Originally Posted by Yung
The 03 also adds a second remote for Zone 2. I agree that the 92TXH at clearance prices makes a great buy and is the best of the 3. It is a higher end Elite unit with better build and beefier power supply as indicated by its 37.5 lbs vs. 29 lbs 6oz. for the 01TXH and 29 lbs 13 oz. for the 03TXH. The 92TXH also has a phono input which may or may not be important to some and this unit also carries the Air Studios logo. As Macfan424 indicated above, this unit is rather large and its height of 7 3/8 inches might make it prohibitive to fit in or provide enough ventilation in some cabinets/stands.
As Bilbo46 added though, all the NEW Pioneers (01, 03, SC0x) are all THX Select2 PLUS
or TXH Ultra2 PLUS
, which means they now have the new THX Loudness PLUS. This allows reference level AQ at lower levels, like if you live (like me) in an apartment and could never listen to movies at the high reference levels. And let me tell you, it works and they sound AWESOME!
But there is bad news too, though. I exchanged the 03 last night for the better SC-05, and am GLAD I did - it is an incredible receiver. Sadly though, the problem with the LG BH200 dual format player got even worse! This is what I posted on the other Pioneer post (for all the newer models):
I had the LG BH200 dual format (BD & HD DVD) player. When playing BD using bitstream to my Onkyo 805, everything plaid just fine. When I played HD DVD movies occasionally during pause/play or chapter change, during that time when the audio signal would stop, then begin again when the movie would play, the 805 would lose the signal during the HDMI handshake, and mistake it for a stereo signal and play loud modulating static noise from all my speakers. A few days ago, I had bought the new VSX-03TXH. When playing BD movies through the BH200, they played just fine. But when I tried ANY HD DVD movies, I would get that handshake problem with the VSX-03TXH, even right from the start before even getting to the menu, and have that static coming out of all the speakers.
I sent an E-Mail to both Pioneer and LG. Pioneer responded with "since HD DVD is a DEAD format", they won't bother to even look into this! LG just said to take it to their authorized repair center - a local TV/VCR repair show (DUH???).
Last night I returned the Pioneer VSX-03TXH, deciding to spend the extra money and just get the much better SC-05 receiver and LOVE IT! BUT!!!!!! Now the LG BH200 does not play at all with the new SC-05. Both the Blu-Ray and the HD DVD audio sent through HDMI is only recognized as either a STEREO or 192mhz STEREO signal! And now, if I turn up the volume, I can just barely hear any sound, but it still sounds like coming from a far distance, and through a tiny bit of static. So there must be a compatibility problem between the newer Pioneers and the LG BH200 player. As both my PS3 (through PCM) and Toshiba A35 (through bitstream) still work, there must be an internal problem with either BH200, or something with the HDMI input on the Pioneer - perhaps that new anti-jitter they put in for the HDMI? Sadly, I returned the BH200 as it was still brand new, and it looked like neither company had any interest in trying to fix this. Kind of a shame too, as the BH200 was quite a nice player, was once $1000 when it first came out, was of very good quality, and just this one unit was able to replace THREE units in my rack (BD, HD DVD, and had a great DVD scaler inside it).
Anyone else with a Pioneer who has tried the BH200? Did you also experience this?