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Pioneer AX4

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by bix, Jun 29, 2005.

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    but is it rerally so different from the AX5AI?

    Not to me? pretty similar
     
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    hdmi switching
    component -> hdmi

    handy for single input plasmas
     
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    It is rumored to have 5.1 available over USB (for use with media PCs) and also has a bit more power. There is also speculation of further improvements in MCAAC although I question this since they are using the same two processors (the 59TXi has AD processor in addition to the 2 Motorolas which some believe is where it gets the power for the additional bands of EQ and x-curve).

    Oh, there is also Windows Media support though I question if that is an improvement.

    Bob
     
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    Question:

    Isn't this AX4 the replacement for the AX3?

    So the replacement for the AX5 shouldn't be an AX6?

    Number of component inputs is also higher and the obviously HDMI switching and increase in power are the main differences i see.
     
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    Based on the posted specs, the current AX5 is 7x120 DIN and the AX4 is 7x180 (but with no testing standard).

    What I have confirmed with a shop owner who has spoken to his Pioneer rep is the HDMI, WMA support and a little more power which is consistent with the posted information. What I have not been able to confirm is the multi-channel USB support or improvements in MCACC (additional bands of EQ or x-curve).

    As I said above, I rather doubt significant improvements in MCACC unless they are employing new processors; the 59TXI uses dual AD Sharc Melody Ultra chips plus a Motorola DSP which I am guessing delivers the horsepower for x-curve, as an example.

    The rep told my friend that some features would be trickling down the line from the 59TXi all the way to the US$1000 price point. I am guessing that this would be WMA support and/or multi-channel USB.

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    Yeah, but if you read carefully my post i was comparing the two future products from Pioneer.

    AX4 - 180W x 7
    AX2 - 170w x 7 (on the link above the quote you used)
     
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    Gotcha.

    This round is interesting with its lower model numbers and what appears to be further compression of product differentiation within the range. Makes you wonder if there is something significant that is not making the headlines or if Pioneer is content with the very modest incremental upgrades in the face of Denon's feature bumps.

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    After seeing this thread and another ref the AX5ai at £599 can anyone offer any advice on the follwing please. All my kit is up for change and looking to partner with plasma panel and DVD such as the 868. Will be running into Quad speakers (not changing these - very happy here!)

    1) What would Windows Media Support give me in real terms?
    2) Does using an amp like this for switching deterioate the video quality (assuming reasonable leads are used)?
    3) I believe that Component offers similar qulaity to DVI, if needed could a seperate DVI switch be added at a later date to plug into a plasma if more than one DVI/HDMI device is used.

    All reviews on this seem to indicate an audition is worthwhile and for £599 not sure there's much to compete.
     
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    Well well well...

    Check out that link again, Avland now say it supports iPod and you can control your iPod using the receiver's remote and OSD!

    Shame I've got an iRiver then isnt it!
     
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    Where can the AX5Ai be had for that price please, hope your answer's not SuperFi, as they're sold out?
     

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