I finally have my receiver set-up and calibrated. In case anyone else is considering this unit I thought I would post some impressions/observations.
There are some things that disappoint me. I’ll start off with what I don't like about this receiver:
- The remote is very inadequate. The buttons are very small and it's hard to read the functions. Hands down this is probably the worse remote I've ever used. I'll be happy when I get my smart remote programmed.
- The receiver didn't come with a printed copy of an operating manual. The PDF on the supplied CD is adequate but a paper copy would have been nice. Additionally, the instructions are open to a lot on interpretation. Making connections is simple enough to figure out but the functionality of the features could have been simplified and explained better.
- None of the connectors are gold plated like they were on my B&K, the volume and function knobs feel somewhat cheap.
Now for what I really like about this AVR.
1. Sound quality is very good with music and movies. I'm bi-amping my Paradigm studio fronts. The dynamic range is very good and I would describe the sound as "crisp" with-out being thin. Even right out of the box I thought it sounded really good. I may even prefer the sound to that of my B&K, but it’s hard to say with-out being able to do a side by side comparison.
2. Picture quality is superb! I have my Satellite/DVR/BD player connected via HDMI through the receiver and the picture is stellar on my Panny 1080P Plasma. Pass through works great, although it took me a little bit to figure out how to get the signal to “pass through” with the unit turned off.
3. MCACC- I did use the advanced MCACC for my speaker calibration and was pleased with the results. I still used my SPL meter and calibration disk to "tweak". Doing it the old fashion way was more fun but I'm not so sure I gained any improvement over the MCACC settings.
4. COOL- This thing runs surprisingly cool, after about 4 hours of continous use this morning the top barely felt warm. You could fry an egg on my old B&K if you needed to.
In the two most important areas for an AVR to excel (Sound and Video), this Pioneer definitely does just that. I haven't used the DLNA yet and I have yet to connect the receiver to my LAN, but will when I get more time. I'll provide updates as I utilize more features.
So far I’m very happy with my purchase!
Edited by greggor, April 20 2013 - 12:06 PM.