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FarmerBob's Avatar FarmerBob 08:17 PM 04-17-2013
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I'm surprised that you had bad TS. When I used to have the 1222, I called them about my 1222 turning off on my randomly, I ended up finding one of my speaker wires were touching causing a short.
Read back a little further and you'll see there was some agreement when I first brought this up. And I was giving them credit for having a bad day. But many in a row with many people and terse replies to logical questions? That tells me there are bigger/many problems that they are getting over having to deal with. Thus the "crankiness" that I have encountered. I'm even getting a taste of it in their eMails and ones send to friends also. So . . . it's not just me. So those that have had good experiences, great. That's the way it should be. But I haven't. Usually I have a ball with most any TS and end up with direct dial numbers for any future issues. Not here.

I switched to soldered leads in banana plugs ages ago when I found a huge box in my dad's stash of Viking Lander leftovers. We're an Aerospace/Technologies family. Love 'em for the new tightly spaced speaker terminals.

SyracuseOrange's Avatar SyracuseOrange 09:18 AM 04-18-2013
MCACC question.

I've got a VTF2-MK4 sub and on it, it has the option of setting the crossover to "outside" meaning the AVR chooses the xover freq., or "inside" where there is a dial to choose the crossover frequency on the subwoofer.

Since I believe the MCACC does not calibrate the subwoofer, should I set this as "inside" and choose the crossover frequency I have set for the speakers on the subwoofer? I have this set currently to "outside" as I thought the MCACC software would account for and set the subwoofer eq/volume and what not.
Foxbat121's Avatar Foxbat121 01:57 PM 04-18-2013
MCACC calibration has nothing to do with cross over. Cross over is still being handled by the receiver in the way of cross over settings.
SyracuseOrange's Avatar SyracuseOrange 02:55 PM 04-18-2013
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MCACC calibration has nothing to do with cross over. Cross over is still being handled by the receiver in the way of cross over settings.

Oh. So it sounds like it I had it as the right setup with it being set to Outside.
alexisd's Avatar alexisd 03:21 PM 04-18-2013
Anyone have problems with the Hdmi connection ?Mine on the reciever end get loose too many times i even change the cables,end using a zip ties hope it work.
Mingus Ah Um's Avatar Mingus Ah Um 08:29 PM 04-19-2013
Does anyone know if there is an ipod dock that works with this receiver? I have the ipod cable that came with the receiver but I was hoping there was some sort of dock similar to what I used with my previous onkyo receiver.
alexisd's Avatar alexisd 09:06 PM 04-19-2013
Mine is not showing all the speaker in the front panel,but in the calibration they all there.How i can see all the speakers in the front panel of the reciever?i have a srback speakers and sr speakers.
g4s's Avatar g4s 09:43 PM 04-19-2013
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Mine is not showing all the speaker in the front panel,but in the calibration they all there.How i can see all the speakers in the front panel of the reciever?i have a srback speakers and sr speakers.
It will only show you what the input is. For example, if you're playing a stereo CD it will only show the left and right speaker indicators on the display.
eyekode's Avatar eyekode 07:19 AM 04-20-2013
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Does anyone know if there is an ipod dock that works with this receiver? I have the ipod cable that came with the receiver but I was hoping there was some sort of dock similar to what I used with my previous onkyo receiver.

I am not sure but have you tried airplay? I like this better because you keep all the control in your hand. Plus streaming services like spotify and pandora work too.
Salem
FarmerBob's Avatar FarmerBob 03:21 PM 04-20-2013
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I am not sure but have you tried airplay? I like this better because you keep all the control in your hand. Plus streaming services like spotify and pandora work too.
Salem
I have a direct connection from my computer to the 1222 that I have had for years prior to AP and am back to it since AirPlay is way too flaky. It's always cutting in an out. And when you lose the connection you have to futz with it on the computers end. Nothing to be done, or so I have seen on the receiver end. Volume control is joke, especially if you have more than just the 1222 controlled. From the 1222 back it's smooth and easy, from the PC it jumps in steps and sometimes severely loudly. And lately there is an delay/echo from the two sound sources 24 feet away from each other that is just annoying. Pausing the player use to equal it out. It now only makes it worse. I hope that there is a forthcoming FW update for the 1522 also that I have yet to unpack and install, that'll smooth it out. I'm really looking forward to using this outdoors this Summer. It'll make far more easier to program for the neighbors. Although they mostly like my selections.

