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Pioneer SC-1522-K 9.2 Channel Network Ready AV Receiver, $599.99, @Costco, in-store only. YMMV

superrbuyer 84 March 24, 2013 at 10:49 AM in Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) (5) More Costco Wholesale Deals
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I just bought the Pioneer SC-1522-K for $599.99+ tax from my local Costco. It's listed at $1125.54 @ Amazon, seems to have good reviews and lot of features.

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Costco Item #: 751220, Could not find the deal online. Amazon link is for description and reviews only.

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hahaha! a better warranty than Costco??? newsflash...on this you/ are dead wrong...
Pretty sure he's talking about Pioneer's manufacturer warranty on the Elite vs. their non-Elite models.

I believe Elites get two-year warranties, while the non-Elites are just one-year.

Were you perhaps referring to the extension of the initial manufacturer's warranty?

As for amp comparisons, I think the SC-37s were the first Elites to get all Class D, and has been continued through to the SC-68s.

More efficient, less heat output going this route.

Denon has Audyssey XT32 equalization while Pioneer has it's own, seemingly less intricate version.

I've had both the Denon 4311Ci and the Pioneer SC-57, and for straight out of the box, ready to go, no issues or concerns functionality I'll say Pioneer gets the checkmark.

Overall, Denon offers more for the audiophile in you, but if you don't have time nor have an overly critical ear and want something that just works for everything when you turn it on, IMO, the Pioneer gets it.

This stuff about brightness, warmth, depth, and all that other jargon can be managed via the receiver's internal equalizer or DSPs, or an external one.

In addition to room acoustic treatments, decent speakers and high quality sources.

Notice I didn't say anything about wiring. Affordable (to you), proper gauge for the distances, electrically-safe jacketing that's aesthetically pleasing to you is about all I'll say on that subject.

Cheers!
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So this only has the Costco warranty, no pioneer warranty?
you say this like its a bad thing. do you not understand how/ what the Costco satisfaction guarantee is???
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Picked one up at St. Louis Park, MN location. Called at 3:00, they had 16. Arrived at Costco, there were 14 left. By the time I bought membership, I got the 11th one left. 10 left. Great DEAL. Called Eden Prairie and Burnsville locations, not an item they carry.
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Picked one up today at the Costco in Newington in Northern Virginia. This is currently the only store in Virginia that has some in stock. I replaced my 2 month old Onkyo 515 with this and the sound difference is huge. Guess I'll sell the 515 now.
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I get the feature or two...and the different warranty, as they are both easily seen from a spec sheet

while you could be 100% correct...you are making some assumptions in what you say
Check out avsforum and home theater shack.

There doesn't seem to be any question that the internals are the same between the sc-12* models and the elites.

I still can't find a magnolia store with those low prices on the elite models but if you are lucky to have the choice of those or the 1522 I'd go with the real elite anyway
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you say this like its a bad thing. do you not understand how/ what the Costco satisfaction guarantee is???
No, I say this for clarification.
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hahaha! a better warranty than Costco??? newsflash...on this you/ are dead wrong...
Yeah... Costco has lifetime warranty on Electronics.
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you say this like its a bad thing. do you not understand how/ what the Costco satisfaction guarantee is???
unless you have experience with it...it could be a good or a bad thing

I guess if I was given the choice of a factory warranty or a Costco warranty of the same timeframe...I would go with the Pioneer factory warranty all day long

Quote from chrisexv6 View Post :
Check out avsforum and home theater shack.

There doesn't seem to be any question that the internals are the same between the sc-12* models and the elites.

I still can't find a magnolia store with those low prices on the elite models but if you are lucky to have the choice of those or the 1522 I'd go with the real elite anyway
I would think the Magnolia prices are the same everywhere...
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Add another $100 bucks to go wireless.
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Pretty sure he's talking about Pioneer's manufacturer warranty on the Elite vs. their non-Elite models.

I believe Elites get two-year warranties, while the non-Elites are just one-year.

Were you perhaps referring to the extension of the initial manufacturer's warranty?

As for amp comparisons, I think the SC-37s were the first Elites to get all Class D, and has been continued through to the SC-68s.

More efficient, less heat output going this route.

Denon has Audyssey XT32 equalization while Pioneer has it's own, seemingly less intricate version.

I've had both the Denon 4311Ci and the Pioneer SC-57, and for straight out of the box, ready to go, no issues or concerns functionality I'll say Pioneer gets the checkmark.

Overall, Denon offers more for the audiophile in you, but if you don't have time nor have an overly critical ear and want something that just works for everything when you turn it on, IMO, the Pioneer gets it.

This stuff about brightness, warmth, depth, and all that other jargon can be managed via the receiver's internal equalizer or DSPs, or an external one.

In addition to room acoustic treatments, decent speakers and high quality sources.

Notice I didn't say anything about wiring. Affordable (to you), proper gauge for the distances, electrically-safe jacketing that's aesthetically pleasing to you is about all I'll say on that subject.

Cheers!
SC 05/SC07 were the first "ICE" amps...starting with the SC5X series the amps were still class D...but a Pioneer design

Having owned( or currently own) a SC07/SC37/SC57

I will say that the SC37 is the best sounding of the group...as well as the best remote
The Sc57 is more fully featured...but to my speaker and room set up...when I A/B it with the SC37 ..using MCACC on both...the SC57 has a brighter more forward sound which I dont prefer as much

The Denon 4311( and Denons in general) are more techie and probably all things considered not user friendly

But musically..the 4311 is a well loved piece

Another series that doesnt get as much love...but has a stellar sound to me is the Yamaha A20XX/A30XX series of receivers

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Yeah... Costco has lifetime warranty on Electronics.
LIFETIME?

so if I buy a TV they will fix it 25 years from now?
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SC 05/SC07 were the first "ICE" amps...starting with the SC5X series the amps were still class D...but a Pioneer design

Having owned( or currently own) a SC07/SC37/SC57

I will say that the SC37 is the best sounding of the group...as well as the best remote
The Sc57 is more fully featured...but to my speaker and room set up...when I A/B it with the SC37 ..using MCACC on both...the SC57 has a brighter more forward sound which I dont prefer as much

The Denon 4311( and Denons in general) are more techie and probably all things considered not user friendly

But musically..the 4311 is a well loved piece

Another series that doesnt get as much love...but has a stellar sound to me is the Yamaha A20XX/A30XX series of receivers



LIFETIME?

so if I buy a TV they will fix it 25 years from now?
I hear Marantz does a good job as well.
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I hear Marantz does a good job as well.
could be....I wonder since they are under the same umbrella as Denon how much different they are?

I have never owned a recent Marantz product...so I cant say what my ears think
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Quote from turnne View Post :
unless you have experience with it...it could be a good or a bad thing

I guess if I was given the choice of a factory warranty or a Costco warranty of the same timeframe...I would go with the Pioneer factory warranty all day long.
Which is exactly my point brain trust! they are NOT the same timeframe!
Sheesh...
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Quote from turnne View Post :
that depends on what you consider a "deal"

an item is only a deal if it meets( or exceeds) your expectations and then just happens to have a great price

that being said...they have the SC61 for $499 and the SC65 for $999 at Magnolia Home Theater( Best Buy) right now....thats 400-500 off retail
Where do you see the SC61 for $499. I only see the SC65 for $999 and SC63 for $799 @ BB.
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Quote from blackblaze View Post :
I hear Marantz does a good job as well.
That's because Marantz and Denon are one in the same.

Let the comments begin...Wink
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