Originally Posted by Audiodork
I owned the VSX-49txi for many years and nothing I have owned since looks and sounds nearly as nice. The only AVR that came close to the 47/49/59 was Denon's AVR-5805.
I sold my 49 to a friend and every time I see it, I kinda wince as these Models are simply stunning. The Onkyo's I have used since HDMI 1.3 was released simply look cheap in comparison. Then again, they were.
Sadly, I am paying for it as my TX-NR3007 is in the shop after 7 Months whereas my 49 has never skipped a beat in around a decade.
I have an old Marantz SR-19EX hooked up and doing so I really can see that not having HDMI Switching is not that huge provided you have Multichannel Analog Inputs.
My 49tx died badly and I tried to get it fixed four times by Pioneer authorized repair people - finally Pioneer let me upgrade to the 59Txi for a fairly reasonable amount ($350 or so I think). I enjoyed the 49Tx a lot, and the 59Txi is great.
I found I DID need the HDMI switching, so I bought a Monoprice HDMI switcher and programmed my Logitech remote to change it when I change functions... i.e., when I watch Dish, the remote turns on the satellite receiver, changes the inputs in the 59Txi, changes the input on the HDMI switcher, and turns on the TV.
Or when I watch Blu-Ray it changes the audio to the analog inputs on the 59Txi, turns on the Blu-Ray player, turns on the TV and switches the HDMI switch to the correct input.
It took a day or so to figure out the Logitech programming, but with that remote it unified the whole process and extended the life of my 59Txi. One button on the Logitech to turn it all on for whatever I need it to do, one button to shut it all off, fairly easy PC-based USB programming.
I DON'T believe the HDMI switcher will handle anything beyond HDMI 1.3b, so 3D wouldn't work... but if you get a switcher that has a remote, the Logitech will switch it. Here's the Monoprice page link: http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...01&cp_id=10110
What it DOESN'T do that I miss is handle iTunes Airplay. THAT would be cool, but it's just coming into usefulness. The next iOS upgrade will vastly improve that with Apple TV, I think. As I write this, I'm remembering how I used to really enjoy SACD and DVD-Audio discs, and the 49TX and 59Txi really worked well with those formats (with my Pioneer 79avi player!). Now most of the music I end up listening to is iTunes. Ugh... I DID get the iPod adaptor for the 59Txi, but it doesn't charge, doesn't have decent menus, etc... not great.