line with reality, and a sound only it's mother could love (calm down, I'm only kidding. Man I'm going to get allot of hate mail for that one :b ) and the 1014/1015 has become the forgotten step-child. Still, there's allot to like about them. And $199 is a very good price indeed.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.