But I am loving the down right audio quality. With no MCACC.
eyekode's Avatar eyekode 03:36 PM 04-20-2013
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I have a direct connection from my computer to the 1222 that I have had for years prior to AP and am back to it since AirPlay is way too flaky. It's always cutting in an out. And when you lose the connection you have to futz with it on the computers end. Nothing to be done, or so I have seen on the receiver end. Volume control is joke, especially if you have more than just the 1222 controlled. From the 1222 back it's smooth and easy, from the PC it jumps in steps and sometimes severely loudly. And lately there is an delay/echo from the two sound sources 24 feet away from each other that is just annoying. Pausing the player use to equal it out. It now only makes it worse. I hope that there is a forthcoming FW update for the 1522 also that I have yet to unpack and install, that'll smooth it out. I'm really looking forward to using this outdoors this Summer. It'll make far more easier to program for the neighbors. Although they mostly like my selections.

But I am loving the down right audio quality. With no MCACC.

Airplay works great for me. The only exception is sometimes some of my airplay speakers don't show up on all devices.

But I typically use my phone or iPad as the source. Rarely do I use iTunes. But when I do I use it from a Mac and I have never had problems with it.

I am not sure what you meant by "volume control is a joke". It is the killer feature! I don't even have to wake up my phone to change volume as the external buttons work. And I don't need to unlock my phone to skip songs as double tapping the home button gives track controls.

Salem
FarmerBob's Avatar FarmerBob 07:31 PM 04-20-2013
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. . . I am not sure what you meant by "volume control is a joke". It is the killer feature! I don't even have to wake up my phone to change volume as the external buttons work. And I don't need to unlock my phone to skip songs as double tapping the home button gives track controls.

Salem

Right now have the ability to use control from an iPad, iPhone, iPodTouch, G4 Tower, Core 2 Duo Laptop (the important one - I like being able to change the tunes and sprinkler zones at the same time) and PC laptop. When I go to change the volume, and it covers that whole house and grounds, by using one of these devices. Control from these device to the 1222 is clunky and sometimes I get no response and it moves in notches, yes in notices, not smooth ramping, the receiver instantly catches up and it's blaring. Now from the 1222's remote back, everything slides so smoothly and perfectly. So . . . I don't know. Right now I am hardwired and everything is prefect. I use an old Bluetooth Cellphone to control the main sources, whatever it may be at the moment and it works great. We did a "Tour of Duty" neighborhood yard rally this afternoon. My neighbors are so cool.

So as far as my personal experience, it's been rocky at best.
eyekode's Avatar eyekode 04:11 PM 04-26-2013
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Right now have the ability to use control from an iPad, iPhone, iPodTouch, G4 Tower, Core 2 Duo Laptop (the important one - I like being able to change the tunes and sprinkler zones at the same time) and PC laptop. When I go to change the volume, and it covers that whole house and grounds, by using one of these devices. Control from these device to the 1222 is clunky and sometimes I get no response and it moves in notches, yes in notices, not smooth ramping, the receiver instantly catches up and it's blaring. Now from the 1222's remote back, everything slides so smoothly and perfectly. So . . . I don't know. Right now I am hardwired and everything is prefect. I use an old Bluetooth Cellphone to control the main sources, whatever it may be at the moment and it works great. We did a "Tour of Duty" neighborhood yard rally this afternoon. My neighbors are so cool.

So as far as my personal experience, it's been rocky at best.

I have the same jumpy volume as well. Sending airplay to a airport express or Apple TV it is buttery smooth. I guess it just doesn't bother me. But now that you mention it... smile.gif.
Salem
cub4bearin's Avatar cub4bearin 10:30 PM 04-28-2013
are there any settings I could use for receiver to adjust volume during commercials? My god, last time it blasted in the middle of the night! Its becoming a big issue here. Thanks in advance.
MrEastSide's Avatar MrEastSide 02:56 AM 04-29-2013
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are there any settings I could use for receiver to adjust volume during commercials? My god, last time it blasted in the middle of the night! Its becoming a big issue here. Thanks in advance.

