Summary: Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the best AVR I have ever owned. I saw this unit come out in 2008 at $7,000 but it was out of my ballpark. Finally got a new one last year (2013) and could not be happier and only spent $3,000. It has iLink for pure Surround Sound, 6 HDMI inputs, count them, a total of 22 inputs (Digital and Analog). 3D workaround is with an OPPO BDP-103 with 2 outputs so one goes directly to the TV.
Summary: This the BEST AVR I bought in my life,in the past I bought SONY,ONKYO,DENON & recently (Istill have it)HARMAN KARDON,but nothing like this BEATIFUL MONSTER: PIONEER ELITE SC 09 TX, I REALLY RECOMEND THIS ONE TO A REAL AUDIO & VIDEO FAN. Before buy this one I thnk a lot in a YAMAHA RX Z11 TX & at the end I make my best choice.
Summary: I purchased this unit at the end of 2010. When playing BD movies, sometimes there would be no sound at the start. I had to turn the system off and restart for the sound to come though. So this required a firmware update. The only was to get an update was to remove the receiver from the system and take it to an authorized service center. Once I got the receiver back, the next problem I had was a very loud popping noise when playing certain movies and music cd's.
Summary: This was flagship rcvr and sounds fantastic, however it was blown out by pioneer at it's end of life in 2010 for around $3500. It is not hdmi 1.4 so won't do 3d video like newer avrs. It is an audiophile grade sound, but latest models w class d amps are very close, much lighter, run cooler and will have much more use for today's hdmi 1.4 components. And much cheaper.
Summary: I was able to fashion a workaround for the fact that this unit does not support 3D passthrough. Beyond that, I am completely satisfied as were the AV guys who helped me with my system. They could not believe the 10.2 setup. It is not a true 10.2 however, because the center left and right channels do not have the same output/volume. It is closer to a 9.2 unless there is a user error on my part and the AV pros.
Summary: Great service, great communication. I tried to order this item from 2 other sites and never got an email or a phone call. George called me within a few hours of my order and this item arrived 48 hours later. Can't wait to hook this baby up!
Kathi Silverman "I love to read but do not ha..., Amazon
16 November 2008
Summary: I have been looking at this receiver for almost a year. My wife surprised me with it for Christmas/Anniversary gift. Well, i have to say it better than I have ever expected. I was able to Bi-amp my speakers now and I have never heard and experienced audio quality like I have now. Not only is the audio quality second to none, the video quality is great. This unit has many features for making home theatre a piece of cake to setup.