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Anyone know this receiver?

10-31-2006, 07:49 AM
I'm very interested in this receiver:
"PIONEER VSX-1016TXVK THX Select AV Receiver"
But I can't find a single customer review of it and the brick n mortar stores around me don't carry it.
It looks good, but I hate to buy without some reassurance.
Can anyone direct me to a place that has reviewed this unit, or to someone who has experienced it?

10-31-2006, 09:37 AM
Here is a pretty decent c-net review (http://reviews.cnet.com/Pioneer_VSX_1016TXV/4505-6466_7-32026748.html?tag=pdtl-list).

Conclusion first: I think you could do worse, much worse, in that price range. The Perfect Vision recommends the Pioneer VSX-816K ($399 list), probably an earlier cousin, so the unit in which you are interested cannot be junk. As many are. The Harmon Kardon AVR 140 gets a mention too ($499 list).

I am not real high on Pioneer, and I think the Pioneer Elite would be better (OK, that's probably obvious - and more $$). I am quite intrigued by Outlaw Audio, and one of the regular posters here has their A/V receiver, but it is $899 unless you find one used.

To me, if you are spending less than $500, your goal is to avoid getting a piece of junk. I think the Pioneer you are looking at would certainly be reasonably good (accurate, all that other stuff) as opposed to some other lesser brands. Really, the only other mfr. I would seriously consider would be Denon, for under $500.

From the c-net review:
"The bad: HDMI switching is for video only, which means you'll have to hook up audio cables as well."

Actually, didn't I just read that you are better off running your audio from your DVD's coax or optical out, even if you are using HDMI? Something about better quality audio when it is not run in the same cable as the video?

10-31-2006, 10:01 AM
Thanks alot Delsfan. Very helpful information.
I think I'll take a chance on it.
I'm replacing a 15 yr. old Sony pro logic receiver, so I'm guessing I'll be very impressed with this one.
That info about the hdmi switching made me a little concerned, but your response to that made sense.