Originally posted by Earz
This is an initial impression reveiw of the JVC rx-f-10 digital hybrid receiver which uses some form of tri path technology.
Out of the box, it sounds closed in whith a tubey sounding midrange and somewhat distorted sounding highs.
After 45-50 hours it seems to have opened up whith a deeper soundstage then the detailed, forward sounding Pany 45.
It is slightly shorter in depth than the Pany and weighs about double because of its transformer most likely.
It has cheesy spring clips and a way too bright blue light on the front that can be dimmed or shut off via the remote.
This receiver will stun you whith its bass output, and in that aspect, it shines.
As far as the tubey sound, I now know what Bel Canto owners are reffereing to, and some may prefer this sound to the Panys precise mids and highs.
I already ruled this receiver out for HT. as it shut off whith the volume at 30 during LOTR in dd ex mode last night and the volume tops out at 50.
If you have more effeicient speakers than 6 ohm 88 db, you may not have this problem.
The rest of my time whith the JVC rx- f-10 will be for stereo playback only.
It does do sa-cd a bit better than the Panys, but no where near my Sim Audio i-5 for sa-cd.
Most likely, this receiver can be used to bi-amp in all channel stereo mode or one of the other many modes it offers.
The RX-F10 does sound better after 2 days as it seems to open up a bit and the highs seem more detailed (not Pany detailed)
The soundstage is deeper and slightly wider than the closed in. out of the box sonics.
This receiver has digitized analog hi rez inputs as you can actually listen to any analog or digital connection source and use pro logic 2,neo 6 or all channel stereo ect, and you can also use the selectable eq settings in any mode.
One feature this digital hybrid receiver has that most lack,is the ability to adjust all channels levels.
I did watch a few more movies whith it and it has not shut down again so far, but I have been keeping the volume down whenever I know a big dynamic swing is coming.
After being used to the Panys extreme detail from movie soundtracks, I beleive I am wanting to turn the JVC up as to hear more of the detail I was used to, so when the dynamic peaks happen, it is too loud, and this is where my biggest concern using the JVC for HT in my systym comes from.
On the positive side, the JVC rx f10 does the bass and lower mids whith more gusto and presence for H/T and music.
If you have heard a Panny receiver and found it to lean or bright sounding, then the JVC rx f10 will probably be your ticket among the cheap digital wonders.
If you listen to a lot of bright sounding movie soundtracks, and find the mids and highs to be overdone, the JVC is probably for you, whith the added bonus of more defined lower mids that sound tubey, and major bass output.
If these two receivers positives could be combined,we could have our cake and eat it too imo.