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post #391 of 563
Mine clicks when it energizes or de-energizes channels. It won't click when switching from say IIx to Neo. If you switch from say stereo to surround, that should click.
post #392 of 563
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Originally Posted by mitchgx View Post

Just in case anybody else was wondering, the answer to this question is "no".....only analog sources can be sent to Zones 2&3.

Crap, that sucks!! For everything this thing can do, I can't believe you can't send a digital source to Zone 2.
post #393 of 563
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Originally Posted by TheRatPatrol View Post

Does anyone know if the receiver acts like a matrix switcher so that you can run two different video streams to two different TV's at the same time?

Thanks

RP, did you ever get an answer to this or figure it out? I'm trying to setup the same thing, but no luck so far.
post #394 of 563
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Originally Posted by nuprin76 View Post

RP, did you ever get an answer to this or figure it out? I'm trying to setup the same thing, but no luck so far.
This was answered on the "official 1522" thread some time back. Search there and you'll find it.
post #395 of 563
Chicagoland costcos have no stock. Nearest is in Michigan......greater detroit area. Ugh screwed over again on a good deal.
post #396 of 563
Costco in Westbury LI has one box left
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Originally Posted by techno20 View Post

Anybody having issues with the relays making noise on their new receivers? After a freeze-up the other night my relays started make the clicking noise when switching sound modes. Was perfectly quiet up till this point...

Have had the receiver since March... The speed is still the same for the switch now I just get the sound to go with it frown.gif

This is mentioned in the manual, I think in the back under troubleshooting.
post #398 of 563
I was playing around with bitstreaming yesterday and I couldn't get the receiver to decode the audio. RTFM and it said that a pcm signal will play in stereo. I tried all the available DSP modes and still could only get stereo. I suspect its the audio format that it wasn't reading, cause it did decode a couple of DTS movies. I don't remember the audio formats right now but does anyone have an idea of which audio formats it won't decode?

sorry, posted this in the wrong thread...
Edited by wpbpete - 5/29/13 at 2:25pm
post #399 of 563
This will not come back to any Houston Costco .
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Originally Posted by c_nitty View Post

This will not come back to any Houston Costco .

I was originally planning on getting this deal but since Houston isn't getting any I went with the Onkyo 818. When I called the local Costco the lady said only Plano, Arlington, and Lewisville were showing stock.
post #401 of 563
I was able to buy a floor model for $549.00. I haven't tried it yet but I hope it works! They said that it has never been turned on while on display.
post #402 of 563
Wow now that is the sweetest deal going:cool: !!
post #403 of 563
If it works without issues, you got a super deal. I got the wireless hooked up tonight, $20 refurb adapter from eBay. Works like a charm. I couldn't be happier with a receiver!
post #404 of 563
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Originally Posted by DaveCarrera4 View Post

If it works without issues, you got a super deal. I got the wireless hooked up tonight, $20 refurb adapter from eBay. Works like a charm. I couldn't be happier with a receiver!

Did you guys use any resource to figure what settings to use or properly set it up?

Slightly off topic but I don't know how to set up my sub either.

I ordered five B&W M1 speakers and the B&W ASW610 and get them all on Saturday.. no idea how I am going to set this stuff up =) I just want to make sure I get everything I can out of this system.
post #405 of 563
update error? what to do?
post #406 of 563
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Originally Posted by razor488 View Post

Did you guys use any resource to figure what settings to use or properly set it up?

Slightly off topic but I don't know how to set up my sub either.

I ordered five B&W M1 speakers and the B&W ASW610 and get them all on Saturday.. no idea how I am going to set this stuff up =) I just want to make sure I get everything I can out of this system.

You are ready to roll! By "don't know how...", do you mean physically or with MCACC.? Best and smartest approach is to download the manual, find a quiet place, and read all the pertinent sections that apply to your setup. Yes, it will take 30 minutes or more, but will save you a ton of trouble down the line. Most of the problems that show up on the "official 1522" thread can be attributed to improper components (HDMI cables, etc.), or improper settings. A few owners get frustrated, but usually it can be attributed to "operator error". Also read the "official 1522" thread, lots of tips.
post #407 of 563
I don't think I'll have a problem physically setting it up - I just meant figuring out all of he settings. Ill check out those resources you mentioned though! I hope I made the wrong choice with the speakers and woofer!

Thanks again!
post #408 of 563
So are you talking about getting the wireless dongle working?. If so try pressing the WPS button on your router and the dongle/wifi device. If that does not work then you'll need to do it manually on your Mac or PC.
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Originally Posted by razor488 View Post

Did you guys use any resource to figure what settings to use or properly set it up?

Slightly off topic but I don't know how to set up my sub either.

