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

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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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Last Edited by phidler April 29, 2013 at 09:49 AM
Columbia, MD has only the display left - 4/17 @12pm
As of 4/11, West Springfield, MA has 8 left
If it's not listed then it showed zero (WA):
In stock @ Woodinville WA 11 in stock as of 9am 4/8/13
In stock @ Everett WA 11 in stock as of 9am 4/8/13
In stock @ Southcenter WA 12 in stock as of 9am 4/8/13
In stock @ Silverdale WA 10 in stock as of 9am 4/8/13
In stock @ Bellingham WA 17 in stock as of 9am 4/8/13
In stock @ Federal Way WA 10 in stock as of 9am 4/8/13
In stock @ Aurora Village WA 11 in stock as of 9am 4/8/13
In stock @ Issaquah WA 26 in stock as of 9am 4/8/13
In stock @ Colorado Springs (Nevada Rd. only) 18 of 30 received on 4/6 as of 3:00pm on 4/7, so they're going fast.
In stock @ Montgomeryville, PA. About 14 in stock as of 03/30/13
In stock @ Brick,NJ. About 16 in stock as of 03/30/13
In stock @ Newington / Springfield - VA, About 4 in stock as of 04/07/13 3:00 PM
In stock @ Folsom & Citrus Heights - CA, about 13 and 12 in stock as of 3/25/13 08:00 PM
In stock @ Gaithersburg - MD, 9 all stacked nicely @ the end of the electronics row $599 as of 4/5/13 02:00 PM
In stock @ Cypress - CA - 7 in stock as of 3/30/2013
in stock @ Laguna Niguel - CA - 8 in stock as of 4/28/2013
in stock @ Wesetlake Village - CA - 10 in stock as of 3/30/2013
In stock @ Sandy - UT - 9 in stock as of 11:30am on 4/1
Multiple locations in southern California have these in stock.
In Stock @ Charlotte (Matthews) NC - 15 in stock as of 04/12/2013
In Stock @ Naperville, IL - 2 in stock as of 4/14/2013
In Stock @ King of Prussia, PA - 8 or 9 as of 4/17/13
In Stock @ San Marcos, CA - ~9 as of 4/18/13
In Stock @ Edison. NJ ~20 as of 4/20/2013

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#421
Checked my local Costco in Concord, CA and they had 10 boxes plus the display model.
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That's too bad. These ebay sellers must be desperate for tiny profits. Can't see expending that much effort to make so little.
and if you check the ebay completed listings nobody is buying them.
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and if you check the ebay completed listings nobody is buying them.
Ya, that's why it seems so silly. I suppose they figure they can always return them to Costco if it doesn't work out for them.
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Where did you pick up yours at? Expo? Did they have any left there or at Citrus Heights? Thanks.
Citrus Heights off of Auburn Blvd and they had about 7 left
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Costco @Southlake, TX has 9 left on Monday morning. Went there again last night and they are all gone.
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These are getting harder to find now that the eBay resale vultures are circling. All gone in San Diego.
As of 30 seconds ago, Costco in Arlington still has 11. I bought #12 on Monday evening, so they are going slowwwwwww here...
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As of 30 seconds ago, Costco in Arlington still has 11. I bought #12 on Monday evening, so they are going slowwwwwww here...

Slower the better! I just checked my local costco in CT and they're now at 10. I bought number 16 last Tuesday.

If they stay on the shelves long enough they'll drop prices and we can all get price matches just keep calling and confirm their price then immediately post on here so we can all go and get the price match
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I'm waiting for more bone head replies like yours
Even though he was joking, surround will get better if they could address more channels - especially for larger rooms.
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Please let me know how it works out for you, I have the same setup and waiting to see if I should keep it or not. I still have it new in box, bought it the next day after OPs posting.
I finally was able to set the 1522 up completely today. After calibration, all is very well. I am keeping it. The Denon was OK but I never really warmed up to it's sound overall, for music or movies.

