Pioneer VSX-43 7.1-Channel Networked Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 7 - Discrete Power Amplifiers
- 6 - HDMI Inputs with MHL 2.0 Compatibility (Front)
- AirPlay, HTC Connect, and Pandora Music Streaming
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When it comes to listening, the Elite VSX-43 is a 560-watt powerhouse that delivers sound to rival bigger receivers. Seven discrete amplifiers each produce 80 watts of Elite power for 7.1-channel surround. The VSX-43 supports formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio to give your Blu-ray Disc soundtracks unsurpassed audio quality. Pioneer also includes all of the Dolby and DTS surround formats, including the newest Dolby Pro Logic IIz height channel.
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After making the purchase and living with the unit for a few weeks, I'm really happy with the solution, and delighted with some of the features that I didn't think I'd even use. AirPlay works exactly as I'd hoped. All of my video sources are switched through the unit to the TV. The auto speaker setup and auto signal processing means I'm getting great sound from every different source. Add to that Pandora and other network straeming features, and I'm really pleased with the VSX-43.
And to add to my satisfaction, the seller and Pioneer tech support were great to work with. I thought I'd received a defective unit and the seller immediately sent me a return authorization. Luckily, I simultaneously sent a question to the Pioneer tech support folks to ask about the behavior I was seeing, and they responded with a solution (it turned out to be that their documentation didn't clearly describe the proper setup for my speakers / subwoofer configuration). So the return wasn't needed for that issue. But then there was another issue that seemed to indicate that the unit had a (very minor) problem, and this time the Pioneer tech support folks confirmed that the behavrior was incorrect. Again, the seller said "ship it back and I'll get Pioneer to fix it under warranty." I recalled that I'd had warranty service done on a Pioneer unit many years ago locally, so I asked if we could do things that way, and the vendor immediately sent the paperwork for me to get that done. So we saved the cost and hassle of shipping the unit back and I hand carried it to the warranty center here ... where they discovered that the "broken" feature was another poorly documented configuration setting.
So the bottom line is: great vendor, great product, not-so-great documentation from Pioneer ... but now that it is set up correctly, it does everything I'd expected and more.
On a side note the GUI and menu setup/graphics is a step up from the VSX-01 I bought back in 2006. Much more user friendly at least for someone used to dealing with receivers. I have only started to calibrate the "43" and right now i'm focusing on getting regular 5.1 going and eventually incorporating the Front Height speakers. Looking forward to that! My only gripe is that you have to print out your own manual because it's not included in the box WITH the receiver. I don't know why that is but it can be very inconvenient especially if you don't have a printer - or a computer...
Some of my gear: 60in Mitsubishi 3Dtv. I soooooooooo adore 3D BTW!!!
A Panasonic 3D player.
Definitive Technology speakers: BP7004(x2), SM350(x4), and a Klipsch 400watt(20hz) subwoofer.
All in 5.1 with format but in "Front Height" configuration! So that's 7ish .1?
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