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post #181 of 1281
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Originally Posted by ccotenj View Post

^^^

rtfm?

it's in the audio parameters... see page 59 of the manual on how to get into audio parameters, and see page 60 for the "hdmi" setting...

Thanks! Yes, I should give the manual a run-through, lol. Appreciate the advice though!
post #182 of 1281
Got VSX-33 3 days ago. Plugged in a system with Gershman Acoustics front and center (Avant Garde front and CC-X center) and Celestion rears. It is 5.0 system, front speakers are amplified by Krell -400xi. Sources - Oppo DVD player, Samsung BD, ADCOM DAC, Sony ES DVD/SACD Mega-changers controlled by Escient (and net and PC content). So far here my impressions

Pros:
1. Rendering of various digital signals (DD, TrueHD, SACD, PCM. etc) is impeccable. I am selling my ADCOM DAC as it is finally lost competition (it was winning it against old Denon 3305). Sweet and smooth to my ears, almost tubelike, wow. (and yes, I do not need Musical Fidelity X10 buffer in a chain anymore!). I am shocked how well it worked with just simple CD playing. SACD is another story altogether. Shocked.
2. Looks. The thing had great WAF. Beautiful
3. I have Samsung TV PN63C8000 - and so far did not have any issues (regular and 3D viewing). However I turn video param on only when feeding from Escient (it is only non-HDMI video component in my system).
Cons
1. Remote is useless. Who the hell design the thingy? I know people have universal remotes - but c'mon... Compared to well thought and beautiful remote from Samsung TV it is a shame.
2. Still fiddling with MDACC. First take on equalization (symmetrical) produced horrible and unlistenable Bose-like sound. I will try "Front" type later, I suspect it should work better - but for now turned EQ OFF.
3. Took me forever to find simple things. For example 12v triggers are all over the place. Menu is confusing. Still reading manual.
4. Internet Radio does not work for some reason (freezed when I tried). I can care less as I use Escient which I tuned to station I liked and has 100 times better interface- but still....

Overall - HAPPY.
post #183 of 1281
Correction - Internet Radio and iControlAV started working after 2 hard reboots. What interesting- 12V triggers went to OFF in HDMI control after that, had to turn them back on.
post #184 of 1281
I'm on the fence at the moment. While coming from Canada, pricing here in no way shape or form matches pricing in the states for a lot of models.

Moreover, some manufacturers actually use Different naming schemes for certain models that are pretty much the same, to avoid addressing the pricing dilemma.

Anyhow. I'm also in the market for a 2 HDMI output receiver that won't break the bank.

For now it's a tossup between the Yamaha VX-A1000 or the Pioneer VSX-33. Specs are similar, but pricing can vary quite a bit.

Has anyone had any experience with either, or even better both? Any preference? What about sound quality? Power output isn't much of an issue for me.

Also would it be possible for someone to post black Friday deals concerning these 2 units. Preferably online, as I will need to drive down to pick it up at the border.

I've looked thru some flyers, but most of them are just big box stores with none of those models in their lineup. Perhaps some of you would know of some smaller specialty stores who also participate in the black friday bonanza.

Much appreciated.
post #185 of 1281
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Originally Posted by Ol' Dirty Ewok View Post

I'm on the fence at the moment. While coming from Canada, pricing here in no way shape or form matches pricing in the states for a lot of models.

Moreover, some manufacturers actually use Different naming schemes for certain models that are pretty much the same, to avoid addressing the pricing dilemma.

Anyhow. I'm also in the market for a 2 HDMI output receiver that won't break the bank.

For now it's a tossup between the Yamaha VX-A1000 or the Pioneer VSX-33. Specs are similar, but pricing can vary quite a bit.

Has anyone had any experience with either, or even better both? Any preference? What about sound quality? Power output isn't much of an issue for me.

Also would it be possible for someone to post black Friday deals concerning these 2 units. Preferably online, as I will need to drive down to pick it up at the border.

I've looked thru some flyers, but most of them are just big box stores with none of those models in their lineup. Perhaps some of you would know of some smaller specialty stores who also participate in the black friday bonanza.

Much appreciated.

