Dilemma: Pioneer VSX-1014 or HK AVR-230?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Kean-Hock Yeap, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. Kean-Hock Yeap

    Kean-Hock Yeap Stunt Coordinator

    Oct 5, 2004
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    Posted here a couple of weeks back asking for suggestions to upgrade my receiver. Since then I have tried out an Onkyo SR-502 but returned it because it sounded too "thin" to me.

    I then went out and purchased a HK AVR-230 ($325 + tax) and a Pioneer VSX-1014TX ($350 + tax) and have tried both out playing movies as well as music (admittedly I didn't spend a lot of time on each). And now I am in a dilemma as to which one I should keep.

    I like AVR-230 better for music -- not sure how to describe it, but somehow music sounds "fuller" with the AVR-230. With the Pioneer, music sounds "thinner" or "sharper", not too different from the Onkyo that I returned.

    However, I like the Pioneer better when it comes to movies because I am able to hear more details, and umm. . . the 3D effect is more pronounced for a lack of better way to desribe it.

    Other more secondary comparisons:
    1. Pioneer has a much better remote control
    2. Pioneer has DPL IIx whereas HK does not
    3. HK has a 2-year warranty vs. 1 for the Pioneer
    4. HK is more aesthetically pleasing whereas the Pioneer looks like a tank

    I am currently using the Fluance SX-HTB 5-speaker setup without a sub, for 80% movies and 20% music. So the question is which receiver I should keep, given that the price difference for me is less than $30?

    Would appreciate any input you may have.
  2. Mike Gov

    Mike Gov Stunt Coordinator

    Oct 11, 2004
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    80% of the time you will like the Pioneer
    20% of the time you will like the HK better.

    If you do the math, Pioneer wins!!!

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