Best Buy Stores: Pioneer Elite 700W 5.2-Ch 4K Ultra HD Receiver EXPIRED
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I picked up one of these personally yesterday. Some users report more success in choosing a Best Buy with a Magnolia Center, but many have had success in stores without one. Price will not show online, but is available when scanned or at checkout - daisybeetle
Grudgingly I went shopping for a new receiver (more below). Went looking at Best Buy website since I got gift cards, rewards, and mover's coupon to burn. Was all set to buy another Denon, until I wandered into the Magnolia showroom and saw the VSX-45 at unadvertised $200 off. The rep wasn't there but there happened to be a whole stack of it there. I grabbed one and went to the regular checkout.
The mover's coupon (10% off home theater) scanned by nothing came off. The cashier read all the fine print and then manually took $25 off. The mover's coupon is YMMV. It normally excludes Magnolia. Since the Magnolia guy wasn't there, and the stack of VSX-45 happened to just be sitting there, I lucked out going to the regular cashier.
Best Buy VSX-45
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Now on to my rant.
I really, *really* didn't want to buy another receiver, having just bought a $1200 Denon 3313CI couple years ago (I only paid $500 but that's besides the point) because I wanted 3D pass through. This has all the bells and whistles, OSD overlay at all resolution, dual discrete HDMI output, "4K pass-through", etc etc. So I thought I was set for a long time, until last year I read that 4K/60 requires yet another standard (HDMI 2.0). I thought whatever not buying a 4K TV. Fast forward a year, grabbed the 49" 4K LG at Target for $400 OTD. Hooked it all up real fast, all is went and look great, except the seriously laggy mouse because it's stuck at 30hz. I knew going into the TV deal.
No problem, I'll just use HDMI 1 on the TV and get audio through HDMI ARC, and go through an extra step of changing input on the TV. Oops it's only passing 2.0 stereo sound. Again no surprise there because the TV is only two channel. Fiddle around for a while, only solution was to use one of the display port on my GTX960 to go to the receiver just for audio, but then I'd have an extended desktop which lowers performance. If I set it to duplicate then it's back to 30hz. And so I grudgingly went and bought another receiver. I wanted to buy the cheapest possible one this time, and this Pioneer is perfect.
I'm all set for a long time. Until the next standard which will be announced next year.
For those scratching their heads wondering why you're stuck at chroma 4:2:0 on 4K/60hz, 4:4:4 is not enabled by default. You must enable it via a setting accessible on the front panel only. Read page 92 on the manual. I also let it update the firmware, on which the changelog states "Support transmission of HDR(High Dynamic Range) signal adopted by next generation 4k Blu-ray"
This is not a BF deal...the sign said 11/03/15 to 12/31/15