This Pioneer is outstanding, the sound quality is quite above the Denon to my ears. It just sounds more full and refined. My dual subs sound just great, as good as the Denon, even though they aren't EQ'd.

I've had Pioneer receivers in the past and still have an Elite VSX-01TXH which still sounds as good as ever.

I still love SACD audio in close quarters using the multi-channel analog out on a Pio DV-58AV to the MC in on the 01 without anything altering the sound......quite a treat and some of the best audio IMO.

I picked the Denon 3312 up because of the good price Amazon was selling it for and wanted to give MultiEQ XT a shot. Honestly, color me unimpressed. And I positively hate Dynamic EQ and Volume, they really alter the sound and not in a good way.

I am thinking the difference is the class D amplifier.

I do alot of headphone listening with some pretty good gear, HE-500, Denon D5000, Grado PS500, Schiit Lyr, Asgard with above average DAC's so I have a pretty good idea of differences in sound quality.

The Pio 1522 is the best AVR I've heard yet in my household. For the price paid, it's truly a good bargain.
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I finally was able to set the 1522 up completely today. After calibration, all is very well. I am keeping it. The Denon was OK but I never really warmed up to it's sound overall, for music or movies.

This Pioneer is outstanding, the sound quality is quite above the Denon to my ears. It just sounds more full and refined. My dual subs sound just great, as good as the Denon, even though they aren't EQ'd.

I've had Pioneer receivers in the past and still have an Elite VSX-01TXH which still sounds as good as ever.

I still love SACD audio in close quarters using the multi-channel analog out on a Pio DV-58AV to the MC in on the 01 without anything altering the sound......quite a treat and some of the best audio IMO.

I picked the Denon 3312 up because of the good price Amazon was selling it for and wanted to give MultiEQ XT a shot. Honestly, color me unimpressed. And I positively hate Dynamic EQ and Volume, they really alter the sound and not in a good way.

I am thinking the difference is the class D amplifier.

I do alot of headphone listening with some pretty good gear, HE-500, Denon D5000, Grado PS500, Schiit Lyr, Asgard with above average DAC's so I have a pretty good idea of differences in sound quality.

The Pio 1522 is the best AVR I've heard yet in my household. For the price paid, it's truly a good bargain.
+1 Same Here, was skeptical about upgrading from the 3311 and yes what a difference, and now the 3311 is up for grabs. glad I pulled the trigger. hehe.
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I'm getting mine tomorrow. Nearest Costco is just over two hours away and I've been checking with them the last couple of weeks and they haven't had any. My in-laws are coming up from three hours away and I found out they are members. There is one Costco on the way that has them so they are picking me up one.

I'm looking forward to getting this as I have a pair of front height speakers that have been sitting on the wall unused for years since I got rid of my Yamaha DSP-A1. Looking forward to 9 channels of sound. I also need the extra HDMI inputs as my current receiver only has two.
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Quote from CousinIT View Post :
I finally was able to set the 1522 up completely today. After calibration, all is very well. I am keeping it. The Denon was OK but I never really warmed up to it's sound overall, for music or movies.

This Pioneer is outstanding, the sound quality is quite above the Denon to my ears. It just sounds more full and refined. My dual subs sound just great, as good as the Denon, even though they aren't EQ'd.

I've had Pioneer receivers in the past and still have an Elite VSX-01TXH which still sounds as good as ever.

I still love SACD audio in close quarters using the multi-channel analog out on a Pio DV-58AV to the MC in on the 01 without anything altering the sound......quite a treat and some of the best audio IMO.

I picked the Denon 3312 up because of the good price Amazon was selling it for and wanted to give MultiEQ XT a shot. Honestly, color me unimpressed. And I positively hate Dynamic EQ and Volume, they really alter the sound and not in a good way.

I am thinking the difference is the class D amplifier.

I do alot of headphone listening with some pretty good gear, HE-500, Denon D5000, Grado PS500, Schiit Lyr, Asgard with above average DAC's so I have a pretty good idea of differences in sound quality.

