Conclusion: Forgive the LX01 its standard definition trespasses, and this is one (as Burt Ward might have said at his peak) holy terror of a sound system, Batman. Match it up with a Kuro plasma and you’ll have the perfect AV experience – for this year, at least.
Pros: Leave your one-box home cinema prejudices at the stage door – this system can take on audiophile all-comers. Cute satellite speakers pump out sound waves in all directions, immersing you in dialogue or music. When the action cranks up, 400W of amplification and the dual-drive two-channel sub will make your neighbours tremble in awe (or possibly come round with a cricket bat). A 250GB hard drive records Freeview programmes and handles the biggest music collection, ripp...
Cons: Where’s the Hi-Def? The LX01’s upscaling DVD player is a poor substitute for a genuine HD spinner – and upgrading to Pioneer’s (admittedly rather gorgeous) Blu-ray player nearly doubles the price of the system. The Freeview decoder is strictly standard def, too, so don’t expect to take advantage of Freeview HD when that sails into view in the years ahead.
Summary: Einige Heimkinosysteme wollen es allen recht machen, bieten letztlich aber nur Durchschnittliches. Pioneers LX01 versucht, in allen Bereichen zu glänzen: beim Sehen, Hören und Aufzeichnen. Doch eine solche Top-Performance fordert auch ihren Preis.