Have you tried the ALC? Basically, dynamic volume. There's a button on the remote for it. It should smooth out spikes, a bit.
rispoli's Avatar rispoli 11:22 AM 04-29-2013
New Pioneer SC-1227K (Canadian model, for who does not know already) owner. I took this receiver while my also new Onkyo 818 is on repair (after a firmware update failure bricked it entirely) and i still own a Denon 3312.
Run Auto MCACC yesterday saving 6 memories, including all the different calibrations (SYMMETRY, FRONT, ALL CH) on different listening spots. If I have to mention something I immediately liked is just this feature of calibrating for different listening spots, as indeed I use 2 of them. But other than that I have to say I am quite underwhelmed by the results vs what i obtained with Audyssey XT on the Denon and XT32 on the Onkyo. Basically the sound i got is very bass-lean if compared to the other 2, which contributes to what for now I'd qualify as a "colder" or "clinical" sound vs. the other 2 receivers in my possession. I now wonder how much this is due to the D3 amplifiers or to the MCACC calibration system.
I have read most of this thread and i still do not think of myself as knowledgeable (or adequately equipped) to fine-tuning myself the results of the auto MCACC. Is there any quick trick that anyone would suggest?
I am mostly a music listener (Jazz, downtempo electronica, acoust guitar tracks). On TV and movie listening I have to say I have notices a marked improvemement in dialogue reproduction with this Pioneer. I'd say here it is clearly a winner, in particular vs. the Denon. But, as I said, my critical listening does not happen there.
When the Onkyo is back I have to come up with a decision as which of the 2 will go back to the store. So far the Pioneer would be the one to go, but I am not sure if in a couple of weeks (that is the least the repair of the 818 will take) i will get to the same conclusion.

FWIW, I do not notice any difference in power between the 3, nor any distortion at my listening level (I live in a condo, so I cannot play as loud as I'd do if living in a detached house). I also do not notice difference in video quality.
My speakers are Polk rti-a5 front, rti-a1 surround, csi-a4 and psw110 sub.
scoobdude's Avatar scoobdude 12:16 PM 04-29-2013
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New Pioneer SC-1227K (Canadian model, for who does not know already) owner. I took this receiver while my also new Onkyo 818 is on repair (after a firmware update failure bricked it entirely) and i still own a Denon 3312.
Run Auto MCACC yesterday saving 6 memories, including all the different calibrations (SYMMETRY, FRONT, ALL CH) on different listening spots. If I have to mention something I immediately liked is just this feature of calibrating for different listening spots, as indeed I use 2 of them. But other than that I have to say I am quite underwhelmed by the results vs what i obtained with Audyssey XT on the Denon and XT32 on the Onkyo. Basically the sound i got is very bass-lean if compared to the other 2, which contributes to what for now I'd qualify as a "colder" or "clinical" sound vs. the other 2 receivers in my possession. I now wonder how much this is due to the D3 amplifiers or to the MCACC calibration system.
I have read most of this thread and i still do not think of myself as knowledgeable (or adequately equipped) to fine-tuning myself the results of the auto MCACC. Is there any quick trick that anyone would suggest?
I am mostly a music listener (Jazz, downtempo electronica, acoust guitar tracks). On TV and movie listening I have to say I have notices a marked improvemement in dialogue reproduction with this Pioneer. I'd say here it is clearly a winner, in particular vs. the Denon. But, as I said, my critical listening does not happen there.
When the Onkyo is back I have to come up with a decision as which of the 2 will go back to the store. So far the Pioneer would be the one to go, but I am not sure if in a couple of weeks (that is the least the repair of the 818 will take) i will get to the same conclusion.

FWIW, I do not notice any difference in power between the 3, nor any distortion at my listening level (I live in a condo, so I cannot play as loud as I'd do if living in a detached house). I also do not notice difference in video quality.
My speakers are Polk rti-a5 front, rti-a1 surround, csi-a4 and psw110 sub.

Open up the pioneer app on whatever device (apple, android, ipad etc) then go to emphasis -> bass mgmt then tilt your way to more or less bass. There is also the EQ as well (draw the curve you want for a quick set up). Lastly try turning your fronts to large and sub to plus. See if you like this better.
rispoli's Avatar rispoli 12:38 PM 04-29-2013
Thank you, very useful tips.

All speakers have been configured to large by MCACC, however the step of turning the sub to plus is something I have to try.
And I completely ignored that with the Android app I can do more fine tuning.
rispoli's Avatar rispoli 08:47 AM 04-30-2013
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Open up the pioneer app on whatever device (apple, android, ipad etc) then go to emphasis -> bass mgmt then tilt your way to more or less bass. There is also the EQ as well (draw the curve you want for a quick set up). Lastly try turning your fronts to large and sub to plus. See if you like this better.

