From all my contacts over the years with Chris Walker, formerly Pioneer's home audio manager (now with ELAC
), Pioneer will not give up their approach to using a global single crossover. According to him, Pioneer's audio engineers place a high priority on preserving phase integrity and they felt multiple Xovers would degrade that.
Never say never, especially being owned by Onkyo, but....they haven't changed yet!
As far as this model is concerned, this long-time Pioneer Elite fan(boy) - me - thinks this is close to perfect but I am very disappointed that it looks like Pioneer dropped the USB-DAC, multichannel analog inputs (for the 2nd time - last year they put them back but dropped them again this year) and I can find no mention of other long-time features on their website - 192Khz-32 bit audio upscaling being one.
Maybe some of them are really there but they are missing from the specs with a "---" next to the feature.
And I know Denon is doing this as well, but this move to power ratings at 1% THD, 1 ch driven, is lame - for all mfgs using it or other 1 ch driven derivative, I give them a raspberry. Still, Pioneer's class D amps will come closer to giving larger power than class A/B types but it's still a lame way to rate AVRs IMHO. I know it's the 11 channels that's behind this but trying to disguise physics isn't going to convince an informed audio fan. A casual BB buyer, yes and that is the sad truth of it - people are impressed by a larger number even if it's a meaningless one.
Those that still may remember me as an an active poster in Pioneer threads, I still have my SC-09TX, the most powerful HT AVR made
and an SC-68. While I've have made progress to putting in an Atmos setup by installing overheads, I still have an AVR-prepro to buy and have held off for nearly 2 yrs until all the pieces were in place for Atmos-dts-x-4K UHD.
I've strongly considering the Marantz 8802A, but I would strongly add this new Pioneer to my list IF only it had multichannel analogs in's. I wish Pioneer hadn't dropped them. I may be in a minority but I do need them if I am to ever replace my SC-09TX. So sadly I have to pass on the SC-LX901.