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UNADVERTISED Best Buy [in store and over phone]: Pioneer Elite SC-95 9.2 Channel D3 Class D Amps(Capable of 11.2 Processing) Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, HDR...$999.98 ($600 off)

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Last Edited by outsidedogs May 4, 2016 at 05:51 PM
Previous Popular Deal +54 a few weeks back.

Best Buy Stores has Pioneer Elite - 760W 9.2-Ch. Network-Ready 4K Ultra HD and 3D Pass-Through A/V Home Theater Receiver for $999.98. SKU: 4201302

Note, price will NOT be available online. I did call a Best Buy store and confirm with them that this price is nationwide at all Best Buy stores. Clink the link below and then "Store Pickup" and "Check More Stores" to view which locations near you have them in stock. Or you can go into any store and provide them the SKU: 4201302 and have it ordered for delivery.

OR you can do what I did and call into Best Buy at 1-888-237-8789. My customer service agent was seeing that same online price of $1398.98 on sale. So she quickly called a Best Buy store and verified the lower $998.98 price, BAM - price overridden and off the phone in 15 minutes.

Great overall receiver. I have been doing extensive research on Dolby Atmos and DTS X receivers. This Pioneer receiver really hits all the major and even minor points for a next gen home theater receiver: Dolby Atmos, DTS X (available via future free firmware update), Class D amps, full bandwith HDMI 2.0a 4K Ultra with HDR and HDCP 2.2, 9.2 channel power amplification with 11.2 channel processing, wi-fi and bluetooth, MCACC PRO sound calibration.

Link: (Again online price not reflective of in store $999.98 price) http://www.bestbuy.com/site/pione...Id=4201302

Cheers

EDIT/ UPDATE:


I appreciate the interesting back and forth regarding this AVR and the many alternatives. Many valuable and insightful comments throughout but I thought the conversation could be focused a little by illuminating one of MY MAIN REASONS why this receiver is such a good option that I (regretfully) did not initially list in the posting.

With that said - on most home theater AVR review websites you will read reviews about the next generation of surround sound: Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. Suffice to say that these new formats make use of height channels and that nearly every professional reviewer that has demoed the newest AVRs with Atmos/DTS have said "OMG this is the S#!* right here when you take advantage of the 7.x.4 configuration." For the uninitiated, what that means is 7 surround channels including Front Left, Center, Right Front, Left Surround, Right Surround, Left Rear and Right Rear, .x for either 1 or 2 separate amplified subwoofer/s, and the .4 for the HEIGHT CHANNELS. THESE 4 HEIGHT CHANNELS ARE THE GAME CHANGER!! By that I mean look into the reviews and you will see many professional reviewers explain in a multitude of ways how much more enveloping the sound is, creating a now seamless real world effect in the sound stage. And this sound stage (supposedly as I am awaiting to demo this for myself) is an improvement for not only movies, but for tv, sports programming, and even music. Key consideration though is to have 4 height channels you (generally - as of right now that is) must first have a 9.2 channel receiver with the capability of processing 11.2 channels through adding an additional 2 channels of amplification from a separate amp. The Pioneer SC-95 with the DTS:X, and HDCP 2.2, and HDMI 2.0a is the only receiver anywhere near $1000 that will do this (and do it well) (No the Yamaha RX-A2050 will not do this but its big brother the 3050 will).

SO if you care about 11.2 processing and potentially building your own 7.x.4 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround system then I believe this receiver is an absolutely excellent option for you. If you have no interest in 11.2 channels then many of these other comments are entirely valid and you should consider other AVRs from the like of Denon, Yamaha, Marantz to name a few.

