Excerpt: Purchased this amp to replace one which still worked fine, but was getting increasingly hard to configure new equipment options. Because of the connectivity options setup was and maybe still more to come, the most complicated I have encountered. I went through the AVNavigator program, which was helpful, but not the end all, It did give an option for hdmi for the Sat/Cable box but in the end it came out co-axial, which I had to change to hdmi. I talk about the setup being complicated but if one was to play with the various input options, you can get accustom to them very quickly because they follow in an understandable menu system. The auto sound setup systems are extremely easy to enter, you just plug in the provided mic and you are automatically put into the setup mode. You can pick either basic, expert (which takes a little longer) or the manual mode (which I have not used yet). Using the expert was very easy, it told me my subwoofer volume needed to be turned down, which was the only adjustment I had to make. The results were very good. You do have to be careful where things are positioned in the room and make sure nothing is blocking the sound path from speakers to the mic. Also that items which could absorb sound are not too close the speakers, such as full laundry baskets. The various surround sound options work very well from the limited testing I have tried. Have not setup the multi room option yet. Have used Airplay from our Mac computer and it worked very well.
Pros: Flexibility, Power, Self Sound Setup
Cons: Complexity of directions
Pioneer SC57 the good, the bad and the ugly
Jerry Fagin, Amazon
27 October 2011
Summary: The good: This is the best sounding receiver I have ever owned or experienced. It is a technological powerhouse with every known bell and whistle and then some.