Originally Posted by PunjabiM3
So after looking at the Elite VSX-21, Denon 2310, and Onkyo 707 I ended up purchasing the VSX-21 earlier this week. Got it all setup and am pretty happy. I ended up getting it from a local authorized dealer. Paid a bit extra compared to 6ave but at least I am covered by the Pioneer 2 yr warranty. I do have a few questions though:
1. Any reason in choosing the Denon 2310 or Onkyo 707 over the VSX-21?
2. My old receiver was an Onkyo 601. Since this amp is 110w per channel and the Onkyo is 85w, should this play louder at the relative volume level (i.e., -15dB)? Or would it be the same?
3. I have the original PS3 and am wondering what exact settings I should have it at for best SQ through this receiver?
I think the main reason I bought the Elite was due to the esthetics of the receiver and also the relative specs (110w, THX select, heard SQ is supposed to be slightly better than Denon but doubt the difference is noticeable). Hope to get some answers to my questions though!
I owned a VSX-21 briefly (1 week) and switched to a 707 (price & front height speakers) plus I have a 2310:
1.Since two of the three are Audyssey calibrated, with Pioneer being MCACC, there is a sound difference. But that is subjective.
2. The 707 is not 85 watts. Its specs are 100 watts. But I wouldn't pay much attention to the wattage since Manufacturers, especially Pioneer (I hear), vastly exaggerate. Your VSX 21 might play at different db levels, as the Onkyo or Denon, because the reference level on all 3 Receivers are different. If you move your Receiver to another room with different speakers and re-calibrate you will get a different volume level. Audyssey & MCACC calibrates according to room configuration and speaker sensitivity. Don't pay much attention to the volume level. Just dial it to a level you are comfortable with and be happy.
3. With the old PS3 you will not see "true HD" or "DTS MA" on your Receiver front. Your PS3 settings should be "Linear PCM". You will get the same sound. My slim PS3 is set at "Bitstream" and the actual output is indicated on the Receiver front.
If you are happy with the VSX-21 just enjoy.