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Pioneer - Elite 1665W 9.2-Ch. Network-Ready 4K Ultra HD 3D Pass-Through A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 76 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Was a decent receiver until it failed

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    Haklong
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    I was always a fan of Pioneer so I purchased this one in complete confidence that not only would it sound great but it would last a long time. I wasn't a fan of the sound coming from this unit. It has poor channel separation and the Atmos from this receiver is less impressive than the Marantz receiver I currently own for another room. 4 months into owning the device I started to get video cut outs. I thought it was the HDMI cable so I changed to another one. Same thing happened. I called Pioneer and the person on the line was rude and condescending. They said to get a shorter HDMI cable and so I did. Same thing kept happening. The video would either cut out or I would get half the display showing while the other half was fine for a few seconds and then it would go back to normal. I called Pioneer again and they told me that it's most likely my HDMI cable and that if I wanted to get this unit fixed I would have to pay to ship it to them. This new person I spoke to at Pioneer support was also rude. I got annoyed and decided to take the Marantz from the other room and try it in this location. Of course the cable that worked on the Pioneer when i first got it 4 months ago worked perfectly. So did the other cables I purchased. I contacted Best Buy and they were willing to let me return the unit and I got the Marantz SR 6013 instead. It's working great and sounds better than this unit. Save yourself the time and hassle and just get a Marantz or Denon. Pioneer doesn't stand by their product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lots of versatility, great sound!

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    Gary
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    My Yamaha receiver had a channel die on it and as it was almost 10 years old I opted to buy a new unit. I would have replaced it with another Yamaha unit but I have a Pioneer Elite Kuros flat screen TV which I love and have had ZERO problems with, I decided to try the Pioneer Elite receiver. The price and overall unit functions between the Yamaha and Pioneer recievers were almost identical. I think the major difference between this Pioneer unit and my old Yamaha unit if the new Pioneer unit is HD so the sound and video is much improved! I also like the built in wifi. I have updated the firmware and can stream directly through this unit. The Pioneer SC LX701 is not cheap, but I believe you get what you pay for. My only complaint right now is Pioneer says it was simplifying the remote. Yes, there are not as many function buttons on the remote. In fact, there doesn't seem to be enough! You will have to have a video display to navigate through the functions. In time, I may like this feature, but I am not accustomed to this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional sound and versatility

    Posted
    djtatami

    The LX701 AV has definitely grown on me and I've taken advantage of all the features. My main zone runs 5.1 Dolby which is perfect for most content streaming through Netflix or Satellite programming. I run a 2nd zone to speakers in the kitchen and the 3rd zone to outdoor speakers, so it's got enough juice to power 9 speakers at once if I want whole room audio. Paired with the SONOS connect amp and recent firmware upgrade, it supports full-home audio. My favorite feature though is the elite quality of music even through Spotify. I just et it to stereo for dedicated listening and paired with the dual subs, the clarity and separation of this thing is just amazing. It's a whole new listening experience which gets me to rehash dozens of tunes and genres over the years with the ability to hear almost studio-quality cuts. When you get this thing right, it's highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Failed after 4 months

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    Damian
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    Only reason I bought this is because it had solid 4k upscaling and the history of pioneer in the sound industry. Coming from a Sony that I did enjoy but was looking to go to the next tier. Well within 2 months this I had nothing but erroneous hdmi issues to include random switching. Loss of signal. And loss of sound. Just to get anything to work now I have to plug all my inputs into my TV. And even then it still switches randomly. If I could return I would but of course I'm outside my Best Buy return window and am At the mercy of sending off a 40lb receiver to somewhere to get fixed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well rounded receiver

    Posted
    Short
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    Delivers enough power and clarity to immerse a 15 x 20 room full of clean sound as a 5.1 system. Haven't had the opportunity to test the Dolby Atmos since I don't have true Dolby Atmos speakers yet so cannot comment on that. Setup is fairly straight forward and simple if you wish to use the MCACC or you can also easily set up the audio profile to your liking if you're an audiophile. I chose to use the MCACC and then tweaked it a little afterwards. A slew of connectivity options means you will won't run out of input ports. Like any AV receiver, the unit does get extremely warm so make sure to allow enough airspace for natural convection to occur, or you can purchase a cooler / blower to extract the heat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great receiver for multi-zone wireless control

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    Heath
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    I have an SC-55 which is a predecessor to this one. I think I overheated it at one point and loss the Pandora option to play through the app. (I now have 5 temperature controlled fans on it) I had it installed in a simple 5.1 set up with 2 zones outside (two speakers each). At some point I began having issues with the sound in the house. Fought it for a year and decided to get a replacement. Bought the new unit and it seemed a little better (wishful thinking). Long story short, my Definitive Tech center channel wasn't working. I decided to keep the new one and love it. They've added bluetooth which allows the easy connection of Amazon Alexa and they have a new app which gives you a lot more control. You can now run any input on any zone now. All controlled with the app. I haven't figured out how to get more volume out of the 2nd and 3rd zone but it's not a big deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent audio and connectivity

    Posted
    BigBadWolf
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    Replaced our 4 year old failed Yamaha RX-A receiver hoping for better long term reliability with Pioneer Elite. The setup was easy. Has all the HDMI connectivity we needed and plenty of power for our 5.1 layout. The MCACC Pro Auto Room Tuning worked nicely though tweaked it a bit manually after a week of testing. It works perfectly with our Harmony universal controller. Amp design runs cooler than the Yamaha did. The Sabre DAC handles our HD audio perfectly & having the front panel USB is helpful for playing music files off a thumb drive. Features we don't use (yet) for streaming, upscaling 4K and Dolby atmosphere are there for the future. So far, we're very happy. Just not 5 stars because of the price point, especially since they're selling the 801 for the same price now. If only I'd waited a month. Grrrrrrrrrrrr.....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Stereo

