This is my first post.
I ordered a pioneer receiver VSX-9040TXH from jr.com (total $475) and it is arriving tomorrow.
After doing some research, there is not a whole lot of information on the 9040, and it looks like the following are differences between the 9040 and 21:
From Pioneer website:
Suggested price: $800
They look very identical in specifications. I cannot tell a lot of difference except that
1. The 9040 is 1 year warranty while the 21 is 2 years warranty.
2. The 21 has golden inscription ELITE
Are there any other differences either in product build, or feature set or performance, support anything at all? Is the quality control the same on the manufacture of both?
I called pioneer 2 times and they said pretty much the same points I have mentioned above both times.
Additionally, one time, they said the Elite probably has higher quality parts inside (they did not say anything specific).
The credit card that I used to buy the 9040 issues Extended Warranty for 1 additional year, so I have the 2 year warranty on the 9040 as well.
After reading through other posts in this forum also, there are +ve reviews about 9040, but overall, in the internet, there is not a whole lot of information.
Overall, I am confused if I should continue with this purchase or not: I have the option to reject the UPS package tomorrow, in which case I do not have to pay shipping back if I decide to return it later on.
While the Elite may be better, would the life of the components in the 9040 be worse than other non-Elite receivers (say the 1019)?
I'd like to make up my mind by tomorrow so that if I decide to go with the 9040, I do not have to order it again.
Could I get some help please in making this decision: to go with the 9040 or not? If 9040 owners provide some feedback, that would be great.