This receiver was so far ahead of its time, the new ones are still trying to catch up
29 September 2011
Summary: I'm going to skip the boring stuff like listing all of the inputs, long story short, 2 optical, 2 coaxial, 2 component, no HDMI. This shouldn't be your biggest concern anyway. Real Brass tax: This has your standard blowout protection, so no concern there. The Sound quality is on par with anything once you set everything up. It is a 6.1 receiver that is expandable to 7.1 simulated surround.
Summary: I purchased this receiver used a couple months ago. So far it's done very well. In comparison to today's receivers this one doesn't have half of the 'bells and whistles,' but it does a great job with the basics. I went with the Pioneer brand because the my 13 year old Pioneer Pro Logic receiver outlasted my 7 year old Kenwood DD/DTS receiver. The receiver sounds great with movies (in both DD and DTS) as well as music (in DD/DTS or just a stereo CD).
Summary: I currently have it set up in 5.1 mode (I have had it in 7.1 mode, but the other two speakers didn't sound as good and I took them out of the loop) running audio for my 3 computers, tv, and xbox360 and they all sound great. The sound quality is awesome at high and low volumes. It does a good job of decoding the position of the sound and sending it to the right speaker across both input methods (RCA and optical) I have tried.
Summary: I've owned this for >2 years now. Of late the receiver has started going into Amp Error mode and I believe this is because it is unable to deliver the high current the speakers demand for movie watching. One thing to note is I am using this in the 5.0 mode with no subwoofer and that may be one of the causes.
Excerpt: - Initial Note - My parents recently travelled to the States, and was expecting a gift when they got home, but have instead bought the Pioneer Reciever. They had been talking about getting a good surround system, as they watch the television quite a lot (too much), and generally listen to a lot of music when entertaining. I must say they have got a brilliant buy, and at an affordable price.
Pros: Fantastic sound Quality, affordable (without losing manufacturer quality), Very easy to use, can handle several speakers without the need for adding additional amps, Plenty of inputs and outputs (ideal if you want to hook it up to the stereo and tv)
Cons: None . My parents have bought the system, and have a technological knowledge of zero, therefore they find the use of the remote control a little confusing, but after set - up and a good read of the manual, its relatively easy to get to grips with