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#160632 - 03/04/07 05:45 PM A question to Pioneer VSX-84TXSi owners
Meloman Offline
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Registered: 01/28/07
Posts: 2
Loc: Toronto, ON
Hi everybody. I'm a new owner of Axiom speakers (M60's, QS8's, VP150), but cannot enjoy them yet as still deciding on a receiver. I'm going to use HTPC as music source and, since my PC does not have digital sound output, I'm considering buying a receiver with USB input. I beleive receiver would do DAC much better than my PC's onboard soundcard -that's why I don't want to use analog connection. I don't feel like buying another soundcard with SPDIF output either since 1)it's better to invest to a better receiver than to a second soundcard, 2)there would be still PCM to SPDIF conversion in PC and than back in the receiver, while receiver connected via USB would actually work as external sound card and PC's sound card would be bypassed entirely.
I'm thinking therefore about Pioneer VSX-84TXSi- it's one of those few receivers in this price range ($1000-$1500) that have USB input for streaming audio. Of course, it is not the main reason why I'm considering this receiver, but it's really a 'nice to have' feature, while this receiver is packed with lots of other great features. I found a lot of positive reviews on this model online, besides, I have a Pioneer PDP, so I could use the advantage of SR+ as well.
I still, however, cannot find some details about USB input of this receiver online, so I would appreciate if someone could answer these questions that I have:
1) Is that possible to set VSX-84TXSi so that when I switch it to USB input, it would switch video input as well (in other words, I will connect PC's DVI to 84's HDMI and when streaming audio from PC over USB, I want to be able to see video signal from PC on my TV too). AFAIK there is a separate button on remote control for USB input, so I'm just concerned how this input is compattible with the other ones;
2) When using USB input, will such basic IR signals as "play", "stop" etc. from Pioneer's remote forwarded to receiver change their codes to control Windows Media Player or whatever I'll be using for playback and be transmitted back to PC over USB? The manual for another AVR with USB input, H/K AVR 745, clearly states that it will, but there is very little information in 84's manual about it's USB input. I beleive, it should do so, as again, it's like an external soundcard, but not quite sure.
I certainly may be wrong in understanding how it all works, so, any comments and/or suggestions of any kind are highly appreciated.
Thank you.

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#160633 - 03/05/07 10:01 PM Re: A question to Pioneer VSX-84TXSi owners [Re: Meloman]
HAY Offline
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Registered: 12/31/03
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Loc: Burlington, Ontario
Meloman, congrats on getting the speakers! It must pain you to see them there and not have any sound coming out

I can't provide any input on the receiver you mentioned but I sent you a PM with another Pioneer Elite receiver on sale near you. I think it may be the previous model, but the price seems really good.
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#160634 - 03/06/07 11:28 PM Re: A question to Pioneer VSX-84TXSi owners [Re: HAY]
Meloman Offline
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Registered: 01/28/07
Posts: 2
Loc: Toronto, ON
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Meloman, congrats on getting the speakers! It must pain you to see them there and not have any sound coming out

I can't provide any input on the receiver you mentioned but I sent you a PM with another Pioneer Elite receiver on sale near you. I think it may be the previous model, but the price seems really good.




Hi HAY, thanks a lot! You're right, after getting the speakers, I cannot delay buying the receiver any longer- just cannot see them staying in silence. I've sent you a reply in PM.

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#160635 - 03/07/07 11:24 AM Re: A question to Pioneer VSX-84TXSi owners [Re: Meloman]
Krich Offline
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Registered: 02/19/07
Posts: 93
Loc: Duvall, WA
I just picked up my Pioneer VSX-84TXSi yesterday after being a month on backorder. Hopefully it doesn't have the LFE problem.

Anyway, to get to one of your questions... From having only an hour or two to fool around with the receiver, I believe that you cannot push one button and have the USB audio and DVI video playing at the same time. You can, I think, push the button for USB audio, then push another button, "video source select" or something like that, which will switch the video source, but not the audio source. If you don't mind all the button mashing, I'm pretty sure it's doable. Haven't tried USB audio, but I did a similar thing with the iPod connection and it worked fine.
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#160636 - 03/07/07 11:30 AM Re: A question to Pioneer VSX-84TXSi owners [Re: Krich]
Murph Offline
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I believe that you cannot push one button and have the USB audio and DVI video playing at the same time. You can, I think, push the button for USB audio, then push another button, "video source select" or something like that, which will switch the video source, but not the audio source. If you don't mind all the button mashing, I'm pretty sure it's doable. Haven't tried USB audio, but I did a similar thing with the iPod connection and it worked fine.




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#160637 - 03/10/07 01:37 PM Re: A question to Pioneer VSX-84TXSi owners [Re: Meloman]
HAY Offline
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Registered: 12/31/03
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Loc: Burlington, Ontario
Don't know if you saw this POST but another owner of the receiver you're looking at...
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