I'm from Montreal too. Ever heard of freeport forwarding? they are located in Champlain near the border. Go on their web site fill up the free form and they will give you a US address that you can use for delivery (3-5$ per box depending on the size). If you shop well (google shopping) , you will find the VSX-33 at 619$ (here). They have free shipping in the US, so calculate 619$+cdn taxes+5$+gaz and you will get a shiny receiver for half the price.

This will also let you buy stuff from monoprice,amazon.com and more!

Just fill up the free form, and read how it works.
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post #186 of 1281
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Originally Posted by Slayerizer View Post

I'm from Montreal too. Ever heard of freeport forwarding? they are located in Champlain near the border. Go on their web site fill up the free form and they will give you a US address that you can use for delivery (3-5$ per box depending on the size). If you shop well (google shopping) , you will find the VSX-33 at 619$ (here). They have free shipping in the US, so calculate 619$+cdn taxes+5$+gaz and you will get a shiny receiver for half the price.

This will also let you buy stuff from monoprice,amazon.com and more!

Just fill up the free form, and read how it works.
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Indeed! I used them a few times already! I used to drive down to plattsburgh until I heard about Freeport. however, I'm leaning more towards the VX-A1000, i don't know why, but i have a gut feeling this is the "better" choice. however, whether or not it's worth the difference.. not sure.
post #187 of 1281
I just updated my iPhone to iOS 4.2 and am happy to say THE CRACKLE PROBLEM IS GONE!!
post #188 of 1281
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Originally Posted by Detach50 View Post

I just updated my iPhone to iOS 4.2 and am happy to say THE CRACKLE PROBLEM IS GONE!!

VERY good news. I purposely skipped the previous update because of this issue.
I really enjoy and use the bluetooth adapter input.
I guess it's finally safe to update my iPhone.
post #189 of 1281
Just upgraded to the 32 when my 55TXi died after 8 years of SOILD performance. It was a daily workhorse with 4 kids constantly watching TV/movies/games/playing audio....sad day.

I have my PS3 set to 1080P playback and connected to the BD input. However, there is a faint snow-like artifacting happening through the PS3...anyone experience this? Seems to go away when I change the PS3 to output 1080i.

Also, I can't get my Xbox (component only version) to display 1080P, however 1080i works fine.

Wondering if there is something going on with my set rather than the reciever. Previously I had both game consoles connected to the display's HDMI and optical audio into my 55TXi.
post #190 of 1281
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Originally Posted by Milenkod View Post

Just upgraded to the 32 when my 55TXi died after 8 years of SOILD performance. It was a daily workhorse with 4 kids constantly watching TV/movies/games/playing audio....sad day.

I have my PS3 set to 1080P playback and connected to the BD input. However, there is a faint snow-like artifacting happening through the PS3...anyone experience this? Seems to go away when I change the PS3 to output 1080i.

Also, I can't get my Xbox (component only version) to display 1080P, however 1080i works fine.

Wondering if there is something going on with my set rather than the reciever. Previously I had both game consoles connected to the display's HDMI and optical audio into my 55TXi.

mine does it too for the ps3 on the pio vsx-1018.. if you want 1080p on the xb, you should use HDMI (on newer xbox model only). You would get a better picture with hdmi, not necessarely related to the 1080p factor. Most of the games aren't using 1080p. They are rendering at a lower resolution and then scaled back to the resolution you choose.
post #191 of 1281
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Originally Posted by hoopa View Post
Any word on if the vsx-33 will display 3d properly? I have seen a few guys talking about the problems they had with samsung tvs.. I am wondering if that is isolated to a specific samsung screen or its a universal problem..

I just picked up a vsx-33 and will get a 3d tv before to long.. Just hoping the problems others had were isolated issues..
Howdy, Just picked up the vsx 32 and am having 3d pass-through issues. I tried disabling the video parameters....but no luck. I have the Samsung Plasma PN58C7000YFXZA. It is only 4 months old. Any thoughts....?
post #192 of 1281
Hi Guys,

I'm new to the wonderful and frustrating world of home a/v having just purchased a VSX-32... After playing for several hours with my device - I still can't figure out:

- Why my 1st generation PAL Xbox 360 (brought in the UK) is not "detected" when I connect via the HD AV component cables? I've tried every combination and it only works when I connect the Yellow, Red, White RCA (non-HD option per se) cables to the device. It works correctly when connected directly to the component in on my NTSC LCD.
- Why my ipod just says "accessory connected"? For whatever reason, whenever I press the "IPod Control/Home Button" the receiver goes straight into MCACC set-up...
- Why I can't seem to scroll and select the different internet stations using the remote?

