Got old Pioneer Elite VSX-07TX -- now have to re-test all the speakers.
Not sure why I got it.
May be because it has 'Elite' and 'THX' on the face. :rolleyes:
Also, price was very good.
Anywho, it's old 5.1 Lucasfilm THX certified Pioneer Elite VSX-07TX receiver.
Sticker on the back says it was made in Japan in 1999.
It retailed for $1450. :surprised:
No remote and missing volume knob but works great with universal remote.
I'm not spending $50 on original remote.
I used a volume knob from a donor receiver.
It fits but the power light hole doesn't align to see the led light on the knob.
I never thought Polk SDA-2B's can sound that much better on this.
Looks like this one is a high current model as the Polk 2B's on my Marantz SR5500, Denon AVC-2000 and SX-880 never sounded as good as on this Pioneer Elite.
Bass improved so much that at the same listening level, I could feel the floor vibrating.
More punch, much bigger/open soundstage, overall more authority even at low volume.
And it was on 'Direct' mode without any tone or DSP.
The wpc is not that much different as the Marantz SR5500 is also 110wpc @ 6ohms but for some reason Elite just feels like it's pounding hard, everything sounds so tight, open and more depth.
Same songs and movie tracks had more bass vibrations and power overall.
Now I have to go through all of them to re-evaluate.
I opened the receiver and power capacitors are not that big but the transformer is massive.
Me thinks transformer weighs half of the whole receiver.
Either it's a good receiver or I was high on some Ganja. :wink: