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post #181 of 192
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Originally Posted by mgfred View Post

I can't remember or don't know if you mentioned what you have for speakers, but if you feel confident you 59TXi is all fixed.. go for new speakers (or get your current ones fixed if there's value in that). Through the last few years I've checked out new receivers and when I was pretty sure Pioneer was never going to get the parts to repair my 59, I bought another 59 on Ebay. Now of course that week Pioneer called me to say my parts were shipping.... I love my 59TXi and although there's no decoding HD audio or HDMI, I'm able to get around that with my BDP-09FD. I have a Pioneer IDK-01 to handle my iPod and a onyX XM radio with the home kit for satellite radio, heck I can keep my 59TXi going for another decade (as long as my cat stays away from it). The 59 combo of a DV-59AVi and VSX-59TXi is incredible for SACD/DVD-Audio via the iLink connection.

Keep your VSX-59TXi and just build around it!

Fred

thanks Fred - I didn't spot your reply before so sorry I didn't reply

re the Pioneer - well I'm pleased to say - that 3 weeks later and the Pioneer 59Txi is still working perfectly - not a single glitch so I'm certain the fuse had mechanically broken (probably due to the heat cycles inside of the receiver) rather than blown.

happy days as it still sound superb
post #182 of 192
New life in the old 59TXi!

I'd been frustrated with the lack of HDMI ports and AirPlay, and was thinking of upgrading to maybe the new Pioneer Elite SC-67 or SC-68. I had been using a Monoprice 4 component HDMI switcher and it was OK, and the Pioneer iPod dock for the receiver was kind of cludgy. My old TV (Sony XBR960) died so I upgraded to a Panasonic 55GT50 plasma with 4 HDMI slots, and since it did 3D, I upgraded my old Pio Elite 94 BR player to a new Panasonic BDT500 that has analog multi-channel outs that would work with the 59TXi. AWESOME! Works/sounds great.

That left the AirPlay issue - got an Apple TV (3rd gen) for just under $100, plugged it into an HDMI port on the Panasonic, plugged a TosLink cable into the 59TXi, and now I have AirPlay. I use a Harmony One to do all the switching, and it's pretty nice.

I was really struggling about spending another $2k or more on a receiver comparable in sound and quality to the 59TXi - although I see a couple of places selling the Denon 4311 for about $1300-tempting, but for about $100 and some patience in programming the Harmony One, I'm doing pretty good.

The 59TXi was kind of a "courtesy upgrade" from Pioneer because my 49TX died a horrible death and several trips to an authorized repair place only made it worse - the upgrade cost me about $400 I think - not too shabby, but the 49TX was about $2k as I recall, so I have a few bucks invested in this thing. Trying to make it work a while longer. I like the way it drives my Energy Veritas 7.1's.

Larry
post #183 of 192
well rest your mind - when my 59TXi was seemingly broken I bought a 4311

the EQ was very good indeed (although overbright for my liking) - gave a slightly better surround field than the 59TXi BUT overall SQ, and cinematic punch was not in same league as the Pioneer frown.gif the Pioneer seemed to pull more detail out of the mix, and is much more dynamic . The Pioneer 59TXi is one of the few (I've tried one of the new SC series to no avail) receivers I've heard that both goes loud AND still sounds dynamic - if that makes sense. Effortless is probably a good word.

without going into Hifi terms - the Pio sounds better smile.gif

I managed to fix the 59TXi smile.gif (fixed it myself .... !!) - so I sold the 4311 - and not regretted it. Don't get me wrong - in the price bracket I could afford (up to 2K) the Denon 4311 demoed the best out of it's peers - but still .....

been tempted with an Anthem MRX - but not convinced it will sound as good as the Pioneer
post #184 of 192
Glad to read there are some still enjoying this excellent receiver smile.gif
Pioneer's best....certainly the best before the change to class D amps.

IMHO, the 59TXi was the best on build quality. The only SC model that equals on build quality was the SC-09. But I am biased since I own and owned both wink.gif
post #185 of 192
Larry, Mark:
I'm always glad to hear about VSX-59TXi's still in service! I was really afraid back in 2010 that mine was gone and I would have to move on from the model, instead my 59TXi is running great a year after the repair and I have a backup incase anything else happens. I've been able to work around any obstacle and keeping my 59TXi as the main receiver in my home. No HDMI? I connect my BDP-09FD and DV-59AVi directly to my TV via DVI and Component interfaces. The 09FD BD player decodes the HD audio via analog to the 59TXi, the 59AVI connects via iLink (which I still love!). No plug for an iPod? I have a Pioneer IDK-01 iPod dock that connects to the receiver, it even has a remote with it. No plug for XM radio? I have a XM radio tuner with a "home" kit that I use mostly for NFL games, connected to the 59TXi via analog, it has a remote control too! Whether it's a new BD disc filling the house with 7.1 sound or a DVD of a 50 year old film playing 2 ch mono through my 2 main speakers, the VSX-59TXi just keeps on doing it job every day 7 years running (with 11 months in the shop vacation). While I am now on my 3rd computer in 12 years, I don't see my Pioneer "Flagship" receiver going anywhere!
Fred
post #186 of 192
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Originally Posted by ss9001 View Post

Glad to read there are some still enjoying this excellent receiver smile.gif
Pioneer's best....certainly the best before the change to class D amps.

IMHO, the 59TXi was the best on build quality. The only SC model that equals on build quality was the SC-09. But I am biased since I own and owned both wink.gif

i'd agree with that... smile.gif

unlike mark though, i like the 4311 better than both the 59 and the 09... fortunately, we have options... smile.gif
post #187 of 192
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Originally Posted by ccotenj View Post

i'd agree with that... smile.gif
unlike mark though, i like the 4311 better than both the 59 and the 09... fortunately, we have options... smile.gif

smile.gif are you using the 4311 as a pre-pro or an all-in one receiver

I just found the 4311 a bit fuzzy sounding, and over-bright (even with EQ off) - "tsssing" to all voice s's etc
post #188 of 192
My 59 has performed flawlessly for years and I have used it every single day but am thinking of getting a new amp as a pre/pro for the HDMI,etc. Probably going to wait to see how the sc-68s pan out and hopefully they could become good mates. Has anyone else done something like this with theirs?
post #189 of 192
@mark....

all in one... i ditched my bryston when i got it, as i proved to myself that the 4311 would drive my speakers to whatever levels i needed...

hmmm... not here, but it's also possible that my ears aren't picking up on it... smile.gif i'm getting old... frown.gif
post #190 of 192
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Originally Posted by mcmaz View Post

My 59 has performed flawlessly for years and I have used it every single day but am thinking of getting a new amp as a pre/pro for the HDMI,etc. Probably going to wait to see how the sc-68s pan out and hopefully they could become good mates. Has anyone else done something like this with theirs?

if you were going to go in this direction, you could go with a much more modestly priced avr as the pre-pro...

i wouldn't personally... but that's me... i would find it rather pointless to buy a sc and then not use it's amplification...
post #191 of 192
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Originally Posted by ccotenj View Post

if you were going to go in this direction, you could go with a much more modestly priced avr as the pre-pro...
i wouldn't personally... but that's me... i would find it rather pointless to buy a sc and then not use it's amplification...

I have entered and won many "Most pointless endeavor" contests but I was wondering about that as well. I find sometimes with the higher end of the product lines the build is a little better but I guess if all the features are there and it is from the same line the pre/pro section should maintain the same quality without the extra amplification.
post #192 of 192
^^^

lol.... i too have made a few entries into that contest... tongue.gif
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