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Pioneer amps in general

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by rockhopper, Jul 5, 2005.

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  1. rockhopper

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    There are a few factors which make Pioneer amps very tempting - I think they are the nicest looking, they always get excellent reviews, and the price of the new models, particularly the 1015, are great :eek:

    The major thing that puts me off though is that I have read they are bright sounding. I currently have a Yamaha model which has a nice warm sound and very easy on the ears. I have fairly bright speakers, so should the Pioneer definately be out of the question???

    I know the obvious answer is to get a demo, but I just dont have the time at the moment. I would simply like some advice from anyone who's experienced the Pioneer amps.

    I suppose for all I know, the new range i.e. 915, 1015 etc could be a turn-around. Maybe theyve headed for a more warm sound? Has anyone heard any of the new models yet?

    Any info would be great :)
     
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    Am hoping to try and get a demo of the 1015 myself as I am looking between that or the 2014 (or a cheap AX5 if I can find one!) so if I manage to get round to it ASAP I will let you know.
     
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    thanks bigmac that would be great.
     
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    I've had an ax5ai-s for about 3 weeks now and do not find it bright sounding.

    I've probably spent more time listening to stereo music using 'direct' mode than anything else - I knew it would be an improvement for surround/movie duties on my previous set-up and was more concerned about how it would sound as a replacement for my previous 2ch amps (Rotel RC972/RB971 (used with a Yam DSP-E800 for surround)).

    I took a gamble buying it without a demo but am really happy with it so far. I have a 757ai and DVD/DVD-A/SACD all sound amazing to my ears using i-link connection. For CD though, I keep returning to my X-Ray player hooked-up with analogue connections. I never did like the 757 with CDs though.

    My main speakers are old Tannoy 638s which are probably just on the dull side of neutral IMO.
     
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    I'm using 3910 + AX-5Ai + Celestion SL6Si + Elac 5.1.

    The AX-5Ai does a great job in driving the SL6Si (power hunger speakers) and I would say "just right" brightness. On the other hand, the decoding part, even with high-bit on, I found Denon is better which with more "clean details".

    According to Pioneer's chief designer of AX-A series, the AX-A is focus on better stereo as well as extending it to multi-channel and make the best use of MACC using techniques like bigger power supply, larger cap., more stable chasis, etc. Not mention too much about the decoding part.
     
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    thanks for your replies! Anybody else have any comments on their Pioneer amp's characteristics?
     

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