Hi, guys. New around here. I used to be a fairly serious audiophile, lost interest for about 10 years, and now I'm looking into getting a home theater set up. LOTS of new things to figure out, including a whole new class of amplification! You guys have really been busy.
These two Pioneers are among the receivers that have caught my eye, along with the upper-end Yamahas, Marantzes, and Denons. Each has some features I really like that the others don't. The more things change... Currently, I've got a Pioneer VSX-516, which I've basically just been using as an integrated amp.
The only component I have left from my audiophile days is a pair of JMLab Spectral 913.1 speakers, for whom I would kill if they asked me.
I've just added a pair of Definitive Technology BP1.2x surround speakers and their Pro1000 sub, and the LG BD390 blu-ray player. (Don't even have these set up yet.)
My tv is not much. It's a Sony KDF-42E2000 -- a rear projection LCD. I'm looking to upgrade to a 50" or 54" plasma (probably).
Anyhoo, here's the questions relevant to this thread:
1. Those front speakers of mine are a complex, rated 6 ohm load. Will these Pioneers handle it? It seems like Class D, by its very nature, should excel with difficult loads.
2. Another speaker question. The VSX-516 isn't really a good match for them. The JMLab tweeter is a skosh bright to start with, so they like a warmer, somewhat rolled off amp. From what I've read about Class D amps, it seems like they tend to have that character. How would you describe these 2 amps' sound?
3. How are they with music?
4. I don't see any network connectivity listed in the specs, but that seems like a feature everybody else's new models have. Anybody know why Pioneer left it off?