Excerpt: For the video purists seeking the ultimate high definition home theater! Features We Like: THX Select2-Certified, HDMI 1.1 and i.LINK switching, MCACC auto calibration and room EQ, component video switching, transcoding of analog video to HDMI with upconversion to 720p or 1080i by Faroudja, two c...
Conclusion: The Pioneer Elite VSX-84TXSi is certainly a versatile all-around performer. It worked extremely well, and all sound sources sounded terrific. I’m a firm believer in using A/V receivers for all switching and aural processing. The A/V receiver is really the heart and soul of a true home theater system and the 84TXSi does not disappoint.
Pros: Four HDMI inputs; 1080p pass-through; component video/S-Video upconversion
Cons: Poorly designed remote control; slightly cumbersome setup
Excerpt: More recently, the Elite DV-45A universal player (DVD-A/DVD-V/SACD) at a fraction the CLD-97's price, passes on the glossy Urushi wood, yet offers performance that would make any Laserdisc player blush. If it weren't for the fact that the DV-45A lacks a digital video output (DVI or HDMI) or an i.LINK connection (meaning six analog channels of heavy cabling verses something less obtrusive than a USB cable), it would still be in my reference rack.
Excerpt: The Pioneer VSX-84TSXi is clearly an AVR for the 21st century. Ample power, outstanding features, and perhaps more importantly in this day and age, an up-to the-minute modern connectivity suite, including iPod compatibility, Windows Media Audio playback and XM Satellite Radio readiness. Of course it's also dialed into the home theater arena with new school features like HDMI and i.LINK switching, and auto setup and calibration with room EQ.
Conclusion: Overall I was very pleased with the Pioneer Elite VSX-84TXSi. It delivered a crisp, clean audio presentation of all the material that I sent its way. There are a number of attractive features that set this receiver apart from other similarly priced products such as Advanced MCACC, four HDMI inputs, a USB PC input and the Sound Retriever. With its overall vast number of inputs this is one of the most flexible A/V receivers currently on the market.