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#352173 - 07/20/11 10:21 PM Re: Pioneer Elite VSX-33 any good? [Re: Bentley]
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Gordon, welcome. In its basic function as an amplifier the VSX-33 is certainly one of the modern receivers which has reached a high level of excellence. Silly comments aside, however, valid reasons exist for choosing other units. Examine the features that you want at the best price you can get. My own suggestions have usually been Denon or Onkyo models, since in my view Audyssey MultEQ setup and room equalization is a must-have for better overall sound.
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#352180 - 07/20/11 10:55 PM Re: Pioneer Elite VSX-33 any good? [Re: Bentley]
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I agree that there are few Pioneer owners out there, Denon and Onkyo are nice too. Nothing wrong with them. El Gato just likes to call names. grin Now those M80 owners, they may be snobs... laugh
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#352183 - 07/20/11 11:08 PM Re: Pioneer Elite VSX-33 any good? [Re: JohnK]
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The main reason for getting the VSX-33 is the pre-outs, though I don't think I will need an external amp right now, I want to have the option to add it in the future and to get pre-outs on a comparable Onkyo or Denon I would have to pay around $300 more from what I have seen. Pioneer has MCACC which might not be quite as good as Audyssey MultEQ but is good enough for my setup I think. I like Onkyo and actually set my parents up with an Onkyo receiver which has worked great, but with the features I am looking for the Onkyo and Denon are more expensive than the Pio. I am definitely looking around and this forum has helped a lot! Thanks for your suggestions JohnK.
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#352200 - 07/21/11 08:22 AM Re: Pioneer Elite VSX-33 any good? [Re: Bentley]
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Oh and to nickbuoi,

Nickboi...our resident Gangsta Rapper.... grin
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#352204 - 07/21/11 09:12 AM Re: Pioneer Elite VSX-33 any good? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Oh my bad, Nickbuol haha I think I like Nickbuoi better though grin
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#352206 - 07/21/11 10:06 AM Re: Pioneer Elite VSX-33 any good? [Re: Bentley]
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Whatz up home skilletz?
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#352212 - 07/21/11 10:43 AM Re: Pioneer Elite VSX-33 any good? [Re: nickbuol]
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Don't forget the harmon/kardon line.

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#352224 - 07/21/11 12:42 PM Re: Pioneer Elite VSX-33 any good? [Re: Bentley]
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Bentley, does the VSX-33 your looking at now have OSD and multi point X overs? Curious if Pioneer has added these features since I purchased a few years ago.

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#352237 - 07/21/11 03:21 PM Re: Pioneer Elite VSX-33 any good? [Re: cb919]
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It has the OSD, I don't think it has multi point crossovers though.. Milford I haven't looked at the harmon kardon line as much as others, mainly because in the past when I looked at them they seemed to be pricier than the other brands. I could be wrong though, I'll take a look at them tonight.
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#352268 - 07/22/11 10:17 AM Re: Pioneer Elite VSX-33 any good? [Re: Bentley]
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HK are good if not better in regards to its power specifications but they have a history of being more expensive and most importantly don't offer IMO the bang for buck in overall features compared to Denon and Onkyo across the product line.

I was just reading an article on some of the entry level 2011 units on a bunch of different manufacturers and the Denon and Onkyo blow the HK out of the water and also in turn being $150-$200 less.
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