does Magnolia carry the VSX 53? If so, could it be that BB deems the 1121 too close in comparison and would eat away at Magnolia's sales? Just a thought
Yes the Magnolia Home Theater Best Buys sell's all of the Elite's.
I don't think that Best Buy cares which receivers sell more than another, they have their profit margins worked in.I wonder if it isn't more about the Rhapsody Firmware Update!
Best Buy saying to Pioneer, "Once you have these coming out of the Factory with the Software Firmware already updated, then we will Gladly accept them for Sale!"
These scenarios....Worried Best Buy..
1) Best Buy thinking that people will purchase a new receiver, take it home only to find out that they need to do a Firmware Update,
freak out and bring it back to Best Buy for return or for them to do it, and then Best Buy end's up with a lot of discounted "Open Box" Sales!
2) The customer tries to use Rhapsody only to discover that it does not work and again bring them back to the store!
Best Buy tries to tell them that a simple Firmware update is needed, customer unhappy that they were not told this from the beginning!
Upset customer and or another Open Box Problem for Best Buy!
3) The "customers" do not know about the update unless they go to the Pioneer website, there is nothing inside the box about it,
Best Buy does not want to try selling a receiver by first telling a customer that they need to do a firmware update when they get home!
Plus lets be honest, the update is not easy for someone that is not computer friendly.
You need to download it from the Pioneer website as a Zip file, you then need to Un-Zip it or Extract the Software to a USB Thumb drive so that just the Software is on the USB drive.
Then follow the directions and update the firmware by inserting the USB Drive and following the GUI to Firmware Update.
For you and I it may be very easy but I know and probably you too, plenty of people that would be lost trying to do this!
ALL Scenario's have Best Buy getting stuck in the middle!
At least with a fully Updated receiver the Scenarios above are not a problem and the customer can get home with a Fully Working receiver!!
It's a Win Win, the customer likes the receiver and Best Buy! Image is Everything!
I could fully understand Best Buy Corporate deciding that once these Firmware changes are up to date they will put them back on the shelves!
The Firmware came out July 12th, I am sure that Pioneer can begin shipping to Best Buy as soon as the updated units are finally shipping!
If they have not already!
I guarantee that the Pioneer VSX 1121's as well as ALL Rhapsody included receivers that you can finally purchase from Best Buy,
will be completely up to date with no Firmware update needed.
Mark my words!
They also sold out of their VSX 52 and VSX 53's waiting for the newer Updated units.
Go to the Best Buy Website and you will see "Unavailable" everywhere! When you finally see "Available" they will have received their updated receivers!
I got the last VSX 53 in all of upstate NY and I searched from PA to Buffalo to Syracuse NY it was Unavailable everywhere but DeWitt BB in Syracuse!
As far as On-Line Sales..Think about it...If you purchase On-Line it is much tougher to return the receiver!
With Best Buy local, you can just get in your car and take it back!
I Bet that's exactly what is going on here!
When you go back to BB and they are again available they will be putting a simple spin on it (for Sales) that there was just a simple Firmware Update needed!
Which was performed and these are the latest Up to date receivers working perfectly for you to take home!
The Rhapsody change making Pioneer have to update their receivers Firmware just came with terrible timing!
Right when Pioneer is finally shipping their New receivers, Rhapsody decides to change their software...
I bet that their were some harsh words from Pioneer and other receiver manufacturers to Rhapsody!
I would appreciate it if Best Buy would just be honest and tell me this...
That there is an Updated Firmware that is needed due to Rhapsody and it is on the Pioneer website for download..BUT..
If you feel uncomfortable doing this, then no worries because we have new units that are coming, that will have the Update already performed.
But even that dialog probably scares them, they worry how we will take it.
So it's easier to trash Pioneer saying that there are numerous problems that the factory is working on!
Which would you like to be told? The truth or the Trash! LOL!
Sorry this is so long.....Later,