The Pio 1522 is the best AVR I've heard yet in my household. For the price paid, it's truly a good bargain.
Keeping it! Just Bought the reciever in Costco Hillsboro oregon only store that carries them in my area im sure it will be sold out ...im one of the first one that saw this thread and and immidiately bought one! No Brainer!....been listening to Music for last 2 weeks!!! very impressive reciever. never own one something like this...happy owner!
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The Costco in Gaithersburg MD has about 15 of these
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So how long is this price supposed to be good for in case I want to try and match it at Best Buy?

This may seem like a really weird question but I have an odd situation. Would this be considered a likely once in a lifetime price for this receiver? Since it's $1300 from Amazon and $1600 from Best Buy it seems like it's too good of a deal to pass up. The only problem is that I won't actually be hooking this thing up for probably a year or so. I live in a condo with very thin walls so this would surely disturb the neighbors. However, if $600 now gets me a receiver that, in a year, is still considered toward the top of the line (is this a the top of the line in regards to receivers?) maybe it's worth it to get now and hold onto it so when I am actually wanting to hook one up, I'm not spending $600 on a $700 receiver when I could have spent $600 on a $1300 receiver. Does receiver technology change that drastically anymore?
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Can someone tell me whether Houston store has receivers?
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Quote from RUsum1 View Post :
So how long is this price supposed to be good for in case I want to try and match it at Best Buy?

This may seem like a really weird question but I have an odd situation. Would this be considered a likely once in a lifetime price for this receiver? Since it's $1300 from Amazon and $1600 from Best Buy it seems like it's too good of a deal to pass up. The only problem is that I won't actually be hooking this thing up for probably a year or so. I live in a condo with very thin walls so this would surely disturb the neighbors. However, if $600 now gets me a receiver that, in a year, is still considered toward the top of the line (is this a the top of the line in regards to receivers?) maybe it's worth it to get now and hold onto it so when I am actually wanting to hook one up, I'm not spending $600 on a $700 receiver when I could have spent $600 on a $1300 receiver. Does receiver technology change that drastically anymore?
Is it a once in a lifetime price? Not quite, but it's pretty darn rare for a receiver of this caliber to go on sale for a price like this.

Best Buy occasionally has clearance deals on receivers like this, but they're rare and hard to find. A year and a half ago, I purchased a Yamaha RX-V867 for $420 and, even better, a Yamaha Aventage RX-A1000 for $400. At the time, they also had a clearance on the RX-A2000 ($569) and the top-of-the-line RX-A3000 ($719), but I couldn't find any of those. These were all 2010 model year receivers. This Pioneer receiver, a 2012 model, is roughly equivalent to Yamaha's current RX-A2020.

I bought this receiver because I thought the sound difference was going to be massive over my Aventage and I wanted a unit with good video processing (which the Yamaha 1000 series lacks, but the 2000 and 3000 series receivers have). It's a nice receiver and I'm not planning to return it, but I don't think I needed the new features as much as I thought I did.

So, what's changed from 2010 to 2012?

The biggest change is Airplay. The 2010 receivers are DLNA compliant, but Airplay was still in its infancy then. Airplay is neat, but certainly not a must if you have a DLNA compliant receiver.

4K Passthrough and/or Upscaling - We're probably 5-10 years away from 4K sets becoming affordable, never mind whether any 4K material is going to be available for those sets. (The 2012 Pioneers have passthrough, the Yamahas have passthrough and upscaling.)

Some of the receivers have a bit more power (5-10 more watts per channel).

And... that's pretty much it.

For 2013, Pioneer is going to introduce the 4K upscaling into their receivers, and some ECO-Friendly power options, but I'm not sure what else.

This is a pretty high-end receiver. Pioneer does offer a couple of higher-end models, like the SC-68, which retails for a whopping $2300 (about the same as Yamaha's RX-A3020).

Is it possible there will be deals like this in the future? Yes. Is it likely? Well, not really. I don't think the differences are going to be very big over the next year or two. Five might be a different story. This is a remarkable deal on a nice receiver. For me, I am done for the next several years.
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