I just purchased this receiver to replace the TWO Integra 8.9's I had to return due to defects.
They were to replace my old Denon 4806.
I bought it at Best Buy for $1,799.99.
It's a gorgeous piece of equipment, but not as heavy as the Denon or the Integra's. Do "ICE" amps weigh less?
I was disappointed to find out that you cannot upconvert hdmi signals to 1080p, but that didn't stop me from buying it. I felt that at this price point, it was a great deal.
I have it connected to the Axiom Epic 80 4ohm home theatre speakers and so far it does just fine.
The front speakers are bi-amped and sound great. I've noticed different sounds in soundtracks I never heard before with my old Denon.
I haven't really cranked it way up yet, but at moderate to high levels I did not notice any clipping or anything else unusual. I'm going to test it later at some higher levels to see how it does.
What would be the best method to test this receivers amp at higher loads? Settings, duration, levels, content...etc?
If it does not perform as it should, I'll just return it.
Incidently, the Integra did not do well with the 4 ohm load at all, that is the one that actually played surround sound. One of the reviews I read about the 8.9 is that it cuts wattage from 140 to 60 for 4ohm loads to protect the circuit.
Pretty lame "feature", especially since they make no mention of it in any of their literature.
ONE more thing please, do you guys have any recommendations, besides Integra or Onkyo, should I return this unit? I'd really like to have something made to drive 4 ohm loads and that does video upscaling.
Receiver: Pioneer Elite SC-07
DVD: Pioneer EliteAV59DVI
BD: Sony Playstation III
Screen: Carrada Criterion 104" Bright White
Speakers: Axiom 80-500
Projector: JVC DL HD1
Remote: Pronto Pro TSU 9400
Power Conditioner: David Gray Power Station 600 with RGPC Power Links to projector and sub
Rotel RCC-1055 CD Changer
Musical Fidelity X-10V3
X-Box 360 Elite