First 72 hour impressions on my VSX-52
Got off to a rocky start. First, my devices connected to it: receiver plugged into port of a repeater for network connectivity. HTPC using Sandy Bridge video via HDMI, and Directv satellite box via HDMI, plugged into receiver, out to 55" Vizio LCD (does not have HDMI CEC control).
First thing I did was turn off HDMI control in the receiver due to all the issues Ive read int he thread. Ran MCACC without incident. Made no tweaks or other adjustments. Was having a network issue (not getting a DHCP IP address), couldnt get that resolved. Was getting audio, but no video from satellite box. Tried using a different HDMI port (using port 1 for sat TV box, port 2 for HTPC) no luck. Also couldnt get the GUI to come up. Tried a different HDMI port on the TV. No luck. Finally ended up calling Pioneer support who, after some troubleshooting, suggested I have a bad receiver.
(insert cuss words here as Ive been at this for a couple of hours now)
Decided what the hell, and did a factory reset and started over. This time didnt turn HDMI control off. Re-ran MCACC, got the GUI, all was well. After another hour, all was up and running. After a couple of hours, tweaked the high end attenuation a bit, as it was a little bright.
Since then, all is awesome. Watched Killer Elite last night, and really pleased with the sound. Having listened to about 10 hours of music, I may end up flattening out the EQ on all channels manually...we'll see. Internet radio is frikkin awesome! GUI leaves a bit to be desired, but its audio, right? My wife is pinay so she was very happy to get filipino radio stations at home lol. Dunno why I never set this up on my HTPC before. Meh oh well. Got it now.
Only issue so far...even though I have set my receiver to be the last turned on device in my Harmony, theres still a 4-10 sec delay in getting video when switching sources. Not sure why. Also not sure why HDMI control hasnt given me much of an issue as its been a common theme in the thread...but it hasnt. If it works, dont break it right?
All in all VERY pleased. My last receiver didnt upconvert to 1080p so Im very impressed with the 52's video engine as Im normally pretty picky about picture.
My system: Yamaha RX-A3060, Emotiva XPA-2, Salk Song3, Salk Songcenter RT, Polk FXiA6, Rythmik FV15HP, Intel i7 HTPC running JRiver Media Center