Originally Posted by fr8doggr
Newbie here... Can someone give me their opinion of the SC-1522 vs the Elite SC-61? My local BB is offering the SC-61 at $750 and the 1522 is $599 at Costco. The BB Mag rep says the SC-61 blows away the 1522, but I am new to home theater and the specs look similar. Any insight would be appreciated.
For reference, I bought Def Tech Cinema 600 speakers, Pioneer Elite BDP-62 Blu-Ray, and will be getting the new Sony KDL 70R55A TV soon.
First, the guys at Best Buy don't know what they're talking about at least half of the time and probably work on commission. That being said, here are my reasons why he is lying to you, and I would suggest you bring these
facts to him and ask for an explanation of his statement.
Based on Pioneer's own website...
1) MSRP for the SC-61 is $1150 while the SC-1522-K is $1600. Pioneer wouldn't raise the MSRP by $450 while making it's quality much lower...The BB Mag rep did say "blow-away" which would mean a huge discrepancy.
2) The SC-61 is 7.2 system with a power output of 125watt/channel while the 1522-K is a 9.2 (actually 11.2 capable) with a power output of 130 watt/channel.
3) The SC-61 has one TI-Aureus DSP chip while the SC-1522-K has two.
4) The SC-61 is not even THX certified and it's not a matter of "did they pay for the certification" (Yamaha receivers may meet THX's requirements but they don't pay for the testing). SC-1522-K is THX Select 2 Plus certified
5) Ths SC-1522-K will pass-through a 4K signal but the SC-61 doesn't. Not that it really makes a difference with actual 4K video content for the average home owner at least a year or more off, but just another advantage in favor for the SC-1522-K.
Being that the 1522-K is selling for $150 less (if you can get your hands on one) and based on Pioneer's own published data, I hope I've shown you that you're being taken for a ride at Best Buy.
It's also been mentioned many times on this forum that the SC-1522-K is the same as the SC-65, just without the Elite badge.
Before buying a DVD Recorder/VCR at Best Buy, I specifcally asked if it would record movies off HBO or is there a copy protection signal that would prevent this. Guess what??? Yup, the BB employee said "No, I'd be able to record with no problem". After the recorder actually showed a message on the TV stating recording not allowed due to copy protection, it went back the very next day.
I'm actually surprised because the Magnolia employees should know what they're talking about, which means he's either:
A) a complete idiot and shouldn't be working in the premium section of the store
B) knows his stuff and knows he's feeding you a complete lie to get the sale.Edited by Pioneer_Elte - 6/7/13 at 7:18pm