Originally Posted by totalownership
Well to answer the OP's original question my Pioneer receivers work just fine for me for gaming. I play , at this time , almost exclusively racing games on the PC but there was a time not to long ago ( a few months ago ) where I was strictly playing xbox and a few PS3 titles. My Pioneers performed admirably for all applications so far.
Don't know if you're looking for more specific information. Windows was able to detect and recognize my receivers if that's any help. I don't have the monster receivers you have though. I have a measly VSX-819H and VSX 1018AH
Thanks for the reply. Actually I don't currently own a "monster" receiver, just a mere Yamaha RX-V371, which was their last year's bottom of the line. It doesn't even have calibration software. The main one I'm considering is the Pioneer Elite VSX-60.
To be more specific, with my Yamaha I can with games choose Action Game or Role Playing Game in the presets, and they each offer a bit different sound. Action Game is where I leave it for gaming though. It accentuates all the key sounds in an action game, be it weapons, cars you drive, effects, and it also plays dialog plenty distinctly.
I assume with a Pioneer I'll have to leave it in the Auto Surround mode to detect whatever audio format is being decoded. Most games use Dolby Digital as far as I know. When I put my Yamaha in one of the game modes though it switches to Dolby Pro Logic II Game. On my friend's Pioneer VSX-822, none of the alternate preset surround modes are acceptable. They all sound far too echo laden. I was warned of this by a salesman I'd talked to long ago, so I wasn't surprised.
So my other questions would be:
1. Do you typically leave it in Auto Surround mode for games?
2. Do you ever have a problem with dialog playing in the front vs center channel in games?
3. Which audio format do your games usually play in, for instance Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, etc?
4. Do you ever have a problem with too much echo or positional audio not transitioning well from one speaker to another?
Other questions not related to gaming:
1. Have you been able to get the display to always show the decoded audio format in large fonts, and if so, how?
2. If you have a net model or are connected to a PC, can you switch audio modes when playing content off the HDD or the net, for instance 5.1, 2.1 2.0, etc.
All these options I have with my Yamaha, and they are very easy to select and use without confusion.