Has anyone checked with Pioneer to find out if there is a firmware update for the HDMI system? It should not matter that this is an entry-level model receiver since the HDMI system itself is at its heart just a standardized switching/signal transfer system, accent on "standardized", just like the analog RCA phono jack system, the Toslink optical digital signal transfer system, etc.
It's been a long day playing with my VSX-521k and I'm having a few problems that I just cannot figure out.
Firstly, the bass seems almost non-existent. The auto-calibration recommended that I set my speakers to small (they are not small imo, Polk M30 rears and M20 fronts and a csi100). Is this the default setting, or is this the result of the calibration? I have read that people put the subwoofer setting to, "plus" but I cannot do this unless I change my speakers to the, "large" setting.
The receiver's clarity is a noticeable difference from my old denon (in a good way), but the bass just isn't there.
Secondly, I am having big problems playing Battlefield 3. Sometimes during the gameplay, the screen will start to get VERY fuzzy and distorted and then cut out intermittently. At this time the audio will be crystal clear. It is purely a video thing. This does not happen with netflix or TV and I have tried a few other games and there were no problems (but I did not play them as long as BF3). I watched many episodes of 30 rock on netflix with no problems, and only played BF for maybe 30 minutes and ran into this frequently.
I have ordered a couple of new hdmi 1.4 cables to determine whether or not it is a cable issue. There is a possibility that I have missed a setting or something.
Overall, I like it so far, but this problem with BF3 has really thrown a wrench into it. I also do not like how bass-lite it is.
Hopefully We/I can figure these things out!
Thanks for reading,
(not sure if this is important, but I have my Advanced Surround set to , "Pure Direct". Is this the optimal setting?)
A couple of points. The "large" setting for your speakers refers to their bass capability, not physical size, although most speakers that are capable of great bass response are large. Two way speakers usually do not qualify. If you have a good subwoofer, then the small setting should work better. The other point is "Pure Direct" bypasses all of your receiver's processor settings. Definitely not ideal.
Hey all and thanks for all the posts on here. Great info.
I have a question. I have 4 speakers inside and one speaker outside. Can I set this up so that the 4 speakers is the "normal" surround sound and if I want to play only outside or inside and outside I can select a different option to make the sound outside?
The 4 speakers inside are in the Front R, Front L, Surround R, and Surround L
The outside speaker is conneceted to Center on receiver.
I'm having a bunch of issues with this receiver and want to flash it back to factory settings then update the firmware. Could somebody please point me in the right direction or give me a step by step guide on how to do either? Thanks!
earlier there was discussion of this amp's 'thin' bass. I wasn't either very impressed with the bass and moreover my subwoofer (Jamo SUB 210) turned off too easily (auto power on/off). I put that suggested Y-cable to my single RCA-cable so that both inputs in sub are feeded. It seems to have a big impact at least in my case, now sub stays on all the time and the controls need not to be in the max position
It's just a generic $10 cable I got from Radio Shack. The cable is completely black, no R/W tips, and it works really well. Not entirely sure why the sub has speaker cable connectors. Maybe to help filter that sound and regulate the bass output? Just guessing. I'm a novice with this stuff by comparison to a lot of the guys on this forum.