Help anyone?!?!

Thanks in advance!
post #193 of 1281
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Originally Posted by Muks View Post

- Why my ipod just says "accessory connected"? For whatever reason, whenever I press the "IPod Control/Home Button" the receiver goes straight into MCACC set-up...


I got this one!

Whenever you are using the iPod function, you need to make sure you press the "iPod USB" input button on the receiver remote. This switches the remote into "iPod USB" mode and changes the buttons accordingly. If you press "receiver" on the remote, it will switch back to "receiver" mode and the buttons will change accordingly again.
post #194 of 1281
I don't know if I should post here, but I'm pulling the trigger on the Pioneer VSX 32 and need some help.

I'm a bit weary about purchasing online from some of these online dealers and auction sites...mainly I've read on this forum and others that Pioneer discourages purchasing their Elite models from online distributers.

Am I paranoid? Should I worry about Pioneer warranty issues? I can save so much money online...but I don't want to run into unforseen warranty issues or shady dealers.

I don't know if we can name online retailers on this site, I'm new here, but should I stay away from any particular online retailers and feel confident in others?

I would really appreciate any feedback. Thanks so much.
post #195 of 1281
After further research, Pioneer WILL NOT warranty any Elite models purchased online. That being said, what if a phone order purchase was made from an authorized dealer?
post #196 of 1281
I am strongly considering the VSX-32 for many reasons one of which is the USB input. I am thinking of hooking up an external Hard drive with music ripped in the WAV (lossless) format. Combine that with the VSX-32's DACs and the audio should theoretically sound awesome. Add the convenience of having the music at a touch of a button instead of having to mess with physical media and this should be a powerhouse. Has anyone tried this yet? Is this even possible?
post #197 of 1281
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Originally Posted by Rocket25 View Post

After further research, Pioneer WILL NOT warranty any Elite models purchased online. That being said, what if a phone order purchase was made from an authorized dealer?

I had this same situation several years ago when I bought my Elite receiver and Elite DVD player. I purchased it from an internet retailer but called them to ask a few questions first; ended up just ordering right there since I had the sales guy on the line. Turns out their brick-and-mortar store they sell from was an auth dealer (they had a B-M side and an internet sales side that had different pricing structure). They sent me a receipt that was from the B-M store and had the words "phone order" written on the slip. About a year later my DVD player went whacky and needed repair and firmware update. I presented the "phone order" receipt and it was repaired without issue or cost at an auth Pioneer
repair shop.
Of course, YMMV.
post #198 of 1281
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Originally Posted by SDCoyote View Post

I am strongly considering the VSX-32 for many reasons one of which is the USB input. I am thinking of hooking up an external Hard drive with music ripped in the WAV (lossless) format. Combine that with the VSX-32's DACs and the audio should theoretically sound awesome. Add the convenience of having the music at a touch of a button instead of having to mess with physical media and this should be a powerhouse. Has anyone tried this yet? Is this even possible?

According to the manual, it should be possible. In fact, I've even plugged-in a USB keyboard to type new names for my inputs....so the USB is somewhat universal. Works great with my iPod and iPhone though.
post #199 of 1281
I read the manual pretty thoroughly but there's some 'grey' areas as to waht type of USB mass storage device is compatable such as a stand alone USB hard drive. I guess the formatting might be the key. Also if anyone has screenshots/pics of the GUI that would be pretty cool.
post #200 of 1281
hmmm... updated to 4.2 and still getting crackles out of the USB. Damn.

