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  1. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    The door by itself would not look right on a 1014TX since the Elite 52TX has a Piano Black finish and the 1014TX has a brushed finish. You'd have to replace the entire front face plate. I'm not sure if you can get the front face plate without the screen as well which could make it an expensive part.
  2. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    Are you having trouble w/ DTS during the main movie (after you've selected DTS in the menus and played the film) or just in the menus before you get to the main film? If it's just in the menus then most DVDs are authored w/ 2ch audio for the menus and once you select DTS and play the movie it...
  3. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    Did you make sure Aut-MCACC had been run on both units using the same speakers? I have a feeling this would make more difference in a demo than the surround modes.
  4. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    I would keep your SPL meter around to double check the auto-mcacc readings on channel level if you change speakers or move stuff around. It's also useful for doing frequency sweeps if you ever add any kind of EQ for your subwoofer like a bfd (just make sure to use the frequency/spl correction...
  5. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    Luckily Pioneer is much more lenianton warranty work w/ their standard line as opposed to the Elite line. Walk in to an authorized Pioneer repair center w/ a sales receipt and they'll do the work. I was even able to get Pioneer to do warranty work on something I purchased on eBay w/ no original...
  6. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    The rated power outputs of these two receivers are similar, but actual output will be a fair amount different. An older model Pioneer VSX-D850S tested around 75w x 5 and it used the same 6ch hybrid amplification that the current 914 uses. The 1014TX uses 7ch discrete mosfet amplification and was...
  7. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    The 1014TX has analog but no phono inputs. That said, you can pick up Phono Pre-Amps that convert Phono to Line Level for as little as $15. The 2805 is a great receiver and comparable to the 1014TX but I don't think the 2805 is nearly as great a value. Its tested power was around 80 watts per...
  8. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    I use a Pronto 1000 and it does a great job. It learned every command w/out a hitch (most carried over from my Elite 43TX that was replaced). After going to a computer programable LCD remote I wouldn't ever want to go back to a hard button remote. The felxibility is simply amazing.
  9. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    I listen at anywhere from -30 to -15db and -10db is as loud as i ever go. I'm in a 14' x 20' room w/ 89db sensitivity speakers. Its measuring system is slightly different than my older Elite 43TX which i never raised above -20db.
  10. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    I'm sure it'll be replaced by J&R. There are a few bad units for any model/brand. I would wait til the problem is rectified before you pass such harsh judgement.
  11. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    There's a pretty good chance any Pioneer service center will work on it on a carry in as long as you have a sales receipt w/ date on it. They are MUCH more leniant on standard Pioneer items compared to Pioneer Elite. I was even able to get Pioneer to write me a letter to take in to a service...
  12. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    I currently own a receiver worth about $450 (what i paid). I started out w/ a receiver that i paid $300 for 2 years and 9 month ago. My net cost is kess than if i'd kept the 810s until it had very little resale value and then bought the 1014TX. Experimentation is part of it, and getting...
  13. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    I had the 810s for only 4 months. From the 810 to the 811 was a lateral move, but I was able to do it for next to nothing and it added PLII. I had the 811s for 4 months as well. 811 to 1803 was again a laterial move but I was able to help a friend in the process and it only cost me about $50 and...
  14. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    $399 is indeed a great price, but for the same money or less online you can get the 1014TX which in my opinion is a better unit, most definitely on features, and marginaly on power (both put out plenty).
  15. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    What was the costco 1012K deal? I got my 1014TX for $445 including tax at a local B&M before they were available from all the super low price online retailers. I was able to get $425 out of my 43TX on audiogon. I still think I'd rather have the 1014TX than the 1012K because of PLIIx (not using...
  16. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    Well, I had the 810 about 5 months, the 811 for 3 months, the 1803 for 6 months, the 4ES for 5 months, the 43TX for a little over a year, and I've had the 1014TX about a month now. The frequent upgrades happened when opportunities arrised to upgrade with a minimal out of pocket cost. The most I...
  17. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    I remember my Pioneer D810. It was a great receiver at the time and a deal at $300 (and even less online). It was my first non-HTIB receiver. I got mine on valentines day 2002 at Circuit City. I only had it about 5 months before a friend offered to buy it for enough to let me purchase an 811...
  18. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    The only way you're going to make a completely impartial decision is a combination of a switch for the inputs and a switch for the outputs. Seing at that would equate to at least a $60 expenditure in unnecessary equipment I would recommend basing your decision on what you can determine based on...
  19. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    The 1014TX having only 2 component video inputs was a suprise to me when the specs were released but for me it's all I need. I use component for HD and PS2 while i use DVI for DVD. I can't forsee adding any more component devices and would probably use DVI for HD as well but my display isn't...
  20. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    The Pioneer has a midnight mode. It attenuates bass and accentuates the center channel at frequencies above the crossover point so as to make bass less disturbing and vocals easier to understand. It works well for night listening when you don't want to disturb anyone but it's not the best for an...
  21. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    There are some known problems w/ certain dish network receivers and the 1014TX not working together over digital connections. You should make sure the DVR you ordered isn't one of the models that's incompatible.
  22. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    It's definitely 34lb. My UPS shipping weight was 40lb. Did yuo order from Vanns or Onecall? I remember reading that several units shipped from one of the other were reported as having wrong shipping weights of 26lb.
  23. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    I know what the "three video lines that make hdtv" are. My 1014TX upconverts composite and s-video to component just fine. How you can say the 1014TX "doesn't have HDTV video" is beyond me since it DOES switch component video and it does at a higher bandwidth than either 1080i or 720p. You...
  24. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    The 1014TX is true 7.1 and true THX capable just the same as the 2400. It also has component upconversion like the 2400 too.
  25. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    The 1014TX has auto speaker setup just like the V2400. The 2400 has more channels of EQ but it's been known to introduce phase issues when doing room-eq. The ExpressVU/Bishnet incompatible is unfortunate.
  26. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    The remote isn't backlit but it seems logicly laid out to me. It learns well and has alot of preprogrammed codes. I use a Pronto for all my remote needs but I wouldn't have any problem using the 1014's remote for everything if need be.
  27. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    The 1014TX (and all the Elite models) have the ability to use the surround back amps to bi-amp speakers that are compatible. Keep in mind that bi-amping w/ 2 channels of 100w each is NOT the same as 200w going to the speakers. Each channel is receiving a full range signal and the speaker's...
  28. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    The only difference in the 1014TX and the 52TX is the gloss black & gold letters vs. the brushed black aluminum & silver letters. I don't see how you can think one is THAT ugly and the other is THAT good looking just because of the color combo when both are still black.
  29. Stephen Hopkins

    how good is the pioneer VSX-1014 going to be compared to the elite.....

    That sounds like a great HD DVR. What cable service do you have and in what area? I'm going to look in to this unit through Comcast in Smyrna, GA tomorrow.
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