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post #2551 of 3982
I just woke up this morning and exactly the same thing!

Last 2 days it's been perfect, last night perfect, get up this morning, no sound, no picture!! I've done a full reset, and still nothing, so looks like I'll be sending mine back as well! This will be the 2nd time I've returned it, so will now be on my 3rd unit! A little dissapointed must say, but that's electronics I guess! :/

And just as a side note, in comparison to last night, it takes 5 times longer from when I press the power off button, for it to actually turn off! Is this a sign of something particular going wrong?

I had the problem of not being able to connect itunes or iPhone over airplay even though the network connection was fine (Iphone app worked perfectly). All I did was pull the plug out of the back for ten seconds, and it fixed it. SO that problem was solved thanks to a member here on the forum! (Thanks!)
post #2552 of 3982
Is the time capsule compatible with the ethernet on the sc-55? i want to hard wire an ethernet cable from the time capsule router and use the sc-55 to stream flacs ? Any one try it? I notice it supports apple thru wifi but i believe the network feature is PC only ? Is that accurate or can I use any NAS?
post #2553 of 3982
Quote:
Originally Posted by oztech View Post

Speakers have the most dramatic effect on the final result over everything
else period.

That's what I always thought, but I've got to say that my old stereo (an Apt-Holman preamp and a Crown D75 power amp) sounded far, far better on analog sources then my Pioneer SC55, both feeding DCM Time Windows for Front Left and Right. The old stereo had far more life and impact. If I didn't live in a relatively small apartment, I'd put in some switching so I could use both.
post #2554 of 3982
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Originally Posted by zoetmb View Post

That's what I always thought, but I've got to say that my old stereo (an Apt-Holman preamp and a Crown D75 power amp) sounded far, far better on analog sources then my Pioneer SC55, both feeding DCM Time Windows for Front Left and Right. The old stereo had far more life and impact. If I didn't live in a relatively small apartment, I'd put in some switching so I could use both.

The Time Windows are an excellent speaker and as for analog sources sounding better are you referring to phono in which case IMO the older gear
did have better phono pre-amps or at least some you could adjust for different cartridges impedance and capacitance.
Have you noticed any difference in digital sources my take on that is the SC
is more dynamic yours may vary.
post #2555 of 3982
Hi All - would like some opinions from owners of SC-57 on:

1) the value/utility of the wireless network adapter -- AS-WL300?
2) how well the adapter does its job?

I ask because practically all of my other components (Elite tv, PS3, Oppo 95) are already set up for wireless networking, so I wonder what enabling the SC-57 is going to get me. This is my first Pioneer AVR - do they tend to offer a lot of firmware upgrades (a better OSD would be nice!)? Are there other cool features that I could get with a networked SC-57 that I won't get with everything else already set up for it?

Thanks,
JD
post #2556 of 3982
^^^

"upgrades"? no...

firmware fixes are occasionally released (although not always publicized) on an "as needed" basis...

if you hook it to the network, you can then use the app, which i've gathered is rather helpful...
post #2557 of 3982
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Originally Posted by jd_alpha View Post

Hi All - would like some opinions from owners of SC-57 on:

1) the value/utility of the wireless network adapter -- AS-WL300?
2) how well the adapter does its job?

I ask because practically all of my other components (Elite tv, PS3, Oppo 95) are already set up for wireless networking, so I wonder what enabling the SC-57 is going to get me. This is my first Pioneer AVR - do they tend to offer a lot of firmware upgrades (a better OSD would be nice!)? Are there other cool features that I could get with a networked SC-57 that I won't get with everything else already set up for it?

Thanks,
JD

Click here for a link to a little wireless adapter that works with anything with LAN. $50 if you want to go wireless...while not flawless in execution (signal quality lacks in a few the ones I use around the house). But if wireless is all you want...there you have it.

Another option is an Apple Airport Extreme (or other wireless bridge)to 'extend' your wireless to where your setup is and wire it right in to the back of the router. $180 will get you one of those. A bit pricier, but if you want to have devices near each other and wired up it is useful....if you have more than it

If you have more than the airport extreme can handle, toss in a little netgear $30 switch like this and happily plug in what you like. There is a gigabit version, if you care to future proof at all, that is $39.

I use both in my home. I do work in IT, with that in mind both were VERY easy to set up. Average user could do it by following directions and asking the almighty Google.