I ordered five B&W M1 speakers and the B&W ASW610 and get them all on Saturday.. no idea how I am going to set this stuff up =) I just want to make sure I get everything I can out of this system.
post #409 of 563
Couple questions for you lucky basterds,

Why do you think Pioneer approached Costco and cut this helluva deal? They realized that $1599 MSRP is absurd and no one would pay that? Evidenced by their poor sales numbers, and therefore a drastic drop to $600 would instantly create sales? As it apparently did, across the country.

I would've definitely bought one of these for $599. I called the only Costco we have within 100 miles a few days ago, and they said they sold out of this item weeks ago, and would not be getting any more. Perhaps some of you are the people on EBay selling the 1522 for $799 right now. For that price, I would get the NR818 because I did much prefer Audyssey on a previous Onkyo that I owned. However, it's the power of the Class D amp that drew me to this Pioneer.

So my questions basically revolve around "where do we go from here?" lol

1) Do you think we will see the 1522 at $600 again this year? Could it go lower? I'm only asking about new sealed boxes as well. not used, not refurb. Reading about some of you guys returning your brand new AVR 2 and 3 times to Costco because of defects is quite disconcerting. I've owned both Pioneer and Onkyo in my AVR career, and I've never had to return any of them.

2) Are they still in production? Or is this mega sale at Costco kinda their way of kicking the last remaining inventory out the door? And therefore the rest of us who missed out are left to chose the same receiver at $8-900 from other retailers, or by used, or roll the dice on EBay.

3) I saw some mention of a new SC-1523-K that will be replacing the 1522. Google has yielded no info about the 1523. Can anyone else confirm that this will be the new model #? When do you think this new 1523 will be rolled out? Would it be worth waiting for? What improvements would you expect to be made on the new model?
Cheers and happy AVR'ing!
post #410 of 563
In the past I've found items at Costco were made for Costco. As far as I can tell the 1522 is no different. It's lacking something in comparison to the SC-65, whether that's only the elite badge and display color I have no clue.

I once bought an iHome alarm clock at Costco. The same model was available elsewhere but Costco had the best price. It just turned out that I needed a 3.5mm AUX in. The one at Costco did not have one. I took it back and got one from some place else and it had the AUX in as the spec sheet stated.

Costco doesn't just make money by selling bulk or pressuring their vendors into lower prices in exchange for huge exposure (think Walmart) a lot of the items they sell are missing a feature or two that most people would rarely ever notice.
post #411 of 563
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Originally Posted by gasdag View Post

Couple questions for you lucky basterds,

Why do you think Pioneer approached Costco and cut this helluva deal? They realized that $1599 MSRP is absurd and no one would pay that? Evidenced by their poor sales numbers, and therefore a drastic drop to $600 would instantly create sales? As it apparently did, across the country.

I would've definitely bought one of these for $599.

1) Do you think we will see the 1522 at $600 again this year? Could it go lower? I'm only asking about new sealed boxes as well. not used, not refurb. Reading about some of you guys returning your brand new AVR 2 and 3 times to Costco because of defects is quite disconcerting. I've owned both Pioneer and Onkyo in my AVR career, and I've never had to return any of them.

2) Are they still in production? Or is this mega sale at Costco kinda their way of kicking the last remaining inventory out the door? And therefore the rest of us who missed out are left to chose the same receiver at $8-900 from other retailers, or by used, or roll the dice on EBay.

3) I saw some mention of a new SC-1523-K that will be replacing the 1522. Google has yielded no info about the 1523. Can anyone else confirm that this will be the new model #? When do you think this new 1523 will be rolled out? Would it be worth waiting for? What improvements would you expect to be made on the new model?
Cheers and happy AVR'ing!
Good question. May be coming out with a new model, there are rumors. More likely they wanted to get rid of excessive inventory, as a one time national deal with Costco. It was likely a one time event, but time will tell. It was a great bargain for a 9.2 AVR, nothing else comes close in price. :-)
post #412 of 563
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Originally Posted by gasdag View Post

Couple questions for you lucky basterds,

Why do you think Pioneer approached Costco and cut this helluva deal? They realized that $1599 MSRP is absurd and no one would pay that? Evidenced by their poor sales numbers, and therefore a drastic drop to $600 would instantly create sales? As it apparently did, across the country.

I would've definitely bought one of these for $599. I called the only Costco we have within 100 miles a few days ago, and they said they sold out of this item weeks ago, and would not be getting any more. Perhaps some of you are the people on EBay selling the 1522 for $799 right now. For that price, I would get the NR818 because I did much prefer Audyssey on a previous Onkyo that I owned. However, it's the power of the Class D amp that drew me to this Pioneer.

So my questions basically revolve around "where do we go from here?" lol

1) Do you think we will see the 1522 at $600 again this year? Could it go lower? I'm only asking about new sealed boxes as well. not used, not refurb. Reading about some of you guys returning your brand new AVR 2 and 3 times to Costco because of defects is quite disconcerting. I've owned both Pioneer and Onkyo in my AVR career, and I've never had to return any of them.

