I posted a little out-of-the-box review of the JVC in that huge thread over at AudioCircle and I just wanted to chime in here with my experience with the JVC RX-ES1 as well since so many people are interested in these little wonders
I already ruled this receiver out for HT. as it shut off whith the volume at 30 during LOTR in dd ex mode last night and the volume tops out at 50.
I have listened to a total of 9 DVDs set up for 5.1 with the JVC. I have Polk RTi4s all around and a JBL PB-12 subwoofer--in other words a very MODEST system. I have had the volume up to 32 which is absolutely UNBEARABLY loud for my listening area( approx 12 X 15 )to the point where my wife and daughter have left the house to go somewhere else while "daddy plays with his system"
The receiver has NEVER shut down once and never sounded distorted or compressed--just so 'freakin loud I could not stand it. I have played a total of 3 entire DVDs with the volume at 32--not just for a few minutes, and the receiver just hummed along and never overloaded or shut down.
I don't want people to become discouraged about using these receivers for 5.1 or 6.1 duties even though Earz did have a bad experience.
Unless you have woofers that are 4 3/4 in diameter or less. you should be running in full range whith any of the digital receivers imo
I think that might be part of the problem Earz as to why your receiver shut down while watching a DVD. I must respectfully disagree with that statement--and I do realize you said IMO
--physical size of a driver should NEVER determine at what point the crossover should be set to. I realize physics is physics but you should always use frequency response to determine at what point a crossover should be set to. I even go one better and let my in-room frequency response decide where the crossover is set to ( if the receiver allows it ). Running 5.1 or 6.1 duties with all speakers set to large is a BAD idea and puts HUGE demands on your receiver. There are a lot of analog receivers that can't do that so I wouldn't expect these little "mini me" receivers to able to as well. I realize there are always exceptions to everything but unless you have 5 or 6 full-range speakers that can actually put out 20-20--and that is exceedingly rare, you should always set speakers to small for home theater duty.My Polks are set to small and I use the 80Hz crossover on the JVC and have no shut down problems. Maybe it's the FX-10's that have this problem since they're 6.1 as opposed to my ES1 which is only 5.1? Maybe they're cheating and using the same power supply for both models?
I just wanted to say that I actually sold my Pioneer Elite 45TX and bought the JVC RX-ES1SL for $179 + shipping and I think it actually sounds better
!! I sh!t you not and feel somewhat embarrassed by that statement, and I'm sure there will be people here thinking "What--is he high or something--is he crazy?!?!"
The 45TX is obviously a classic and has WAY more features & options and sounds fantastic BUT--I hear what I hear and for me these new little digital receivers are the wave of the future. Listening to Joe Satriani is just nirvana--the tube-like sound of the JVC compliments the sound of his guitar playing so perfectly I have never heard music sound this good in my life--it sounds VERY tubey--digital all the way baby!