Thanks for the tips. All I needed to do was to switch the center and surround to SMALL after MCACC set them as large and switch the Subwoofer to PLUS. This is the combination that gives me the best results, especially with the MCACC set to FRONT ALIGN.
I also played around with the impressive iControl Android app. Indeed lot of tweaking options through that application, nothing comparable to what Denon, Yamaha and Onkyo have to offer (although on the Onkyo I like the ability to stream your music through WiFi from within the application).

Now I will just have to wait to receive the Onkyo 818 back and compare directly the 2. I am still under the impression that I like better the sound of the Onkyo, which I recall as detailed as the Pioneer but a bit warmer and more enveloping. The first might have to do with the DAC: I know the Onkyo uses Burr Brown while I am not sure about the Pioneer. The second has to do with Audyssey XT32.
I have to agree with what everyone has said here: the customization that MCACC offers after its auto setup is what can provide an edge vs. Audyssey for many listener. In my case, i just happened to love immediately what the Onkyo XT32 did to my set of speakers and I just felt no need to alter those results. But of course nobody can tell if you'll come to the same conclusions.
morbidcorpse's Avatar morbidcorpse 09:09 AM 05-01-2013
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Thanks for the tips. All I needed to do was to switch the center and surround to SMALL after MCACC set them as large and switch the Subwoofer to PLUS
I had to do the same to achieve the best bass response. I tried setting the center to large because it has full range capability and I also thought by setting it to small, I might be losing certain details in the soundtrack, since most audio is output through the center channel, but doing so made my bass response sound smaller. I changed the center back to small and the walls were shaking again from the subs bass response. My advice, stick with the Pioneer a little longer. Allow your ears to adjust to the new sound and then, make a decision. It can be a little *cold* sounding at first, but I chalk this up, in part, to it's clarity. It really is a terrific receiver with insane amounts of power for it's price point.
rispoli's Avatar rispoli 09:42 AM 05-01-2013
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My advice, stick with the Pioneer a little longer. Allow your ears to adjust to the new sound and then, make a decision. It can be a little *cold* sounding at first, but I chalk this up, in part, to it's clarity. It really is a terrific receiver with insane amounts of power for it's price point.

Oh yes, I expect the service center to take 3-4 weeks to repair the Onkyo, hence I am sticking with the Pioneer for a while and see if my ears "break into it". The clarity of my speaker set has never been better, I enjoy tv and movie listening way better than on the Denon, while compared with the Onkyo is a closer call (I did not have it long enough).

There is one feature of Audyssey I am missing already, the Dynamic volume. When I watch tv is really handy to level out commercials. I really do not like the ALC setting on the Pioneer as it makes it sound very anemic vs. Exp.Stereo which I tend to favor, with a huge drop in dB and a much less exciting listening experience. I also do not find effective to improve the listening at low volume, something that Audyssey MultiEQ does really well. I think Pioneer needs to engineer a more comparable solution or adopt at least Dolby volume (by the way: I hate it on the Onkyo, but a friend of mine has an HK in which it works much better, so manufacturer implementation counts).
RastaManMax's Avatar RastaManMax 09:50 AM 05-01-2013
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Thanks for the tips. All I needed to do was to switch the center and surround to SMALL after MCACC set them as large and switch the Subwoofer to PLUS. This is the combination that gives me the best results, especially with the MCACC set to FRONT ALIGN.
I also played around with the impressive iControl Android app. Indeed lot of tweaking options through that application, nothing comparable to what Denon, Yamaha and Onkyo have to offer (although on the Onkyo I like the ability to stream your music through WiFi from within the application).

Now I will just have to wait to receive the Onkyo 818 back and compare directly the 2. I am still under the impression that I like better the sound of the Onkyo, which I recall as detailed as the Pioneer but a bit warmer and more enveloping. The first might have to do with the DAC: I know the Onkyo uses Burr Brown while I am not sure about the Pioneer. The second has to do with Audyssey XT32.
I have to agree with what everyone has said here: the customization that MCACC offers after its auto setup is what can provide an edge vs. Audyssey for many listener. In my case, i just happened to love immediately what the Onkyo XT32 did to my set of speakers and I just felt no need to alter those results. But of course nobody can tell if you'll come to the same conclusions.