There certainly could be extra features that you might use on the SC-57. I chose to go with the 55 because of the cost savings...those with 57s should chime in as to why you might consider it.


j
post #2558 of 3982
1. It also happened to me, the receiver was reseted and I have to spend time to enter the names of the radio stations again.
2. Today I downloaded the new application iControlAV2012. It detect my SC-55, but it doesn't work. After that, I read that this applicion is compatible only with the new receivers. I am disappointed about the politique of Pioneer to not support the oldest models. The SC-55 is only 6 month and Pioneer had to allow it to work with the new application. I choose this receiver because it allow us to update his firmware via Internet. Since I have it, no update was released, so no improvements for it. Why should pay for this function if Pionneer doesn't support the models already in use?
post #2559 of 3982
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Originally Posted by Stefan_AVS View Post

1. It also happened to me, the receiver was reseted and I have to spend time to enter the names of the radio stations again.
2. Today I downloaded the new application iControl2012. It detect my SC-55, but it doesn't work. After that, I read that this applicion is compatible only with the new receivers. I am disappointed about the politique of Pioneer to not support the oldest models. The SC-55 has only 6 month ans Pioneer had to allow it to work with the new application. I choose this receiver because it allow us to update his firmware via Internet. Since I have it, no update was released, so no improvements for it. Why should pay for this function if Pionneer doesn't support the models already in use?

You want the iControloAV2 from the app store for the SC-55 & SC-57.
post #2560 of 3982
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stefan_AVS View Post

2. Today I downloaded the new application iControl2012. It detect my SC-55, but it doesn't work. After that, I read that this applicion is compatible only with the new receivers. I am disappointed about the politique of Pioneer to not support the oldest models. The SC-55 has only 6 month ans Pioneer had to allow it to work with the new application. I choose this receiver because it allow us to update his firmware via Internet. Since I have it, no update was released, so no improvements for it. Why should pay for this function if Pionneer doesn't support the models already in use?

they release new models with new features every year... that's life... get used to it...

when you buy a car, when next year's model comes out, do you drive down to the dealer and expect them to modify the one you bought last year to add the features they added this year?

firmware update capability is to fix issues...
post #2561 of 3982
I don't ask to change physical parts. I just ask to support existing models in their first year. I don"t think that there are a many differences between the Elite line released in October last year ans the vsx-1122. I think that Pioneer disabled in iControlAv2012 the possibility to work with the Elite line. Also, the new model has a color graphical interface. Is not very difficult to update the firmware for Elite line and to change the gray interface use a color one. I think that they have to respect the customers and to update the software in the first year.
post #2562 of 3982
^^^

like i said, get used to it... complaining will do no good... trust me... us owners of the susano complained mightily that we never got thongs that were promised to us, let alone things that weren't...

there will always be something more desireable in next years model...
post #2563 of 3982
I wouldn't wear a thong if they did ship it to me.

I can see his point about supporting it the first year. It's certainly not unusual in other markets, you might get updates to software you purchased for a year or some other timeframe. On other products, not so much, a new OS might come out and you likely have to pay for it. In general, you don't have to replace your old computer when a new OS comes out. And the new OS generally does run on it (though not always). And, for new software, sometimes if you purchased recently, they give you the new version. The new version doesn't typically require you to throw out your old stuff either.

However, to say "respect the customer and update the software the first year" is a little misleading. They DO update the software IF there is a bug and you need it fixed, and they can, etc. There was at least one update for the SC-55 I am aware of. However, I believe he meant ENHANCE, not update. That part is questionable, though, I wish it were so of course. I'd love to see feature enhancements. But, I agree it's unlikely.
post #2564 of 3982
^^^an elite thong? Sweet
post #2565 of 3982
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stefan_AVS View Post

I don't ask to change physical parts. I just ask to support existing models in their first year. I don"t think that there are a many differences between the Elite line released in October last year ans the vsx-1122. I think that Pioneer disabled in iControlAv2012 the possibility to work with the Elite line. Also, the new model has a color graphical interface. Is not very difficult to update the firmware for Elite line and to change the gray interface use a color one. I think that they have to respect the customers and to update the software in the first year.

Now you can understand why so many of us who have owned the high end Elites have given up on Pioneer. I kept mine for secondary use but a lot of us have fled to Denon's 4311 - it was enjoyable to connect a just bought receiver and have an upgrade ready to load. Not bashing Pioneer - I have 2 of their receivers in my house - just tired of seeing examples were other companies update their products and Pioneer continues to do nothing. Chris is from NJ so all those toxic dumps he claims to live near may have caused him to start wearing a thong
post #2566 of 3982
@t-town...

hey, when you drop 7 large, you get a few extra perks...

