Originally Posted by gene c353
I have an older VSX-23 and I agree, they are very "cool" running receivers. Mine has never gotten hot. Kind of warm is about it, even when driving 4 ohm speakers. But I've read that the processing section of receivers (and processors of course) can generate even more heat then the amplifier sections. But I have no idea why yours has heated up recently. Mine never has. And it's on for 6-12 hours a day. Every day.
I also had an issue a while back with no sound from hdmi but it was solved by either a factory reset or simply turning everything off and then back on again. But it hasn't happenned in quite a while. Over-all it's been an excellent receiver. 6 MCACC presets is brilliant! But receivers are very complicated devices these days. Anything can happen at any time (fingers crossed).
So, it is running at least half a day . How hard do you drive it? Half volume, less? Probably watching TV with it mostly, sometimes listening to music? That is how I use mine mostly (well running my media PC through it as well).
Mine has been developing some small and rare quirks - apart from this strange bout of high fever yesterday! I wonder if these are defects or just quirks due to incompatibility with other devices or signal modes sometimes.
1) Once in a while - once a month or so - TV picture loses color and looks and like it came from an aerial antenna, slightly distorted. This happens only after switching channels. Restarting the VSX resolves this right away.
2) This happens all the time. If VSX happens to be on while TV is off, it shuts down immediately if TV is switched back on with video blue light still on. All I have to do is start it back up.
3) A single loud chirping sound (independent of how low the volume was) comes out of speakers when surround modes were changing - like from a Stereo commercial to a Dolby Digital movie. This came up about 4-5 months into the ownership and stopped being an issue after I got a power amplifier.
4) The VSX disappears from the network once a week or so. But that is simply a firmware defect because I have a lot of self IP assigning devices (DHCP). My Canon laser printer for example wakes up every 6-7 hours and flashes a message on LED panel that it has just changed its own IP to 101, or 102, or 103. The VSX can't do that , apparently. If it is restarted and IP is already taken by something else it just gives up. I mean it runs fine , but you cant find it on the network anymore until that IP is freed and the Elite is restarted. No biggie.
5) This one is clearly a defect. Headphones output jack is silent. Always was. I suppose I should have taken the unit back to the store as soon as I discovered the issue. But the store I got it from was located 2 hours away and I was too lazy to drive. The stores close by dont have the unit anymore (well, not sealed). I used to connect my wireless headphones to RCA outputs anyway, so I did not need the front headphone jack anyway.
After I wrote this just now I thought "Gosh, this is a lot of quirks, I gotta take it in for a service". The service techs would be happy - they get to milk Pioneer for all its worth. Only I would be unhappy. I cant stand even the thought of being without it for an hour, not to mention a week or two. An amazing device, this. Those are clearly defects, but I look at them as eccentricities. To me they are like the mole on Cidney Crawford's face. Makes her even more attractive somehow. Go figure.Edited by grigorianvlad - 10/3/13 at 3:57am