Originally Posted by blee1
Thanks for your comment on the comparison to the 59TXi. I currently have a 59TXi in my theater set-up and have been seriously thinking about replacing it with an SC05, mostly because many of my source components are now HDMI and some are not passing the best audio over the digital audio connections. I have been a little suspect of changing because of how much I like the sound of the 59TXi!
Could you please elaborate a little on how the SC 05 "outmuscles" the 59 TXi? I guess I'm looking for someone to push me over the edge to get the SC 05...
Well....the SC 05 has more headroom than the 59. Admittedly, my normal listening vol is somewhere in the 75db-80db range. So, I probably listen at louder SPL than most.
I felt that on some material I was getting a wee bit of compression with the 59. Not a lot. And not with everything I listened to. But, with enough material that I sometimes noticed it.
That's not to say I was ever unhappy with the 59. It's just that I think the SC series is better. Could be caused by the ICEamps. Could be caused by more advanced MCACC in the SC. I really don't know.
Just recently, I have observed that the "warm" sound I got from my 59TXi is being reproduced by the SC 05. That could be because I'm all Pio in source and AVR (which I also was with the 59 TXi combo'd with the 59AVi disk player).
I've said it before, any Pioneer gear I've ever had, I've been thrilled with. I've strayed to other brands, but always seem to come back to Pioneer.
FWIW, I sold the 59TXi/59AVi to a friend. He's got some modest speakers. Don't know the model numbers, but they're small JBL bookshelfs in a 5.1 config). The 59TXi really woke them up.
After he heard my system, now he's caught the bug and is looking for speaker/sub upgrades to join the 59 TXi.