Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Metro-Detroit, MI
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As some here know, my Denon AVR-4520CI kinda died a few months ago, and I replaced it with a Pioneer SC-65 that I had been using as a second zone receiver. This Pioneer SC-65 is under-powered!!! It shut-down 3 times this past weekend, as I played BluRays at ~8dB below reference. My room is 3750cu.ft., and my speakers are generally 14ft away from my seating position. And I already have my front qty3 main speakers powered by an Emotiva XPA3, so the Pioneer is only running qty6 channels. The Surround Rears are 4ohm, and I'm wondering if that is the culprit. Whatever, it is WEAK.
So I know my old Denon was a Flagship model, and my Pioneer is a second-tier unit. Perhaps the THX-Ultra certified SC-67 would have been sufficient, but I assume NOT, due to the shutdown I experienced was well-below reference. And to see the Elite models were still rated with 1kHz instead of full-range, that's further evidence of admitted weakness. I only spent ~$300 for it, but for anyone who paid close to the $1600 list price, I hope they got all the power they needed!
Anyway - My old Denon is not totally dead - the amps are still fully functioning, but the unit has a blown DSP (Denon no longer carries replacement chipsets) so the ONLY input that functions is the 7CH analog In. That's perfect - I'm going to use the Pioneer as a 100% Pre-Amp - I'll continue to send the front qty3 channels to the XPA3, and the remaining channels will be fed to the Denon. I'm excited to put the Denon back into useful service.