The SC55 is actually a Futureshop rebrand Pioneer SC1526K
Sorry for posting this as urgent especially sinse I am a newbie to this forum. I bought a Denon 3312 from Futureshop, I upgraded from a Pioneer VSX919ah-k, quite a huge upgrade.
I will get straight to the point, I have another 20 days or so to decide if I want to keep the denon or swap it for another receiver. The futureshop I deal with has one Pioneer SC1526 left and they are switching to this years models so they want to get rid of it. I paid 899 for the Denon and they are asking 1099 for the Pioneer receiver. They did/do not have either receiver set up to demo. In your guys/gals humble opinion would the pioneer be an upgrade? Would it be worth the extra $200.00? I am lookign for a little more power to my mains and the extra 2 channels would be nice for a second zone. By the way, I did find my old pioneer a little bright with my polk speakers, I am sure that the SC would be better though??
Okay so the long story if you care to read:
I really do like the denon, but the pioneer has a few features I would like that the denon does not have. The Pioneer has 9 channels running at 140 watts a piece instead of the Denon 7 running at 125 a piece (I picked up the pioneer and it has a good few pounds on the denon even though they are class D amps). The pioneer is also quite a bit nicer looking (Wife factor, must keep her happy).
The Denon has Audyssey and the pioneer has MCACC. Even though I used MCACC for a long time I think that the Audyssey does a much better job. This could just possibly be because the Denon is a much better receiver then my old pioneer so it sounds way better. The one thing I liked about MCACC is I could program 6 different memories in it and switch depending on what I was listening to / where i was sitting, is this even possible with the denon?
The Denon also sounds nice and warm with my main polk speakers. If I listen to 2 channel music with the crossover set at 60hz the amp actually produces quite a bit of bass through my polk speakers (my old pioneer did not even move the woofers), I do however run my little polk 10" sub when listening to 2 channel music to handle the bass between 35 and 60hz.
I would like to run a 7 channel system in my home theater room and run a stereo pair of cables up to my living room for music there. I also would like to be able to control the music (song list / volume) from my Ipod / ipad which works flawlessly on the Denon. I am afraid of switching to the pioneer and not being happy and having to switch back to the Denon, I also don't want to sit here wondering what if the pioneer was better everytime I listen to my stereo? I am hoping that I will have this receiver for 5 years (bought the 5 year FS replacement warrenty) before upgrading it again so I want to be happy with it. (I am happy with it BTW... Not sure if I would be happIER with the pioneer)
If I do decide to stay with the Denon I would eventually end up getting 2 Stereo amps, one for the zone 2 pre amps to run upstairs and one for my mains to give a bit more head room and a little bit more snap to the bass (The RTI 10's can handle 300 watts each). I would have to get these after I upgrade my surrounds though.
If I do end up getting the 2 additional amps of course I would have to get a pair of RTI-A9's for the home theater and move the RTI-10's upstairs. Alternatively a pair of Lsi 9's on fancy speaker stands would also look good in the living room. AHHHH Upgradeitis! IT IS A DISEASE!
P.S. Do not laugh at my Surround speakers (lol) they used to be my mains and have been rotated to surround duty until I get a pair of FXI-A4's or RTI-A3's... that is a question for another day though. I know the FXI's would be better for movies but I also listen to a lot of concert Blu rays, and I want to get an SACD player.
TV - Samsung 50" plasma
Receiver - Denon 3312
Mains - Polk RTI 10
Center - Polk CSI A4
Surrounds - Sony SS-F7000
Subs 1 - Velodyne EQMax 12
Sub 2 - Polk Audio PSW 10
BD - Sony BDP S350
Play station 2
Edit: Added some more hardware to my sig.