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#294362 - 02/28/10 01:49 PM Pioneer VSX-9040TXH
Dduval Offline
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Hey all,

Been researching the 9040 and I see it's virtually identical to the Pioneer Elite VSX-21TXH, except with 1 year warranty instead of 2yr and an "elite" badge.

Amazon has the 9040 on sale with good reviews, and I was wondering if anyone here has 9040 or the vsx-21, and if so, can you comment? likes, dislikes?

I am more interested in the features. I have external mono blocks, so the pioneer avr amp is not driving my M80's.

I wanted a decent avr before I move forward with the v150 and QS8's. Any opinions welcome...and thanks!

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#294391 - 02/28/10 04:03 PM Re: Pioneer VSX-9040TXH [Re: Dduval]
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I've had the VSX-21TXH for about 2 months. I don't have a lot of experience with receivers, so I'm not much help here. I'm not dissappointed in the power it puts out, sometimes I get really impressed with the power output, as in loud and deep bass in some material out of M22's.

I'm satisfied with straight stereo for music and Neo: 6 Cinema for movies. I'm somewhat satisfied with the tuner quality, but I may look into getting a higher quality antenna sometime. So far, I haven't had any problems with it.

Edit: The MCACC equalizer does a good job of improving sound quality. I used the front stage stereo settings for a while, but switched to straight stereo for a more realistic quality. I do turn on the sound retriever. It enhances bass and treble without going overboard.


Edited by CatBrat (02/28/10 04:12 PM)

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#294394 - 02/28/10 04:11 PM Re: Pioneer VSX-9040TXH [Re: CatBrat]
Dduval Offline
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Thanks Cat...appreciate it, I see most owners are happy.

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#294500 - 03/01/10 01:32 AM Re: Pioneer VSX-9040TXH [Re: Dduval]
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Dana, the determining feature may well be the respective room-correction processing systems. My view would be to give a preference to one of the Denon or Onkyo models in a similar price area with Audyssey MultEQ.
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#294530 - 03/01/10 07:32 AM Re: Pioneer VSX-9040TXH [Re: JohnK]
Dduval Offline
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Yes John,

That has been a big debate in my mind, audyssey or MCACC. The more I read about it, I just don't know..:)

The 9040 is $514.00, can you recommend a Denon or Onkyo at that price with pre outs? I can't seem to find one with the same features around that price...

Thanks so much,

Dduval
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#294842 - 03/03/10 03:43 AM Re: Pioneer VSX-9040TXH [Re: Dduval]
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Yes, the Onkyo 707 factory refurb from Accessories4less for about $500 should be considered. My experience with factory refurbs has been good and my view is that they should be even more reliable than brand new units.
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#294846 - 03/03/10 07:36 AM Re: Pioneer VSX-9040TXH [Re: JohnK]
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That's a nice unit, thanks John!

Dduval
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#295221 - 03/05/10 12:39 PM Re: Pioneer VSX-9040TXH [Re: Dduval]
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Decided on the Pioneer VSX-9040TXH. Got it yesterday, so far I'm loving it. Big difference from my old yammy.

Haven't had a chance to check out HDMI video performance yet, but so far no problems, that's actually shocking given my luck with new audio gear... \:\(

Dduval
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#295232 - 03/05/10 01:56 PM Re: Pioneer VSX-9040TXH [Re: Dduval]
Micah Offline
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Glad to hear you're happy with it.
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#295251 - 03/05/10 05:27 PM Re: Pioneer VSX-9040TXH [Re: Micah]
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Same as the 21TXH which I have. I love it also. I think it has great power for the M22's anyway. I'm interested in how good it drives the M80's.

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