Cheers

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Repost, it's been on sale for weeks...
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if you're gonna spend a grand, there's better receivers than Pioneer that should be on your radar.
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for a thousand bucks you would think a DVD/BLU-RAY player and some speakers came with the damn thing...
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if you're gonna spend a grand, there's better receivers than Pioneer that should be on your radar.
What would you recommend that you consider better for this price? I am aware of both the Denon 4200W and Onkyo RZ900 frequently hitting this price point at Fry's, but I didn't think consensus was that either were substantially better.
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Quote from jjoutback View Post :
if you're gonna spend a grand, there's better receivers than Pioneer that should be on your radar.
such as?

at this price...Onkyo..Yamaha and Denon have competitive models
However..its a case of 6 of one and half a dozen of another with each offering a nuance over the others

There is nothing head and shoulders above the other models

I can say that this model and the Onkyo have the better amp/power supply sections of the group
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Class D amp? Don't the "Class" designations mean what they used to? Class A was always the best, AB next best, then B. I've never heard of a Class D amp
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Quote from deserthawk View Post :
Class D amp? Don't the "Class" designations mean what they used to? Class A was always the best, AB next best, then B. I've never heard of a Class D amp
LOL...LMAO

read this to educate yourself

http://www.electronics-tutorials....asses.html

There are many articles available to explain the different methods of amplification
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Quote from deserthawk View Post :
Class D amp? Don't the "Class" designations mean what they used to? Class A was always the best, AB next best, then B. I've never heard of a Class D amp
Just google:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class-D_amplifier

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if you're gonna spend a grand, there's better receivers than Pioneer that should be on your radar.
Please enlighten us to what is better for $1000. I have a Pioneer Elite and it's great.
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Last edited by robj144 May 3, 2016 at 07:51 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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This is a really good deal on a new receiver. It seems there are a lot of uneducated people on what this is and it's features. If I needed a new receiver, I would seriously take a look at this. My Denon 4311 is still going strong.
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Quote from jjoutback View Post :
if you're gonna spend a grand, there's better receivers than Pioneer that should be on your radar.
You mean Onkyo. Pioneer is essentially rebranded Onkyo crap now.
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Quote from SDNick484 View Post :
What would you recommend that you consider better for this price? I am aware of both the Denon 4200W and Onkyo RZ900 frequently hitting this price point at Fry's, but I didn't think consensus was that either were substantially better.
Specs aren't the only consideration. You'll get better support with a Denon or Yamaha. Onkyo and Pioneer are now essentially the same company, and the support is crap compared Denon and Yamaha and even to the Onkyo of not that long ago.
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Quote from gaijin4life View Post :
You mean Onkyo. Pioneer is essentially rebranded Onkyo crap now.
You've no idea what you're talking about. Just try lifting any Onkyo shit and Pioneer elite. I've SC-68 BTW and I'm nothing but happy with it.
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LOL...LMAO

read this to educate yourself

http://www.electronics-tutorials....asses.html

There are many articles available to explain the different methods of amplification
I read the other person's article on Class D amps. Interesting, but I have a $2500 Class A Bryston amp paired with a $1200 pre-amp (and have been told by a sound engineer friend, after he checked it out with a spectrum analyzer, that I have a system that rivals those costing twice as much). I bow to your obviously superior knowledge and experience with quality sound gear.
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Last edited by deserthawk May 3, 2016 at 08:35 PM.
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Quote from gaijin4life View Post :
Specs aren't the only consideration. You'll get better support with a Denon or Yamaha. Onkyo and Pioneer are now essentially the same company, and the support is crap compared Denon and Yamaha and even to the Onkyo of not that long ago.
Umm, I didn't bring up specs, and that still doesn't really answer my question (which wasn't directed at you). The poster I was replying to said there are other better receivers at this price point and I am curious which.

On a side note, support is pretty low on my list of concerns for receivers. Quality, which maybe is what you meant, is definitely up there, but support not so much. Also, while I have had an Onkyo fail, my experience with how they handled it - fixing the model several years out of warranty (which is what I consider "support") was overall very positive. So Pioneer selling their audio unit to Onkyo is not necessarily a bad thing.
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