Originally Posted by DirtyDeeds
zerb, just a question, why did you choose the 919? instead of the 1019? or 9040? (same as vsx 21).
Well, my dad and me were researching together online, which model we wanted to purchase. We were pretty sure of going in for a Pioneer, as we had once had a Pioneer Hi-Fi system and the sound of that Pioneer was much "sweeter" as compared to the Sony systems that we had over the years. My dad is a Western Classical music fanatic, so more than the Bass of rock or jazz, we were interested in getting a receiver which would enhance mid-range and higher frequencies, while also not giving up lower frequencies altogether (they are also important in marches).
We read a few reviews of the Pioneers, Yamahas, Denons, and I also stumbled upon AVSForum at the same time. From what we gathered, we felt the Pioneer suited us the most. We would have a 5.1 setup but wanted a 7.1 receiver in case we wanted to upgrade in the future (don't think we will though, might use a Zone 2 later)
Dad wanted to go in for the 1019 definitely. But, it was $100 more than the 919. And on comparing the 919 with the 1019, I was able to find that the 1019 only had video-upscaling, which according to the members on this thread, was not as good as the upscaling carried out by LCDs themselves. Plus, we would be adding a PS3 for blu-ray and DVD upconverting capabilities. So, having video-upscaling just for the cable box did not seem worthy of $100.
Plus, the fact that the Amp section inside both of them is the same and sound output does not differ at all between them. iPod in Zone 2 is not too much of a problem, and does have a workaround in that the iPod can be connected to one of the analog inputs for hearing it in Zone 2. We would not be needing the extra HDMI input, since our cable box does not have HDMI. Believe it or not, but 1080p is still NOT that big in India. We hardly have 2 television channels in HD (I think National Geographic and FOX). HDMI on cable boxes is almost unheard of. In fact, I called up the company asking if they would be upgrading their boxes in the future to support HDMI and HD, but they gave a very "irritating" (could not think of any other word) response, that the technology was not yet fully developed in India to provide HD.
Heck, blu-rays have only recently started here (about a year back at the most). Most people still prefer DVDs over blu-rays. Sony markets the BDP-S300 and BDP-S350 (obsolete models in the US) over here. And that too, costing Rs.25,000 (approx $550). The switch to blu-ray is only just beginning in India.
So, for all these reasons (sorry guys, HUGE post), I selected the 919 over the 1019, as I felt the extra features were not worth the extra $100.