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Pioneer 5.1 AV Receiver and Speaker Home Theatre Package $599 + Delivery ($0 with FIRST) @ Kogan

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[Kogan] The Pioneer 5.1 AV Receiver and Speaker Package $599.
Seems like a decent price. These sold out last time they listed them for $599 (RRP $999).
They did drop it to $799, and now reduced it again to $599 for their Kogan Frenzy sale.
I can't find too many online reviews about this one, but it seems to have all the things:

  • Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Advanced surround modes
  • Advanced sound retriever
  • Audio Return Channel (ARC) on HDMI
  • Dolby Atmos

I snapped up one for myself, i missed it last time because i was waiting for Prime Day which turned out to be a whole heap of nuthin, but maybe Black Friday/ Cyber Monday at the end of the month will have better deals, who knows, but this seemed decent.

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  • Spewing, spent this much on a lower spec Yamaha 5.1 only a few weeks ago. Doesn't seem to be a whole lot of options when looking at sub $1000 5.1 kits anymore.

    Still happy with my Yamaha kit, but Atmos for the same price would have been nice.

    • This one does 3.1.2 atmos. So you'd lose your surround speakers, sounds like.

      • Does any one know what 3.1.2 Atmos means?

        Read part of the manual and still not 100% on if 5.1 Atmos or 3.1.2 Atmos is better.. it seems 3.1.2 is simply a type of virtualisation using height? however, the amp does support 5.1 Atmos as well it would seem? Interested if any one has experience on this…
        https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1033/3157/files/HTP-076_EN...

        • 5.1 is not atmos; it is 2 front speakers, 2 satellites, a centre speaker, and a subwoofer. It is sometimes also shown as "3/2.1", meaning 3 front speakers, 2 rear satellites, and a subwoofer.
          "Typical" atmos is "5.1.2", meaning 5 "normal" speakers (1 centre, 2 front and 2 rear surround satellites), 1 subwoofer, and 2 height speakers (for atmos).

          The receiver in this deal says 3.1.2 atmos, so it sounds like they drop support for rear satellites if you want height (atmos) speakers.

  • Is Pioneer still a trusted brand? I haven't checked in 25 years.

    • I currently have a Pioneer amp and love it, unfortunately it's an old one and doesn't support 4k, dolby vision / atmos etc so I'll buy another Pioneer when I upgrade my TV haha

      • In September 2014, Pioneer agreed to sell Pioneer Home Electronics (Home A/V) to Onkyo, and in March 2015, Pioneer sold its DJ equipment business division to KKR, which resulted in the establishment of Pioneer DJ as a separate entity, independent of Pioneer. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_Corporation

        Looks like you can already buy Pioneer branded DJ stuff that has nothing to do with Pioneer. And what's this about Onkyo and Home Electronics in 2014?

    • I have a Pioneer VSX-932, use in my home theatre set up, was cheap and has good reviews, but I'm not loving it. Its some Onkyo re-badged unit with Pioneer stickers on it. For movies it works well. For playing music, especially using the built in Spotify or Amazon music apps, the quality is distorted. AirPlay and Chrome casting has better quality but often drops out (connected via ethernet). I also have an older Yamaha, which has none of these problems. If I had to pick again I'd choose Yamaha.

    • Ive had a few Pioneers over the years, when i switched to Denon, never looked back. They have constant firmware updates and a plethora of features. Like most things, wait for the specials.

  • GreysOnline have home theater auctions today.
    Picked up some new front floor speakers worth over 1k for $250 and a marantz avr for less than half price at the last one.
    Both old stock but works perfectly.
    I'd only purchase items listed as new though.

  • Need to upgrade but not going to until HDMI 2.1 is at least supported on the reciever.

    Not sure what I'll do in the meantime though as I've been using my old Onkyo with spdif from Xbox to receiver but with series X not supporting that, I'll be stuck with my tv's arc support which isn't good…oh well 😊 I'm patient and they are slowly getting released.

  • official link: https://www.pioneeraudio.com.au/products/htp-076
    the receiver itself: VSX-326

  • Can I plug my turntable into this?

  • Looks like the deal is back on.
    I'll wait for 2.1 HDMI passthrough.
    damn series X