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Pioneer Elite VSX-03TXH 7.1-Channel A/V Receiver

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #37 in Component Receivers


Pros: Excellent sound, looks great, plenty of power, 7 channels, MCACC set-up, large number of audio decoders, auto level control

Cons: Only 1 HDMI output, not 3D complaint, somewhat hard to set-up

I bought this unit over 4 years ago and have used it continuously for the whole time. I have Martin Logan Encore center and front speakers with a subwoofer and two sets of rear ceiling speakers to make the 7.1 channels. My DVD player is a Sony BDP-BX58 Blu-Ray with 3D play back and my TV is a Sharp Aquos Quattron 60 inch 3D ready television that is almost brand new. I have an HDMI powered splitter that allows the signal to go straight from the DVD player to the TV to allow for 3D pictures. This system is perfect for movies with 7 channels or musicals such as "Mamma Mia". People have told me the sound is as good as you hear in a theater. Since the unit automatically picks up the audio system from the movie, you hear it as the director intended it to be heard. Once this unit is set-up properly, it is almost fool proof in it's operation.

Listening to digital music channels is a real pleasure. The receiver automatically converts the sound to stereo and playing it through the Martin Logan front speakers gives you clarity that is hard to imagine. You can pick out the individual instruments, with no mush or blurring. Xylophones are sparkling clear as are the horns or violins. Once you hear this system, ordinary music sources such as systems in automobiles sound muddy and garbled.

Some of the features include MCACC set-up which uses a small microphone placed in your normal seating area to adjust the volume of the speakers including the subwoofer, THX decoding, 3 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output, multi channel input, XM and Sirius ready, and a USB port to plug your I Pad or memory stick into.

Because the receiver recognizes the input from any source, outside adjustments are few and far between. It accepts Dolby Digital and DTS, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic, DTS 96/24, DTS-ES, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Express, and DTS-HD Master Audio. It makes it nice as my wife and father-in-law are technically challenged and would have a hard time making adjustments to the sound system. I have a Logitech multi remote control to control all my equipment and the buttons on that unit are all you need to control adjustments to the receiver.

In my opinion, Pioneer Elite receivers are the best receivers for real music lovers. Plenty of good clean power to push even the largest of speakers. I would highly recommend this receiver to anyone if you can find one available. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles some of the newer receivers have, but it is easy to use and probably not too expensive as a used unit. If you want something for movie playback or digital music, it's hard to beat this receiver at any price.
Pioneer Elite VSX-03TXH 7.1-Channel A/V Receiver

Awaken your senses to technical innovation designed to command the HD living room. The Pioneer Elite VSX-03TXH is the home theater centerpiece for state-of-the art A/V processing for your 1080p flat-panel display and the latest HD audio formats available with Blu-ray Disc movies. Brace yourself for sound that pours straight into your heart with such clarity, purity and unimaginable beauty, the best seat in the house really is in your living room. Built to an exacting standard for high performance, the robust chassis with rigid trans-stabilizer construction and sleek aluminum front panel houses the Direct Energy Amplifier that drives 110 Watts of pure power across 7 channels. Supported by Pioneer's legacy sound-tuning technology, the VSX-03TXH is loaded with the most modern technology and exclusive advancements available today, including cutting-edge HDMI jitter reduction to ensure pristine sound and video quality. Add to that Pioneer's exclusive MCACC room calibration and Phase Control technology to ensure the audio arrives at your listening position in complete synchronization, and it's quickly apparent why this stunning machine is worthy of being a part of the Elite Receiver line. Prepare for a whole new level of surround sound. Together with our proprietary sound tuning and digital signal processing (DSP) technologies, the VSX-03TXH delivers the full impact of new audio formats, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD Master Audio High Resolution soundtracks, ensuring precise sonic reproduction that redefines the traditional limitations of home theater audio. Features HDMI Jitter Reduction iPod Player USB Digital Audio Deep Color / 30-bit / 36-bit 4:4:4 Color Depth / xvYCC Color Support HDMI DVD-Audio Transfer Advanced MCACC Room Calibration

FeatureHDMI Jitter Reduction iPod® Player USB Digital Audio Deep Color / 30-bit / 36-bit 4:4:4 Color Depth / xvYCC Color Support HDMI DVD-Audio Transfer Advanced MCACC Room Calibration
Package Height11.75 inches
Package Length21 inches
Package Weight36.7 pounds
Package Width20.5 inches
ProductGroupHome Theater
TitlePioneer Elite VSX-03TXH - AV receiver - 7.1 channel
UPCList - UPCListElement012562893754
Item Weight37 pounds
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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