2) Are they still in production? Or is this mega sale at Costco kinda their way of kicking the last remaining inventory out the door? And therefore the rest of us who missed out are left to chose the same receiver at $8-900 from other retailers, or by used, or roll the dice on EBay.

3) I saw some mention of a new SC-1523-K that will be replacing the 1522. Google has yielded no info about the 1523. Can anyone else confirm that this will be the new model #? When do you think this new 1523 will be rolled out? Would it be worth waiting for? What improvements would you expect to be made on the new model?
Cheers and happy AVR'ing!

An avr with this feature set is being sold for similar prices by Onkyo, Sony and Denon. So I don't think the msrp price is out of line.

Also, I don't think this is a made for Costco item.

1) probably not. Most places are still selling for MSRP or above $1000.

2) this model came out last year and the 2013 models have been released and the 2013 Elite line will probably be announced later this summer. Selling it at cost or a little above for last year's model sure beats having stock you can't get rid of and take a loss. It's what most electronic manufacturers do. Just not such a steep discount out of the gate.
post #413 of 563
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Originally Posted by pdxrealtor View Post

In the past I've found items at Costco were made for Costco. As far as I can tell the 1522 is no different. It's lacking something in comparison to the SC-65, whether that's only the elite badge and display color I have no clue.

This has been discussed numerous times before in this thread and the dedicated 1522 thread. The 1522 is exactly the same as the SC-65 minus the Elite badge, amber display and warranty. Pioneer does this with many of their models. There's an Elite and non Elite version.
post #414 of 563
Not sure the other perceived competitors have the same feature sets as this 1522. And none of them are class D 3rd generation amps. Most of the Denon and Onyks cost more than $600 street price.
Many of the people on this thread took them back not because the AVR had problems. They had problems(Operator error!). Costco is so generous lots of people take advantage of them. Ultimately raising the prices we will all pay there! mad.gif



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Originally Posted by Pioneer_Elte View Post

An avr with this feature set is being sold for similar prices by Onkyo, Sony and Denon. So I don't think the msrp price is out of line.

Also, I don't think this is a made for Costco item.

1) probably not. Most places are still selling for MSRP or above $1000.

2) this model came out last year and the 2013 models have been released and the 2013 Elite line will probably be announced later this summer. Selling it at cost or a little above for last year's model sure beats having stock you can't get rid of and take a loss. It's what most electronic manufacturers do. Just not such a steep discount out of the gate.
post #415 of 563

My take is... anyone interested in Pioneer (at this retail price level) is going to go with an Elite model. And missing a few key features (the upper end model guys want) such as EQing the sub and individual crossover leaves them with very few interested parties. Obviously, sells were dramatically lower than they expected/planned for as shown by the dump to Costco. So instead of dropping their wholesale price to unload them to their typical dealers (if they even wanted the now year-old model at reduced prices that didn't sell up to now)... they sold them to Costco.

post #416 of 563
Very few interested parties? Do you have any statistics on the 1522 sales versus similar 9.2 THX models from Onkyo, Yamaha, Denon, etc? Pricing at MSRP and street were similar until the Costco offering, making this model very desirable!
post #417 of 563
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Originally Posted by sjsufootball View Post

Not sure the other perceived competitors have the same feature sets as this 1522. And none of them are class D 3rd generation amps. Most of the Denon and Onyks cost more than $600 street price.
Many of the people on this thread took them back not because the AVR had problems. They had problems(Operator error!). Costco is so generous lots of people take advantage of them. Ultimately raising the prices we will all pay there! mad.gif

When I said that "An avr with this feature set is being sold for similar prices by Onkyo, Sony and Denon", I meant the asking MSRP of $1600 because the OP I was replying that the $1600 price tag was absurd. And I was only comparing power, # of channels & zones while omitting D3 vs AB amps since many have a preferance.
At the time, I was actually thinking of updating my 7 year old Elite 52-TX to get the HD audio and only got this unit because of the great "sale" price I learned about on AVS. I personally wasn't looking to spend over $1000 on a new receiver since had I just finished building a basement theater a few months earlier.
Edited by Pioneer_Elte - 6/6/13 at 10:54am
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post #419 of 563
My take is that Pioneer puts out a number of Receivers with the intention of them being heavily discounted from "MSRP". Other than the masses who buy a Pioneer receiver at a big box you really don't see people buying Pioneer's receiver's at MSRP. Most audio shops run sales on them (and most of the other products Pioneer makes) constantly. I honestly feel Pioneer's intention and sales strategy is to have the Receivers sold at what appears to be huge discounts to generate volumes of sales. People get a good receiver that they feel they purchased for a steal and Pioneer sells a ton of product.
post #420 of 563
Is this unit available in Canada? I have been searching for a while for a receiver with dual hdmi outs and pre-outs so I can one day upgrade to an external amp. I have found the Denon-AVR3313 and then a few Onkyo models. The Class D amplifiers would be sick on this thing. I did a search and couldn't find the answer.
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