It’s been a month since I posted, but the blog has been on the back of my mind and I have a series of posts that I have drafted in my memory. I’ve been a little busy setting up my home theatre and dealing with defective receivers/TV’s.
I’m still waiting on my passive 3D TV from LG, it should be in at some point this week. I even bought a couple 3D blurays to test the 3D out. Jurassic Park and The Hobbit.
As far as my receiver trouble goes, the HDMI board blew on my Harman Kardon AVR 2650, so I have been dealing with that. This was my second H/K receiver in one year and so I returned the product for a full refund to Amazon. In the last few weeks I have been researching a replacement, finally I decided on a Pioneer VSX-1123-K. I liked the feature set and connectivity options this receiver had to offer. Also in the AVS Forum pioneer receivers came highly recommended so I took the plunge.
First Impressions were good, I liked the fact that the remote was riddled with buttons, labels and sub labels. To me this means one thing this thing has options, and if there is one thing I like in my electronics, it is options. The remote felt kind of light and cheap, H/K remote was a bit heavier and beefier.
The sound after running the MCACC is much nicer on the Pioneer, it seemed the the HK preferred the boomy sound over a fine balance of highs, mids, and lows. I really love the sound on this receiver, it is very movie theatre like.
I no longer need the HDMI detective, video and sound flicker is gone this receiver has none, and finally I have the ARC working from my TV to the receiver.
The Android app for the receiver is a nice bonus as well.
I will do a full review on the Receiver in the near future, I’m still playing with it and figuring out the speaker settings. The cross over on the Pioneers is a little different than the competition, instead of each speaker having it’s own crossover the crossover is universal, however there are other factors that play into Pioneers crossover.
In the next series of posts I will cover a home theatre setup, starting with server and media player, receiver, and finally TV.
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