Edit: Nevermind... I restored the firmware on the iphone and re uploaded all my music, and now it's fine. Gosh the iphone is a cranky piece of crap sometimes.
post #201 of 1281
Hi, new to this forum and have the following dilemma-I have an older (7 yrs) Yamaha receiver and want to upgrade to a Blu-ray (3D) player.
1) considering the following: Sony 570 v Oppo 93 (about $350 diff).
Is it worth getting the Oppo (so I can use analog outs for lossless-sony only has 2 ch. analog out)
OR
2) do I get the Sony at $350 less and a new receiver.
THUS
my next question-if you think it's wiser to upgrade the receiver and go with the Sony, I have narrowed my receiver decision down to either Pioneer Elite vsx32 or Denon 1911.
I would like to know how the Pioneer and Denon compare sound wise and also, do you find that the Pioneer spkr. calibration program is close to the Audyssey in the Denon.
By way of referrence, I used to have a Denon and thought the Yamaha was s little smoother, but that was over 8 years ago.
I know that I have asked a lot in this post, but I really need to make a decision soon, so to summarize:
Is the Oppo that much better than the Sony-and then wait to next year for a new receiver or go with the Sony and then decide between the Pioneer and the Denon?
Thanks.
post #202 of 1281
I have a Pioneer 1120 and a Denon 1909 and I can't tell a difference in sound. I have not used them in the same room, but MCACC seems just as good as Audyssey MultEQ. I would flip a coin. Of course the Pioneer 1120 has more features than my 1909, but I never really compared features to the 1911.
post #203 of 1281
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Originally Posted by hmunster2 View Post

Hi, new to this forum and have the following dilemma-I have an older (7 yrs) Yamaha receiver and want to upgrade to a Blu-ray (3D) player.
1) considering the following: Sony 570 v Oppo 93 (about $350 diff).
Is it worth getting the Oppo (so I can use analog outs for lossless-sony only has 2 ch. analog out)
OR
2) do I get the Sony at $350 less and a new receiver.
THUS
my next question-if you think it's wiser to upgrade the receiver and go with the Sony, I have narrowed my receiver decision down to either Pioneer Elite vsx32 or Denon 1911.
I would like to know how the Pioneer and Denon compare sound wise and also, do you find that the Pioneer spkr. calibration program is close to the Audyssey in the Denon.
By way of referrence, I used to have a Denon and thought the Yamaha was s little smoother, but that was over 8 years ago.
I know that I have asked a lot in this post, but I really need to make a decision soon, so to summarize:
Is the Oppo that much better than the Sony-and then wait to next year for a new receiver or go with the Sony and then decide between the Pioneer and the Denon?
Thanks.

To help you bridge the $$ gap on the Oppo over the Sony BD, there's pretty amazing deals out there on the Yamaha RX-V1900, last years AVR which has a better amp section than either of the two you mentioned and a great feature set as well.
post #204 of 1281
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Originally Posted by mayhem13 View Post

To help you bridge the $$ gap on the Oppo over the Sony BD, there's pretty amazing deals out there on the Yamaha RX-V1900, last years AVR which has a better amp section than either of the two you mentioned and a great feature set as well.

Not to be a dick but if he wants a 3D blu-ray player wouldn't buying a year old AVR kinda kill that since it most likely wouldn't support 3D pass-through?
post #205 of 1281
^^^

nope, as the bdp in question has 2 hdmi outputs, one to go to the tv and one to go to the avr...
post #206 of 1281
Has anyone purchased the new Oppo BDP-93 blu-ray player and had issues? It looks like the new Oppo doesn't play well with some Pioneer receivers. I'm trying to work though the problems but it looks like most of the issues will require a firmware upgrade or two from Oppo.
post #207 of 1281
it's not currently listed on their website, but I got a 32 about 10 days ago for 399$.

Haven't played with it much yet. So far the only issue I've had is straight out of the box I cant get any signal out of the Sub/LF RCA jack on the back to drive my Polk sub woofer. I'm sure I've got something set wrong, tho. I'm really just using it as a glorified stereo with no surround. I mainly wanted the marvel processor and the HDMI switching. Since its in our bedroom I have no real intention of setting up surround speakers.
post #208 of 1281
^^^

- make sure your speakers are set to small...

- ensure that you are not using "pure direct"...
post #209 of 1281
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Originally Posted by ccotenj View Post

^^^

- make sure your speakers are set to small...

- ensure that you are not using "pure direct"...

+1
post #210 of 1281
hey guys, i have a quick question. I will be calibrating my TV this weekend with a disc (too cheap to pay for a real one :P) would it be better to calibrate the settings on the VSX32 or on my Panasonic G20?
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