Originally Posted by tedhontz
Hi, new to this site. I'm interested in the VSX-94TXH. Hoping people here can give me some opinions/advice. I have ribbon speakers BG Radia 520's which are 4 ohm. I have currently a Yamaha RX-V3300. It has been an extremely reliable receiver but it offers no HDMI, networking, or newer surround modes. I also will be forced to ditch my dbx processor since no receiver is now made with a pre out main in anymore. I own a wireless music bridge which streams music to my yamaha but I figure the receiver will do this better. My big complaint is that my Yamaha seems BRIGHT/COLD/HARSH as described by others especially when cranked. SO, these are the receivers I am interested in. Please help me with advice on choosing one since there are no local shops around here that carry these model. 1. Pioneer Elite VSX-94TXH @ $1100. 2. Onkyo TX-NR905 $1550. 3. Denon AVR-4308CI at $1950. 4. Denon AVR-3808 @ $1150. 4. Yamaha RX-V3800 @ $1100. Also, do any of you know if the pioneer has a direct audio mode for true pure 2 channel audio? My main use of a receiver is audio followed by video. I also own a lot of MP3's. I'm ready to buy so your input is appreciated. thanks!!
First, make sure that any of the 4 avr's you quoted are from authorized dealers and check from the manufactures website or call the manufacture to confirm.
You can read my post # 1690 in this thread about my opinion on the VSX-94TXH. I am using the 94 at this time for HT.http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...vsx-94&page=57
The processor on the 94 is the MCACC, which is built by Open Air Studios for Pioneer. It also has the advanced software option if you really want to fine tune your audio.
I would check with BG Radia to see if the speakers can be bi-amp. I do remember that they are geared for bi-wire, but bi-amp would be the better case. The 94 does do bi-amping, in fact, I would advise to bi-amp the ribbon. A ribbon like your size likes allot of power. Your sound stage will open up.
Alot of other owners of the 94, use the 94 as a pre-amp and have great success. The 94 gives you a lot flexibility.
Their is a direct stereo function on the 94.