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Is there anyone 'in the know' that has any possible info on the state of the Pioneer Elite home audio line; i.e. do you think there will be new models this fall? or will pioneer shut down the home audio market like they did with their display business.
 

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Pioneer's already announced two new receiver models on the low end for 2010, so it appears they plan to stay in home audio. Whether there will be new Elite models remains to be announced.
 

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Replacements of the Elite AVRs are scheduled for release in

September-2010 @ the CEDIA and IFA trade shows. However based upon their shaky financial and market position things are subject to change...

As you may not be aware, Pioneer corporate direction is being dictated by Sharp and Honda which control about 50% of Pioneer...


Just my $0.01...
 

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A 09 update would a) show commitment to the Pio hardcore, b) extend the flagship for a couple more years. Not taking bets, though.
 

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Tim makes a great point. If Pioneer wants to continue in the flagship market, they should make an effort to keep their $7000 platform up-to-date with the same capabilities as what's being sold at $1000. This includes their PQLS anti-jitter signal transfer for HDMI.


Anyone who has looked at, researched or bought a Susano SC-09/LX90 knows it's a take-no-prisoners design. The only thing I can imagine doing to the platform for a "new" model is add those new features. Everything else is just about perfectly executed.


Pioneer can either:


1. Give current owners an opportunity to update theirs for a fee & a trip to a service center. $500 or even close to $1000 would not be unreasonable considering the cost of trading it for a new one.


2. Piss off current owners by not offering an update. At this point, current owners can sell theirs at a loss & buy the new one OR just forget Pioneer, buy a new updateable Denon flagship or prepro & Pioneer loses a long-term customer.


Pioneer's best interest for maintaining good will & customer base is to offer that update when they announce new Elites that will have even more new features or certainly when they announce a new flagship. New buyers get Susano II. Current ones stay in the Pioneer fold by getting a update. Everyone wins.


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^^^


can't put it any better than that...


pioneer needs to feed us...
 
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