Well, as of yesterday I'm an official owner of a Pioneer SC05. A huge thanks to the early adopters and all others that have been posting on this thread. I finally just finished all the March and April posts. Wow, very informative and the main reason why I pulled the trigger on my purchase.
So, here's my problem. The unit arrived yesterday, but ...... OUCH....... there was shipping damage. The external box was pretty beaten up(normal, I think), the internal styrofoam was cracked. I didn't notice at 1st because I was working mainly on the back of the unit. Well, on the front bottom left corner there is damage. The edge is roughed up and a slight bend inward. Hard to notice at 10 ft away unless you really know what to look for.
I called the vendor that I purchased it from, and he was very helpful. I can either return it for a replacement, or he will give me about $200 after filing a claim with UPS. He estimated this based on a new front panel costing $150.
I haven't powered on the unit yet, but when I do, I need to check out that there is no functional damage.
2 questions for all of you:
1) How do I best check that everything is working functionally? I think this will be very hard to do in 1 day.
and more importantly:
2) Assuming everything does work fine, would you be worried about components failing sooner than normal? So, instead of the unit lasting 10-20 years, I start to have problems in 1 year.(I kept my last receiver for 14 years) Is this a cosmetic issue only or not?
I was so excited about getting this unit. I was tracking my package every 10 minutes for the last week.
I can't think straight right now, so any help/advice would be very much appreciated!!!
Thanks in advance!