I had a quick question about the differences in audio quality between say the 521 and 1021
There are a number of ways to determine this.
Probably the easiest is to go to this Compare Page at Pioneer..
Link here: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...eivers.Compare
Then click the box next to the 521 and then the 1021 if that's what you want to compare.
They will open up side by side, Spec to Spec and Feature to Feature.
I will tell you this, you will be amazed at the differences between the 521 and the 1021, it is like night and day!
Also it is not until you get to the 1021 that you get access to "Manual MCACC" this alone IS a Big Deal.
The reason is that Manual MCACC is what gives you the ability to actually go into the MCACC and manually adjust, the EQ, individual Speaker Sound Levels, etc...etc...
Download the 521 OP Manual...http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/St...ions020711.pdf
Download the 1021 OP Manual..http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/St...ions020711.pdf
You didn't ask for it but here is the 1121 Brochure for comparison as well....http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/ep...le%20Sheet.pdf
With the OP Manual's you can see the differences and read about them.
With the Brochures each brochure for the next model up will highlight in BOLD the differences from the lower model.
Keep in mind that when you view the 1021 and or the 1121 it will not put in BOLD everything that is upgraded from the 521 because it is referencing the previous model.
So the 1121 Brochure is highlighting in BOLD just what the 1021 does not have! Hopefully you understand that.
So if you started with the 521 "Product Sheet" and then went to the 821 Product Sheet you would see the actual improvements and then to the 921 to 1021 to the 1121.
So have some fun investigating the differences, but there are a lot.
Do I think that it is worth making the jump to the 1021? Absolutely!
In the Pro Audio World we have a saying, "Buy Once, Cry Once!"
We say this because when people buy cheap and find out what they are missing and then finally buy what they know they needed in the first place,
it actually cost them more money in the long run because they bought twice!
Even if they sell their first choice, they will never get what they paid.. This is Money Lost and for nothing!!!
So decide not only what you want and or need for today but what you can still grow into tomorrow!
If you need extra time to save for the RIGHT Piece of equipment, do it! If you can!