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Pionner Elite Receiver Help ... (VSX-52 3D) Some feedback, please?


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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   mrmarchese

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Posted October 19 2011 - 06:29 AM

I found a Pioneer Elite VSX-52 3D receiver for $650 including shipping .. Was wondering if there is anyone whose familiar w/ Pioneer's Elite brand .. Or if anyone had any comments about this receiver (or possibly hasused this receiver) ? --- Would you recommend something else for the price? --- Looks pretty nice, although i've been out of the home theater loop for a while =/ Any opinions are GREATLY appreciated! Thanks! ..Matt

#2 of 3 OFFLINE   xmagoo190

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Posted October 19 2011 - 09:54 AM

Check your local BB store for open box items. I found a SC-35 for $710 in mint condition and a Marantz 6005 for $490.

#3 of 3 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted October 19 2011 - 12:26 PM

Second the BB recommendation but my local store is out of last years open boxes. I got the last one! A mint SC-35 for $649 :P. Last years similar vsx-32 was a knock-off of the standard Pioneer 1120 plus a few small things. I bet the vsx 52 is a close cousin to the 1121 But I haven't confirmed it. I did buy last years vsx-32 about a year ago but for some reason I didn't care too much for it. Sold it on Audiogon. I also had a 94 txh at the same time and maybe the comparison wasn't fair. I have since bought a 23 txh and for some reason I really like it! Sounds as good to me as the SC-35 I just picked up. I think the 1121/vsx-52 are fine receivers but I wouldn't pay Elite money for the 40 or 50. Anything less than the 52 and stick with the Pioneer models. Others to consider are the Denon 2112/2312, Onkyo 709 and Marantz 5006. But remember, you can save a bunch by buying last years models (like the H/K 2600 for under $400) http://www.bhphotovi...V_Receiver.html or factory refurbs from ac4l.com or Dakmart.com. I strongly urge that you buy from an authorized dealer to protect the warranty. Authorized dealers are listed on each brands website.
"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.