    Posted
    Joholli
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    Was using a Denon x4100w before the HDMI inputs went out. Luckily I had Best Buy's protection plan as it allowed me to upgrade to this beast. I tried out a Pioneer before this item, but was completely underwhelmed by all aspects of sound and customization. This Yamaha though, has exceeded my expectations. Thought I would miss Denon's xt32 sound adjustment, but Yamaha's is pretty good too. This Yamaha receiver feels really well built too. Sounds great for movies and music. Highly recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Missing Parts

    Posted
    Robert1873
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    Item received today. Opened box to find it was missing a remote control. Customer Service offered to 'Sell" me a replacement. Stated 'Open Box" items do not always have a remote. He offered to send me another unit but then rescinded stating inventory was low. After transferring me to a different department I was hung up on. Now I will be returning the entire unit and ordering a new one online as it is still available. Very disappointment in this transaction...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can't beat the power it puts out!...

    Posted
    OniMang707
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    I bought this to upgrade my existing Pioneer Elite. Before I did. I did purchase a Marantz. The Marantz does not come close to the power this Pioneer Elite it puts out. I feel the Marantz is at least 5db lower then the Pioneer Elite when set to the same Db on both brands. Also I feel the picture and sound quality comes out a lot clearer and crisper on the Pioneer Elite Vs the Marantz in its class. Also, I you can't beat the Class D Amplifier by Pioneer Elite. OMG! All around a solid receiver with Dolby Atmos to boot but that's if you have Dolby Atmos Speakers and movies to experience that true theatre sound like I do. Dolby Atmos is AWESOME! Pioneer Elite you never fail to amaze me. You had me at, Hello!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Plenty of features and a decent receiver, but...

    Posted
    Teers
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    The receiver has most of the features that you would want from a receiver and is plenty powerful for your home. However, you may find it difficult to get sound settings correct. Sound seems to fluctuate dramatically depending on whether you are watching tv or playing a DVD. Not really sure how to correct this, as no one has been able to assist thus far...even Geek Squad at Best Buy. Yes, this is a big deal...obviously.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Average AVR

    Posted
    CarissaBNC
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    Overall I'm a little underwhelmed with this receiver. At this price point I expected more in terms of flexibility. I have four Definitive Technology towers with built in powered subs. This I am unable to set the crossover below 50 on this unit or by individual speaker. My 10 year old Denon I am replacing allowed these adjustments. I am likely going to exchange this unit for the Denon AVR-X6300H.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good upgrade to 4K

    Posted
    GoodBuy
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    I originally had the previous Pioneer Elite Receiver...the last one before 4K was introduced. This is a great upgrade. This is now an IOT device but one of the things I didn't like is that it collects information to be sent back to Pioneer. Not a fan but the alternative is you don't allow this option have manually click 'don't accept' every time you turn on the unit. Other than that it has worked great. Sound and picture are processed through the device just fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Receiver!

    Posted
    JoseL
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    This is the way to go! I have an Onkyo receiver, the 2009 top off the line. It gets so hot that I have to put a 120mm computer fan in the top. The Pioneer Elite series are the best receiver you can buy. Not only because they look and sound beautiful, but the technology Class D2 is amazing. No more 120mm fan running in the top to cold down the receiver and zero problem like the Onkyo HDMI board, because the heat. I hope Onkyo Engineers learn how to make a real high end receiver and they didn’t make the same mistake they did with the Onkyo Receiver line. Yes! Onkyo bought Pioneer Receiver line.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top notch sound and features

    Posted
    Stu52
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    Purchased this receiver a few weeks ago; had issues with sound being muffled periodically; I swapped for a new one, and it’s perfect. I discovered that I like it better without using the MCACC room correction. The sound is sweet and very detailed, just the way I like it. Menus are different from the other Elites I had; Some Onkyo influence now. Loving the remote app. This was a no-brainer for me at the $1300 sale price. It’s my fourth and best Elite receiver

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Beginners receiver

    Posted
    Kustom51
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    I had to return it. I was used to a processor and amp combo. A Rotel. I returned the pioneer and got a Anthem AVM60 processor. Night and day difference. Absolutely a huge sound difference in all aspects. Pay a little more but you get why you pay for. It was well worth it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great system

    Posted
    Rubyq
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    Bought this unit replace a an aging unit. You will need to hook up hdmi to do initial setup. Sound is very robust, way better than my old unit. Played some dsd music through usb, sounded great. Bluetooth works really well, quick to pick up my phone. Airplay is a little slow. Haven't setup atmos so I can't review atmos features. Overall, I'm loving this unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pioneer Elite Rocks

    Posted
    RTGOD
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    I bought a new TV and wanted to replace my old Pioneer Elite VSX-53 to be able to pass the 4K UHD signal. This receiver does not disappoint. I also wanted a receiver to run 3 Zones with out the need for an additional amplifier. This Elite does everything I wanted and more. For being such a beast, it does not run too warm at all compared to my previous Elite. I have been very happy overall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Reciever However....

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    Uaminer
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    This is a great receiver however if you have DTV and have one of the newer 4k receivers you may have issues with sound skipping. I went through three of these receivers and all did the same thing. Changed to Marantz and problem solved.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pioneer Elite Rocks

    Posted
    RTGOD
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    I have always been biased toward Pioneer, even more so after I purchased their ELITE brand. This is my second ELITE receiver and I have been extremely happy with it. I upgraded to this unite for the 3 Zones. I am using 5.1 in my living room, another zone for a speaker in my bathroom and the 3rd zone will be used soon for outdoor speakers. Cool.

    I would recommend this to a friend