@sfatula... yup.. correct, they do "support" the avr... and do for several years, they fixed the star wars bug for at least 2 generations of avrs, and they fixed the dd+ bug last year that existed in the 05/07 since release...

to ask for the enhancements that are in the new model on the existing models is an expectation that is too much though... it simply doesn't happen... pioneer isn't unique in this...
post #2567 of 3982
^^^ive dropped about 25k on pio products 6010fd, 151fd, sc-07, sc-57, multiple regular pio receivers and bd players and i myst say that there most recent efforts in customer service are extremely dissapointing. So much so that the last elite bd player i bought will be my last pioneer purchase ever (unless they do kuros again of course)
post #2568 of 3982
^^^

i hate to think of how much money i've given to pioneer over the years... i was a LONG time fanboy...

as their latest effort for bdp's appears to be marginal (and that's being kind), no one can blame you on that...

i jumped ship awhile ago...
post #2569 of 3982
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Originally Posted by t-town oil View Post

^^^ive dropped about 25k on pio products 6010fd, 151fd, sc-07, sc-57, multiple regular pio receivers and bd players and i myst say that there most recent efforts in customer service are extremely dissapointing. So much so that the last elite bd player i bought will be my last pioneer purchase ever (unless they do kuros again of course)

The next Kuro will sadly only be produced in an alternate reality (the one where SACD outsells iTunes).

Here's one place where Pioneer is putting its R&D:
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Portable/STEEZ

I will say that the higher-end VSX looks like a 'good value' relative to buying an Elite, if you want many of the newer features that have trickled down from the SCs.
post #2570 of 3982
Im still waiting for new receivers to have wood grain and silver finshes like the ones of old that i remember my dad having
post #2571 of 3982
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Originally Posted by t-town oil View Post

Im still waiting for new receivers to have wood grain and silver finshes like the ones of old that i remember my dad having

Weren't those station wagons? (Oops, I think I just showed my age)
post #2572 of 3982
post #2573 of 3982
The 2012 Elites will get the upgrades, they always do. For die hard Elite fans, they expect you to buy up every model year. I don't think that it too much to expect a upgrade for the iControlAV2 to the added features on the iControl2012.
post #2574 of 3982
I have the SC-57 and the RF100-U remote. I have a ipad2 with iControlAV2 installed and use it all the time. I like the control that I get over the 57. Now the iControl2012 has the same functions as the iControlAV2 but with added Video and Audio Parameter functions. If my remote works OK on the SC-57, then why can't they have the iControl2012 work with it also. It is not good marketing to leave those who spend the $$$$ on Elites to leave them out. I sent this same post to Pioneer asking about any IControlAV2 upgrades.
post #2575 of 3982
Also, the new vsx-1122 has color interface. Why Pionneer doesn't provide un firmware update with color interface for Elite products. It's only marketing to close the envirenmente for existing products.
Somebody tells that Denon continues to enhance the user experience during the product life.
post #2576 of 3982
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Originally Posted by sdrucker View Post

Here's one place where Pioneer is putting its R&D:
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Portable/STEEZ


we've discussed that in PM's. a sure way to improve AVR market share & sales

I wish you guys would stop beating up on Pioneer
They just like being different than the D and the O companies

Maybe they think MCACC will one day be valued as "vintage", like station wagons with wood trim...
the golden age of woodies...

"Fun fun fun till my daddy takes the T-bird away"...
"round round get around, I get around"...

I'm really showing my age, joepags
post #2577 of 3982
@stefan...

because they don't... just stop, ok? a "product life" is NOT "how long you own it"...

see my most recent post in the "2012 pioneer" thread for why...

and as much as i'm a denon fanboy these days, no they don't add in any new features that weren't already promised (i.e. airplay, which was a promised feature that was added in during a model year cycle, and should be noted that it was a paid upgrade upon release)... a few higher end models have had paid upgrades made available...

the last pioneer "upgrade" for an existing model was a paid upgrade to the vsx-59...
post #2578 of 3982
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Originally Posted by ss9001 View Post


we've discussed that in PM's. a sure way to improve AVR market share & sales

I wish you guys would stop beating up on Pioneer
They just like being different than the D and the O companies

Maybe they think MCACC will one day be valued as "vintage", like station wagons with wood trim...
the golden age of woodies...

"Fun fun fun till my daddy takes the T-bird away"...

I'm really showing my age, joepags

hey, i miss those old wood sided elite pieces of equipment...

the beach boys?? really?? i'm considering rescinding my invitation for a birding trip....
post #2579 of 3982
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Originally Posted by ccotenj View Post

the beach boys?? really?? i'm considering rescinding my invitation for a birding trip....



I remember Beatles lyrics, too

how about Pink Floyd, does that qualify for redemption
post #2580 of 3982
Quote:
Originally Posted by ss9001 View Post



we've discussed that in PM's. a sure way to improve AVR market share & sales

I wish you guys would stop beating up on Pioneer
They just like being different than the D and the O companies

Maybe they think MCACC will one day be valued as "vintage", like station wagons with wood trim...
the golden age of woodies...

"Fun fun fun till my daddy takes the T-bird away"...
"round round get around, I get around"...

I'm really showing my age, joepags

Amen, brother!

I'm with Chris on the beach boys reference though!
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