I have mine set to PLUS and fronts to LARGE. Additionally, I followed instructions for the 'bass tweak' that I found posted on here somewhere (here or in the SC-1522K thread). Initially MCACC does a terrible job which is why you need to tweak it. Like you, I have a Denon AVR-990 (2 years older than your 3312). Right after switching I noticed that the SC-1222K was brutal for 2ch listening. After tweaking it's a lot more comparable. Advantage over the Denon is that vocals are astonishingly clear and detailed from the start. Downside was the bass response. I still think that overall the Denon sounds better for 2ch audio even after the bass tweaks (but now it's a lot closer). Overall in every other instance the SC-1222K is better and if I invested another few hours, it would probably be as good/better.

Funny thing is that setting up my Harmony and tweaking was so epically irritating with the SC-1222K that I don't know if i'd buy it again.
rispoli's Avatar rispoli 11:11 AM 05-01-2013
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After tweaking it's a lot more comparable. Advantage over the Denon is that vocals are astonishingly clear and detailed from the start.

I agree. With the Onkyo 818 is a closer call because it is also clearer for vocals than the Denon.
scoobdude's Avatar scoobdude 01:07 PM 05-01-2013
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Oh yes, I expect the service center to take 3-4 weeks to repair the Onkyo, hence I am sticking with the Pioneer for a while and see if my ears "break into it". The clarity of my speaker set has never been better, I enjoy tv and movie listening way better than on the Denon, while compared with the Onkyo is a closer call (I did not have it long enough).

There is one feature of Audyssey I am missing already, the Dynamic volume. When I watch tv is really handy to level out commercials. I really do not like the ALC setting on the Pioneer as it makes it sound very anemic vs. Exp.Stereo which I tend to favor, with a huge drop in dB and a much less exciting listening experience. I also do not find effective to improve the listening at low volume, something that Audyssey MultiEQ does really well. I think Pioneer needs to engineer a more comparable solution or adopt at least Dolby volume (by the way: I hate it on the Onkyo, but a friend of mine has an HK in which it works much better, so manufacturer implementation counts).

I believe you can adjust the effect level of avc like you can others such as unplugged and classical. Select avc then go into the audio menu and see if there is something called effect. It sends to work on a 1 to 100 scale in 10s. Hope that helps.
jdbob's Avatar jdbob 01:46 AM 05-02-2013
That didn't last long. Got a SC-1222 via Amazon on Friday and got everything setup and running. Was working fine earlier today. Turned it on later and no video to TV via HDMI. Swapped cables, verified TV HDMI input working with direct connection to Bluray player. No error messages.

Strange thing is I bought it because I expect my 2.5 year old Onkyo SR707 to die and month now smile.gif
GusGus748s's Avatar GusGus748s 02:01 AM 05-02-2013
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That didn't last long. Got a SC-1222 via Amazon on Friday and got everything setup and running. Was working fine earlier today. Turned it on later and no video to TV via HDMI. Swapped cables, verified TV HDMI input working with direct connection to Bluray player. No error messages.

Strange thing is I bought it because I expect my 2.5 year old Onkyo SR707 to die and month now smile.gif

This happened to me today. For some reason or another I couldn't get video. So, I switch the HDMI source from my tv from HDMI 1 to HDMI 4, and then I went back to HDMI 1, which is the one being used by my SC1522, and it worked. Video was back.
scoobdude's Avatar scoobdude 05:59 AM 05-02-2013
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That didn't last long. Got a SC-1222 via Amazon on Friday and got everything setup and running. Was working fine earlier today. Turned it on later and no video to TV via HDMI. Swapped cables, verified TV HDMI input working with direct connection to Bluray player. No error messages.

Strange thing is I bought it because I expect my 2.5 year old Onkyo SR707 to die and month now smile.gif

Try turning off the video conversion stuff as well. What TV do you guys have?
jdbob's Avatar jdbob 12:47 PM 05-02-2013
There is no video generation from the SC-1222 to the TV at all, not even in setup mode. Tried turning off video conversion, no change. Removed it and put the Onkyo back in, works fine.

Of course now the actual seller (Worldwide Distributors) wants me to return it at my own expense for exchange. And the silly UPS office here closes at 9AM believe it or not!
LNEWoLF's Avatar LNEWoLF 01:01 PM 05-02-2013
Jdbob - Have you updated the Pioneer AVR by usb only to the latest firmware on pioneers website. Are you using the latest high speed hdmi cables.
Rob_63's Avatar Rob_63 01:11 PM 05-02-2013

I remember reading a review or two about a problem with the HDMI printed circuit board coming loose inside the cabinet and causing video failure, how secure do your HDMI inputs feel? 


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