- Feb 23, 2000
if you have a z1 or 5803, or separates that are within the last 2 years, this offers no reason to upgrade...Hell, if you have the DSP-A1, RX-V1, or RX-Z1, why would you upgrade? Flagship receivers have a long life in my opinion. If you need to upgrade, and want everything you can possibly get in a receiver, the RX-Z9 is definitely one to consider. It's got some features you just won't find elsewhere. Now whether or not it's worth the $1600 premium over the RX-V1 is another question.
It may not be perfect, but it's definitely no worse than the competition. I think it's a stretch to call it poorly designed or a failure if it only lacks one feature that a small minority of people can use.