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Pioneer VSX-9040TXH

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hi,

This is my first post.

I ordered a pioneer receiver VSX-9040TXH from jr.com (total $475) and it is arriving tomorrow.

After doing some research, there is not a whole lot of information on the 9040, and it looks like the following are differences between the 9040 and 21:

From Pioneer website:

VSX-9040TXH
Price: $699

VSX-21TXH
Suggested price: $800

They look very identical in specifications. I cannot tell a lot of difference except that
1. The 9040 is 1 year warranty while the 21 is 2 years warranty.
2. The 21 has golden inscription ELITE

Are there any other differences either in product build, or feature set or performance, support anything at all? Is the quality control the same on the manufacture of both?

I called pioneer 2 times and they said pretty much the same points I have mentioned above both times.

Additionally, one time, they said the Elite probably has higher quality parts inside (they did not say anything specific).

The credit card that I used to buy the 9040 issues Extended Warranty for 1 additional year, so I have the 2 year warranty on the 9040 as well.

After reading through other posts in this forum also, there are +ve reviews about 9040, but overall, in the internet, there is not a whole lot of information.

Overall, I am confused if I should continue with this purchase or not: I have the option to reject the UPS package tomorrow, in which case I do not have to pay shipping back if I decide to return it later on.

While the Elite may be better, would the life of the components in the 9040 be worse than other non-Elite receivers (say the 1019)?

I'd like to make up my mind by tomorrow so that if I decide to go with the 9040, I do not have to order it again.

Could I get some help please in making this decision: to go with the 9040 or not? If 9040 owners provide some feedback, that would be great.

Thanks,
Mathru
post #2 of 20
Thread Starter 
Also, it looks like the 9040 cannot set cross-over frequency for individual speakers, but can only do once overall. Is that an issue? I am planning to use it with Polk Audio CS2, Monitor 70 (front) and Monitor 40 (surround)

Mathru
PS I am new to the AV receiver world and terms like cross-over, which I am coming up to speed in the past 2 weeks, so please pardon my ignorance if it is a naive question.
post #3 of 20
Looks like you have the same speakers as me. I need a receiver so you have to let me know how this receiver works out for you.
post #4 of 20
I have had my 9040 for 3 weeks and I am very happy with it. I am running Polk Monitor 60s for my fronts and a CS2 for my center channel. It sounds great!

If you compare the manual for the 9040 to the 21 VSX they are identical (same manual). There is no difference except the "elite" on the front panel and the warranty like others have posted in other threads.

This unit for the money is much better then the 1019.

I am very happy with my 9040.
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks drebit. I decided to go with Denon AVR2310. I will be returning the 9040. I do not have a technical reason. I just could not find enough information regarding the 9040on the web. Perhaps it is a little gem that is underadvertised. But, I was not comfortable.
post #6 of 20
I'm in the market for a new receiver, and I've picked the 9040. As mentioned, it's identical to the VSX-21TXH, except for the faceplate Elite emblem and warranty. I also found that the display color is the bluish white rather than the Elite's amber. I read that the reason the 9040 exists is that dealers wanted a higher-spec receiver than the 1019 that they could sell online.
post #7 of 20
Hi,

I've had a problem with my VSX-9040TXH lately. I just purchased it a week ago. It seems to run a little hot and after a couple hours of watching TV it will cut the video signal but the volume will continue, then the video will resume to normal after a few seconds. Weird issue and not sure exactly what the problem is. Any ideas?

Thanks,

Derrick
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by dpriebe View Post

Hi,

I've had a problem with my VSX-9040TXH lately. I just purchased it a week ago. It seems to run a little hot and after a couple hours of watching TV it will cut the video signal but the volume will continue, then the video will resume to normal after a few seconds. Weird issue and not sure exactly what the problem is. Any ideas?

Thanks,

Derrick

If your TV runs off of a HDMI cable, it is not unusual for the signal to drop out for a few seconds now and then. It is just the nature of the beast and seems to depend on the provider, whether cable or satellite.

As for the Pioneer 9040, it is a THX AVR and will have good quality amps and a good power supply. As for warranty, if an electrical device runs fine for the first years or so, it is not likely to give you any trouble for quite a while. If your credit card company doubles the warranty to two years, you should be in very good shape.
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by Sitting Bull View Post

If your TV runs off of a HDMI cable, it is not unusual for the signal to drop out for a few seconds now and then. It is just the nature of the beast and seems to depend on the provider, whether cable or satellite.

As for the Pioneer 9040, it is a THX AVR and will have good quality amps and a good power supply. As for warranty, if an electrical device runs fine for the first years or so, it is not likely to give you any trouble for quite a while. If your credit card company doubles the warranty to two years, you should be in very good shape.

Thanks bull,

This is definitely not a cable provider issue because I never had that problem until I got the receiver. It definitely doesn't seem like a normal thing to me so I'm likely going to return it in a few days. I got it on amazon and I'm not sure I like the idea of a receiver traveling through the mail even if it saves money. I'll probably buy one from the store.

