Originally Posted by Supermestizo
I wondering if this new Pioneer receiver, SC-57 is as powerful as SC-37 was/is?
And does it still sound like Pioneer?, neutral and correct?
I own SC-37 (SC-LX83 in Europe), but thinking of upgrade it with this new SC-57 if it is as powerful as SC-37 and it sounds god
or even better?
My speakers are B&W CM-series, with CM9 as frontspeakers, B&W speakers are powerhungry. I really liked the option to bi-amp frontspeakers AND surround or frontspeakers AND centerspeaker!
The SC-57 may not sound like God, but every indication (and at this point, only Filmmixer's word) points to these sounding as good, if not better.
An advantage of this receiver is, obviously, the 9.2 channel output. As such, more channels can be biamped (that is correct, correct?). The Sc-55/57 manual (page 14 or 15)
states pretty clearly all of the biamping configurations. Note: The SC-55 does not support
these, only the 57.
Originally Posted by FilmMixer
That comes from the display, not the AVR.
And only if the display supports it.
I see; either way, it is neither functional (doesn't give decibel readings) nor graphically pretty.
Originally Posted by FilmMixer
I would never speak for Chris or Pioneer, but such a request would be fairly complex and expensive, and a good solution already exists..
What good solution would this be?
Originally Posted by DavidPotter
I'm sure there is something I'm missing, but the receiver already does this when you set the audio mode to Stereo or Mono, for example. At least that is my experience with my Denon AVR-5600, the flagship unit from Denon from the late '90s. What I'd like is to have it honor the output audio mode for each zone by performing the requisite down- or up-mixing as appropriate. I could then set the audio mode for zone 2 or zone 3 to Stereo and be confident that whatever source signal has been specified will be presented in stereo for that zone while still being presented in (e.g.) Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS Master Audio in zone 1.
Like I said, I'm sure there is something I'm missing.
Thanks for listening.David
EDIT: Restricting the up-mixing to comply with HDCP licensing makes sense to me. Would there really be problem with down-mixing, however, particularly to Stereo?
If I'm not mistaken, it only outputs the L/R channels of the 5.1 source in the second and third zone while still outputting the 5.1 in the main zone. That said, I very well may be wrong. I only use additional zones for completely different sources (e.g. outdoor music).
Chris: For the record, I don't personally care about HD-radio, as I think there are enough options for higher quality audio; however, and I'm sure you know this, depending on how much it costs to implement (and I wouldn't assume that cost to be too dramatic) it might win sales by the "spec-sheet buyers". Also, I strongly believe in the importance of having an updated flagship; many of those flagship users buy other, somewhat lower quality, receivers by the same MFR for redundancy and alternate viewing rooms in the house (or at least some friends of mine do).