I was over at the Pioneer VSX 1121-K thread and much was discussed about the Elite VSX 52..Because it is so close to the Elite VSX 52
As stated in that thread I just picked up my Elite VSX 52 this afternoon.
I just finished setting up my Main: Front: Left, Center and Right.
I have not done my Surrounds or the MCACC..that's for tomorrow or Saturday.
So far I really like it and in a dark room the Yellow/Gold text highlighted with the blue indicating lights looks awesome.
I have the Pio VSX 1020 in my Bedroom.
I got a good deal on my E52 at Best Buy along with 36 months same as Cash with my BB Card!
As far as the $200.00 extra for the Elite VSX 53 Schan1269's response was right on!
aluminum front panel (looks nicer...do you care?)
full band phase control (makes set-up easier. As if it is hard without it)
2 HDMI out (have a 2nd display?)
Zone 3 audio pre-out (do you need 3rd Zone?)
It really depends if it's features are one's that you cannot live without.
In my case the E53 did not warrant the move up, the E52 does all that I want and I do not really need to spend the extra $$$ for a second HDMI out.
In fact while I was at Best Buy they tried to sell me UP to the E53 but I said that really the only difference is the 2nd HDMI Out.
They said that no the processing was different and some others features but I said that I do not think so (I had done my homework)
so the two salesman go to their comparison book that shows the E52 next to the E53 and going down the list was really just the 2nd HDMI Out.
The Processing etc.. is the same.
One thing about the 2nd HDMI Out..
I originally thought (when I got my VSX 1020-K and threads were talking about receivers with 2 HDMI Outs) that if I had a receiver with 2 HDMI Outs then I could set it up as below...
HDMI Out 1: HTPC into the Receiver's HDMI 1 In and then out HDMI 1 to my HDTV.
HDMI Out 2: Cable Box DVR into HDMI 2 on Receiver and then Out HDMI 2 to my HDTV.
Then because my HDTV allows me to adjust each HDMI Input independently of each other, I could set my Color Levels etc..etc.. per what looks best for my HTPC,
and then set the other HDMI in on my HDTV for my Cable Box and any specific changes that were needed.
However after setting up my VSX 1020 with just the one HDMI Out to my HDTV I found that I did not need to do that at all, and by using just a single Input on my HDTV,
the picture looks Great no matter what Input I chose on the Pioneer 1020 and / or now my E52!
Not to mention that there are 6 HDMI's in on my 1020 (7 on my E52) and for the above to really be of service I would need multiple HDMI outs,
or just be constantly switching and routing this HDMI to this Out etc..etc... Way to much thought and work LOL!
I now have my HTPC going into HDMI 1 on my 1020 and now my new Elite VSX 52 and my Time Warner Cable Box going into HDMI 2 on my 1020 and also HDMI 2 on my new Elite VSX 52.
This way I just need to toggle back and forth on my remote with the two arrows (Left & Right) up near the top of the remote under "Signal Select" each Arrow moves me forward or backward through the receivers Inputs.
Because HDMI 1 is next to HDMI 2 on the Input select then a push on Arrow Right takes me to HDMI 2 and then the Left Arrow gets me back to HDMI 1
So simple as these are my two most used Inputs on my Pioneer Receivers.
I do not have to choose HDMI 1 out on my receiver and then on my HDTV's HDMI In and then HDMI 2 out on my receiver and in my HDTV's HDMI IN..too much work and
I found that once the HDTV is set up with a Great Picture no matter what Input I choose on my Pioneer Receiver it looks just Great through my ONE HDMI Out to my HDTV!
So, that's my take on 2 HDMI's out on a Receiver.
Two thumbs up so far for the E52...