Derrick
post #10 of 20
I'm looking for input from anyone who is using a Pioneer VSX21 or VSX9040 with their Studio 40's as opposed to an Onkyo 607? Different world altogether? Or will it make that much difference? I am really liking what I read about the 9040, and the price is outstanding!! Anyone?
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by mathruj View Post

Thanks drebit. I decided to go with Denon AVR2310. I will be returning the 9040. I do not have a technical reason. I just could not find enough information regarding the 9040on the web. Perhaps it is a little gem that is underadvertised. But, I was not comfortable.

There's nothing wrong with your decision but be aware if you ever need to add an amp for more power, you can't with the Denon 2310 but could with the Pioneer.

The 9040 is the same as the Elite 21 and there are threads for both receivers. But its your money and if you're uncomfortable you should return it.
post #12 of 20
I'm looking for an avr to use as a pre/pro and this unit looks almost perfect for my needs. Agree its hard to find out much about it but everything I've read seems positive. Is it a steal at its price point? I just discovered it and will do more research -frankly I've been looking at onkyo, integra, and denon and never even thought about pioneer. If any owners could let me know how it is on 2channel playback for music (through digital input) I'd appreaciate it. Its also cheaper than I have budgeted for, so is it worthwhile to step up a few models? thanks in advance for any input.
post #13 of 20
(about the last post: sorry lonwolf615, I bougth this receiver yesterday and I cannot make any good statement right now).

Hello everyone who owns a Pioneer VSX-9040THX, or a Elite VSX-21-THX which appears to be almost the same.

Has anyone tried the optical out audio jack? I'd like to use it but I can't get it make any sound. Well, I believe that probably, when I'm using an HDMI input, the receiver won't output the audio signal through the optical out (although it could in fact do that at least when the audio stream being input is compatible with optical cables like conventional DTS and DD).

But, even when I use an optical or coaxial input, the receiver does not output anything. The owner's manual says almost nothing about this jack and I didn't see any hookup example of this jack. Does anyone knows something?

Thank you very much guys.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by jgslima View Post

Has anyone tried the optical out audio jack? I'd like to use it but I can't get it make any sound. Well, I believe that probably, when I'm using an HDMI input, the receiver won't output the audio signal through the optical out (although it could in fact do that at least when the audio stream being input is compatible with optical cables like conventional DTS and DD).

But, even when I use an optical or coaxial input, the receiver does not output anything. The owner's manual says almost nothing about this jack and I didn't see any hookup example of this jack. Does anyone knows something?

Thank you very much guys.

For optical out jack to work, connect the source to optical IN-3 (Video).
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by JChin View Post

For optical out jack to work, connect the source to optical IN-3 (Video).

Thanks JChin.

Sad that, if I undestood correctly, this is the only input which is outputed in optical out.

When we buy a new receiver we must be prepared to this: even buying a more expensive receiver, we can stay without features our previous, cheaper receiver had. My previous receiver was a much cheaper Sony, and it outputed to the optical out jack the signal of all the inputs.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by jgslima View Post

Thanks JChin.

Sad that, if I undestood correctly, this is the only input which is outputed in optical out.

When we buy a new receiver we must be prepared to this: even buying a more expensive receiver, we can stay without features our previous, cheaper receiver had. My previous receiver was a much cheaper Sony, and it outputed to the optical out jack the signal of all the inputs.

Well another option for now is to get an HDMI Switcher with Toslink & Digital Coaxial port.
post #17 of 20
Is this model still in production? I see it offered only direct on the Pioneer web site. Obviously, I'd like to pay less than full retail, although only from an authorized seller. I see Vann's once had it for under $500, a full $200 below list. A google search was fruitless. Any thoughts?
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by Bondmanp View Post

Is this model still in production? I see it offered only direct on the Pioneer web site. Obviously, I'd like to pay less than full retail, although only from an authorized seller. I see Vann's once had it for under $500, a full $200 below list. A google search was fruitless. Any thoughts?

You know, I didn't think of availability It would suck if you (I) couldn't find one to buy.

These are the receivers I am considering (purchase within the next month), in order of preference:
- Pioneer-vsx-9040txh
- Yamaha-rx-v765
- Onkyo-tx-sr707
- Onkyo-tx-nr807
post #19 of 20
Other than the 'Elite' faceplate and the $200 MSRP, the difference between Elite and regular Pioneers is this. Though both models use exactly the same components, only 7% of the components in the regular Pioneers are tested whereas 100% of the Elite's are. That is, ALL of the materials going into EACH Elite product is tested vs 7 of 100 from a batch. Is it worth paying $200 (or more) for the extra year's warranty?? No, not if you have a credit card that will extend your warranty for another year (98% of parts that prematurely fail do so within 2 years) or you purchase another year from a cheap warranty-house source.
post #20 of 20
Hello,

I just setup this receiver and love it however I have one problem. When I connect my Iphone to it to play music, it plays for 5 minutes and then stops playing however the time indicator is still going as if the music was still playing. I used my wife's iphone and her's plays no problem so I think it's a software issue (I have a newer software version on my Iphone.) Does anyone know if Pioneer has put out new firmware for this? I have e-mailed them and awaiting their reply. Thanks!
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