Originally Posted by CHP_VR Proof it wasn't me.. it was Chris!
I are innocent!
Poor naive gg's first post on this thread innocently inquiring as to Chris's satisfaction with his newly acquired receiver.
6 simple words:"Pleased with the Pioneer Elite AVR?"
True test of satisfaction:
Do you smile more than you frown when you turn your system on?
Charles, don't shirk you're involvement. You were right there with everyone else.
Looking back, oh....about roughly a year ago, I had a Sony 60" LCD RPTV (1080i). It was all fine and dandy. Absolutely lusted after a KURO....just not the price tag. When I saw that Costco was selling them (right before Pioneer decided to get out of the plasma business), I jumped on a 6020.
That meant I had HDMI at my disposal for my display. At the same time, I sat on the sidelines while the whole HD-DVD vs BD war sorted itself out. As soon as Toshiba threw in the towel with HD-DVD, I went BD. That gave birth to the PS3 (the "fat" one) in my system (still in use today). That meant another HDMI source I could utilize.
That gave me reason to be inquisitive about HDMI switching in either a pre-pro, or an AVR. Originally, I was going to get the EMOTIVA pre-pro to go with my EMOTIVA amp (which had replaced an Elite 59TXi). Waited, waited, waited....no EMOTIVA HDMI pre-pro (I guess it finally starts shipping this month).
Focused on an AVR with HDMI capabilities. That led me through, in order...
-Onkyo 805 (returned)
-Onkyo 875 (returned)
-Marantz SR 8002 (better, but not quite what I was looking for)
That's when I happened over here. Before I even knew it, I've got an SC 05 in my system. That's it. That's what I was looking for, in spades.
Now, I'm all HDMI with the exception of my son's Wii and XBOX.
Charles, you and Chris were big influencers in that decision. Mac, I'm not forgetting you. I followed your posts, also. But, Charles, you were the one who influenced the move from the PS3 (good for what it is....lacking in SQ and DVD upcoversion) to the BDP51, not once, but twice. First one came from Costco, too. Still had some bugaboos at that point with the unit. Returned it to Costco.
Tried, in no particular order.....
-Samsung BD players (a couple of them). Can't recall the model numbers, but still not what I was looking for. Too many operational glitches. Returned both.
-JVC "fast load" BD player (current model). Yes, it was faster. Still, had operational glitches (freezing) and fell down a bit on AQ.
Saw BB closing out the BDP51 for $150. Decided to give it another go. This time the 1.32 FW was available. Downloaded that (and then the 1.37 FW later). No glitches. No freezing. Didn't care about BD live, nor streaming. I wanted the best PQ/AQ I could get. For $150, I couldn't do better (probably couldn't do significantly better unless I went to the OPPO BDP 83 for $500). Still feel the same way. I don't know if it's become faster, but I don't think I mind the speed, given the AQ/PQ.
I turn on my system. Go find a disk to play. By the time I'm ready to load, it's all booted up.
This is where Gov comes in. I see all of his questions and experience with the Epik Phoenix. I'm pleased with my MFW. But, like everything else A/V related, more is better (just ask the guys who have a Susano). What would happen if I added a Phoenix?
Only one way to find out. I follow Gov's exploits. Ask him some pointed questions. Before I know it, UPS guy is wheeling another huge box to my front door.
A little set up here, a bit of tweaking there, and I've got dual subs all dialed in.
That's where I'm at, now.
I dunno. What else could I possibly do? One of the alleged "gotta have" 3D displays? I'm not convinced that those won't go the way of HD-DVD. Can't see me wearing those special glasses to watch a movie. I know the couple I have seen in 3D, I've been very underwhelmed. Yeah, there are some 3D effects, but at the expense of poor color rendition. And still, to get the effect, you have to wear those glasses.
I think I'm set, for now. Very pleased with the set up for the first time in a long time.