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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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#721
Why do you want 7.2? And are you looking at speaker packages only. What's your budget?

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How can I make a 7.2 system with this. Most of the speakers in the market are 5.1 only.
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How can I make a 7.2 system with this. Most of the speakers in the market are 5.1 only.
Just buy a well reviewed set and then spring for 2 more of them. Look up Definitive Technology on Amazon and read some reviews.
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Just buy a well reviewed set and then spring for 2 more of them. Look up Definitive Technology on Amazon and read some reviews.

Wow they are expensive set of speakers. Are they better that Bose. Price is same as Bose.

I was thinking of buying Energy Take Classic 5.1
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Wow they are expensive set of speakers. Are they better that Bose. Price is same as Bose.

I was thinking of buying Energy Take Classic 5.1
Bose speakers are generally very poorly regarded by the audio community. If you like the sound they produce, however, nothing wrong with that. Just keep in mind that Bose is FAR from the reference standard by which to measure other speakers. On the contrary, Bose speakers/setups are usually considered to be very expensive for what you get. Definitive Technology are in a whole different league. At least, they certainly were when I gave them a serious look about 12 years ago (ended up going with B&W instead). Their dipole speakers give you a very unique sound.

I've heard good things about the Energy set you described. I wouldn't worry about 7.1 right away - the vast majority of all material recorded won't take advantage of the extra two speakers. You can always add them later. Then again, if you're just buying the Energy speaker set, this receiver is probably overkill, despite being a tremendous deal. You can drive that setup just fine and get most of the features this one provides for half the cost.
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#725
Wait time is killing me in Houston area. Why the heck they don't carry this receiver?
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Bose speakers are generally very poorly regarded by the audio community. If you like the sound they produce, however, nothing wrong with that. Just keep in mind that Bose is FAR from the reference standard by which to measure other speakers. On the contrary, Bose speakers/setups are usually considered to be very expensive for what you get. Definitive Technology are in a whole different league. At least, they certainly were when I gave them a serious look about 12 years ago (ended up going with B&W instead). Their dipole speakers give you a very unique sound.

I've heard good things about the Energy set you described. I wouldn't worry about 7.1 right away - the vast majority of all material recorded won't take advantage of the extra two speakers. You can always add them later. Then again, if you're just buying the Energy speaker set, this receiver is probably overkill, despite being a tremendous deal. You can drive that setup just fine and get most of the features this one provides for half the cost.
BOSE = Boy Our Shit's Expensive.... If you're shopping speakers, also have a look at Hsu.

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Wait time is killing me in Houston area. Why the heck they don't carry this receiver?
I verified with my own eyes, the Arlington store indeed got another 12 in yesterday. Smilie
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I verified with my own eyes, the Arlington store indeed got another 12 in yesterday. Smilie
Thanks, unfortunately, I don't want to drive 500 miles shake head
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Wait time is killing me in Houston area. Why the heck they don't carry this receiver?
No one offered to ship you one?
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Thanks, unfortunately, I don't want to drive 500 miles shake head
Oh ok... You seemed to imply earlier in this thread you were considering it if they had some in stock.
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#730
At costco in Houston their order system showed this pioneer skew number replacing the Yamaha 7065. The yamaha skew number showed being replaced by the pioneer skew. So they may get them at some point.
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Quote from Neon01 View Post :
Bose speakers are generally very poorly regarded by the audio community. If you like the sound they produce, however, nothing wrong with that. Just keep in mind that Bose is FAR from the reference standard by which to measure other speakers. On the contrary, Bose speakers/setups are usually considered to be very expensive for what you get. Definitive Technology are in a whole different league. At least, they certainly were when I gave them a serious look about 12 years ago (ended up going with B&W instead). Their dipole speakers give you a very unique sound.

I've heard good things about the Energy set you described. I wouldn't worry about 7.1 right away - the vast majority of all material recorded won't take advantage of the extra two speakers. You can always add them later. Then again, if you're just buying the Energy speaker set, this receiver is probably overkill, despite being a tremendous deal. You can drive that setup just fine and get most of the features this one provides for half the cost.

Do you recommend any other speakers beside Definitive Technology that would go with this receiver.
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Do you recommend any other speakers beside Definitive Technology that would go with this receiver.
I dont understand why someone would invest in a system that can power HUGE speakers and then buy something budget. The person who said def tech are bi-poles is partially correct. They MAKE bipoles. The procinema series is not di-pole.

http://www.onecall.com/home-theat...stem-black

If I had to do my system over again, I would buy the def tech procinema 800 and not the extra 2 speakers. When you are ready to spend again, add the bipoles from them as your rears.
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I dont understand why someone would invest in a system that can power HUGE speakers and then buy something budget. The person who said def tech are bi-poles is partially correct. They MAKE bipoles. The procinema series is not di-pole.

http://www.onecall.com/home-theat...stem-black

If I had to do my system over again, I would buy the def tech procinema 800 and not the extra 2 speakers. When you are ready to spend again, add the bipoles from them as your rears.
I got the Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 system but I'm debating to return it and get for that money better bookshelves (left, center and right) to setup my 3.1 system, then when money is available probably get the rears.
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I got the Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 system but I'm debating to return it and get for that money better bookshelves (left, center and right) to setup my 3.1 system, then when money is available probably get the rears.
I did a friends system back when you could still piecemeal the def techs as you plaease and it wouldn't break the bqnk. He bought the pro cinema 800 x 4. Then bought a pro cinema 1000 as his center and a 15" Hsu as his sub. It sounds amazing even in his room (30x30x11)
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Do you recommend any other speakers beside Definitive Technology that would go with this receiver.
Personally I like my B&W setup, but I guess I'm biased. I have an HTM2 for a center, 683s for fronts, and 602 S2s for rears, along with a large sub of my own design and manufacture (ported to 17 Hz).

But in all seriousness, this question is just too open ended to respond to. There really is no such thing as speakers that will "go with" a receiver. Any speaker will work as long as it's spec'ed between 4 and 16 ohm load.

There are many factors to selecting speakers - what's your budget? what kind of sound do you like - do you tend to prefer music/HT with more bass, or is that not a concern for you? Do you need very small speakers (bookshelf or smaller) for aesthetic purposes? Are you going to be using this strictly for home theater use, or do you like to listen to music sources as well (better fidelity - tend to favor stereo setups with floorstanding mains instead of sub& satellite approach of home theater)?

The list goes on. I'd recommend going down to your local best buy with Magnolia and listening to some of what they have there. It'll at least give you an idea of what you like. Most of what they sell probably isn't great from a bang-for-your-buck perspective, but then you could go online and ask for more opinions having informed yourself somewhat. AVSforum is the place to hang around for awhile if you want to get smart(er) on this stuff. I've been a member there since '98, and I'm still learning.

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I dont understand why someone would invest in a system that can power HUGE speakers and then buy something budget. The person who said def tech are bi-poles is partially correct. They MAKE bipoles. The procinema series is not di-pole.
Agreed on the first point; it's what I mentioned as well. This receiver is way overkill for someone that wants to run a <$400 HTIB speaker setup.

Re: Def Tech making non-Di/bipoles, yes, I understand. I only said that their dipole speakers provide a unique (and quite pleasing, IMO) sound. Didn't say they don't produce anything else. As I also mentioned, the last time I gave them a serious look was in 2000, at which time I don't believe they did make anything but dipoles. Then again, Martin Logan speakers used to be >$5k, and you had to buy them at a boutique shop, and now you can pick up a (lower end) pair for $400 at newegg online. Obviously a lot has changed in the audio landscape.
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