Reserved for initial comments
I finished putting in a temp setup, speaker cable, 2 players, and cable box audio. No legacy connections, they're still on the 09 which is now unplugged for now.
1st up, it'll take some time to get used to a normal AVR display again
I admit I'm very spoiled by the SC-09 Susano's LCD display
2nd up, the GUI & OSD
The OSD GUI and information has come a long
way since the SC-09. While it's a similar menu structure, it looks more flexible; things are organized cleaner.
This brings me to a bit of a rant -
Over the past several yrs, I've read many posts complaining how brand x has so much better GUI & OSD than brand y. I admit I have not compared a Denon or Onkyo but based on what I saw going thru this setup menu, I have to ask - what more do the complainers want?
The graphics for MCACC EQ and settings all look just fine to me! It's come a long
way from the B&W DOS look in the 59txi and is definitely improved over the SC-09. I suspect all the other brands also show similar improvement over the last 4 yrs
I don't need the GUI to entertain me for 10 min, I just need it to display the setup in a logical, informational & ordered fashion & the Pioneer does a fine job in this. The UI complainers must lead ADD lives. Only going to use it 1 or 2X a yr anyway - in the scheme of things, how important is it that it be all "graphical"? Rant over...
The menu is not hard to navigate or convoluted. For ANYONE familiar with Pioneer AVR's, it's a snap. Coming in cold, I had figured out the whole setup menu in <10 min. tops & had the Symmetry preset calibrated about 15 minutes later. With all the pre-assigned HDMI inputs, my input setup was EZ, didn't even bother to re-name them yet
For new owners coming from a different brand, Pioneer has the CD AV Navigator to guide you thru the process. I didn't use it - I just dove right in
But looking at it on my laptop, it's probably a nice way to get a new user started.
OSD - this may have been there with the 57 or 37 models, but for me, it's nice to see volume and other info on the TV over HDMI, something that was missing from the early SC models. I'm sure most of this is old hat to owners of the recent generations but I'm coming at it from a 4 yr old flagship.
Again, this also may be true of the 57 but so far, all the audio/video parameter menus are also visible OS when you press the remote buttons. Great!