Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by cwoj, Dec 9, 2003.
Can any one talk me out of buying a Pioneer VSX-AX5i-S?
I take it that you have a VSX-AX5i-S? what speakers do you use with them? Any probs? issues? lets downs?
Yes, I replaced my old Sony with an AX5i a few weeks ago.
Great amp for the money with some very useful features:
USB input - for playing back audio from your PC (saves burning all those MP3 to disc and buying an MP3 compatible player)
Firewire - for digital audio from your DVD player
MCACC - automatic speaker set up
Learning remote - I use the amp remote for Sky, plasma, DVD and the amp
6.1 surround - use an additional pair of surround back speakers
OSD - for setting up the amp
It doesn't have DPLIIx but that is a very new format which is not widely used yet.
It also doesn't do video up conversion from S-Video to component, but not many amps do at this price...
My speakers are:
Front: Wharfedale MFM7
Centre: Mission 77C1
Surround: Mission M7DS
Back: Mission 771e
Sub: Paradigm PS1000
It looks pretty good too.
As am a newbie can you explain why i might want video up conversion from S-Video to component?
May I also ask a question please.
The "Firewire link", is that instead of a coax or optical connection to transfer the movie sound from the DVD to the surround Amp or is it DVD-A / SACD only?
I cant find a definitive answer anyway
Incase you just run Component cables to your tv/plasma/projector but have a couple of S-Video inputs to your amp (VCR etc).
EDIT: Yep the Firewire can carry all audio signals not just hi-res.
"Can any one talk me out of buying a Pioneer VSX-AX5i-S?"
dml, lend me the extra £1500.00??
Brogan is correct, it is a very nice piece of kit, though he meant 7.1 as you may have noticed..
(Brogan can i ask out of interest how difficult is it to program the remote to control everything like that (bearing in mind we have very similar setups, also how long did it take you? Cheers)
LOL - I said 6.1 on purpose as all the mag's say there is no such thing as 7.1 due to the rear channel being mono...
Programming the remote was fairly simple.
Took me about 20 mins all in but I also re-named all the key labels, etc. so that when I press the "Return" key when in Sky mode is displays "Backup" on the screen...which is nice...
The memory is not huge though - I have all the Sky keys programmed, some of the 868 keys and some of the plasma keys (menu, etc.) and it's full
I was considering getting a Pronto (I think that's what it's called) but this does pretty much everything I need.
Your set up is more or less what i am looking for other than i think i will be going for the KEF KHT 9000 ACE speakers. Is it worth the investment?
Ah okay, sorry about that Brogan.. i must admit i find it strange that the progression from 6.1 to 7.1 would be an extra rear centre channel anyway, surely and extra front center should come first?
Sounds promising re the remote, although annoying that it can't hold everything, i may still consider one of those ProntoPro NG's when they become available, so i can use it for my Nad stereo as well as everything else.. though i can imagine weening my girlfriend off the sky remote would be harder than drawing blood from a stone.
Well I've only had my 434, AX5i and kef's (still waiting for the 868) since Saturday, but so far i'm very pleased with it.. still yet to try a ps2 game on it, but even watching Two Towers on it via the ps2 was an excellent experience.. As to whether its worth the investment to you i don't know.. but right now, I have no regrets!
BTW, those 9000 speakers do look good, though not high enough for my liking unless wall mounted, i needed small and on stands which is why i went with the eggs.
Heard the KEF KHT 9000 ACE speakers in the KEF demo room at the Home Entertainment show in Manchester. Can't remember what they were driving them with though.
Sounded good. Looked even better. Very high on the WAF scale. I don't think you'll be dissapointed.
Has the Ax5i got Audio delay functions for lip synch issues ?( not required for i link of course)
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