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Master Geek


# 127325 6-Aug-2013 15:12
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I have posted this question on AV forums and thought afterwards, I should have asked here first, so sorry for that, but question as below :)

I have the Pioneer VSX-LX60 receiver at present, which is my first and only ever Receiver. A few times now while watching TV have lost the picture and sound for about 3-4 seconds and then it comes back fine. I have noticed that when this happens the Pioneer front panel lights dim and them came back at the same time. I suspect that it is the receiver causing the problem.
Instead of having it looked at and repaired, I thought I might purchase a new unit.
Can someone suggest an equivalent new receiver to replace this with. As I have not had any other I am not sure whether to stick with Pioneer or look at say a Denon, Sony Yamaha .... you get the drift, I have no idea

It will be hooked up with -
Panasonic TH-L55ET60Z LED TV,
Panasonic DMP-BDT330 Bluray,
Polk Audio RT1 A7 mains,
PolkAudio CS10 center,
Polk Audio PSW110 sub
(and am looking at adding rears soon)

thanks for any help,

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Uber Geek

  # 872740 6-Aug-2013 16:02
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The equivalent from Pioneer would be either an SCLX56 or SCLX76... and if you want to indulge, a SCLX86. But that's 5k at retail.
If you're happy with the Pioneer sound (having listened to your speakers, I believe would work well with Polk's), go that way. If you want to try something different, take a look at the Yamaha's, the voicing of their amps should also combine nicely with the Polk's factory sound. The interface / spec can be pretty sweet, something like the RXV1075 (or equivalent, but often tricky to get a good deal on) Aventage series.
Of course, the usual advice follows, take a listen to the amps first, then have a go with the remote, check out the control app etc.

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Master Geek


  # 872944 7-Aug-2013 05:06
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Thank you Dunnersfella for the reply, will look at the Yamaha range when I am ready to replace. Have been very happy with my Pioneer, but would like to also look and listen to other brands.

thanks again,


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Ultimate Geek

  # 873005 7-Aug-2013 09:21
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i too have pioneer at the moment but if i was to upgrade i would be looking at marantz

the model i looked at was the SR7007 (there is a new model out now SR7008 so the SR7007 should be cheap now)

i auditioned the amp with both kef and b&w speakers and it was a nice warm sound

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Uber Geek

  # 873010 7-Aug-2013 09:33
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I just upgraded from a low end Pioneer to a Marantz SR6003. Huuuge difference :)

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Uber Geek

  # 873052 7-Aug-2013 10:56
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Always worth going to check some out - I can recommend AV World on Dominion Road if you are in AKL - as a customer.

Don't let their website put you off - they have a decent range and not just super pricey - plus they can let you try stuff out too.

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Uber Geek

  # 873092 7-Aug-2013 11:47
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+1 for AV World

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Master Geek


  # 873097 7-Aug-2013 11:52
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Thank you all for the help, looks like I will have to make a trip soon into Auckland to see AV World and I should also go and see Paul Money Stereo as well.

thanks again,


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Uber Geek

  # 873503 7-Aug-2013 20:45
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Asmodeus: I just upgraded from a low end Pioneer to a Marantz SR6003. Huuuge difference :)

SR6003? I'm picking you went second hand? That'd have to be 2008-2009 right? (Just working backwards from the SR6007 that came out in 2012).
And yup, the Denon / Marantz 'house sound' is warmer, some would say 'slow', but probably not at the SR7007 level.
Then again, at that price point, you could easily consider a 7 channel power amp plus pre-amp...

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