- (October 29, 2004) I bought this receiver on faith. There are no current trade reviews nor user comments to act as a guide. My two previous receivers were Pioneers. A friend of mine owns a 914 and is quite happy with it. That’s how I made my decision. The first thing I noticed about the 1014 is how BIG it is, how heavy it is compared to what I had (a Pioneer 514). The bill of lading said 35lbs. I believe it. Out of the box, there is no question this is a Pioneer receiver. It has a very solid build quality to it. Before its arrival I had already set up my rear speaker for 6.1 and all wire was terminated, run, and ready to hook up. I pulled my 514 but found that I needed additional space in my rack to accom
- (July 27, 2004) Originally I had my eye on the 760, but when this system came out and offered a larger sub, even more powerful speakers and more connections, I had to go for it. This is my first Home Theater System and after about a week of playing around with this system I'm really glad I purchased it. Firstly, I'm glad I decided to have it delivered rather than to pick it up my self. I could not believe the size of the box, it was not at all what I was expecting. However after getting everything out of the box, the setup was very easy. Everything is color-coded so finding the right speaker to connect to the right wire to connect to the right connection on the receiver was very simple. Even the
- (November 16, 2004) I really like the other Denon components I own. BUT ... this receiver is so complex that it's hard to use, and I'm a stereo buff. The receiver is better designed for managing your home theatre system than for use as a stereo, and it does a good job with home theatre if it's professionally installed and you never have to change a setting. However, when it comes to playing music, a simple task like switching from CD to FM and then selecting an FM station can take a minute or more -- and that's after you figure out how it's done. The receiver only has buttons for a few of the features which are on the Remote. The button labels are printed in tiny brown print on the black face plate, and are har
- (09/12/2013) Got this stereo as a gift but discovered it was without an aux-in option. ??! Eventually discovered the DockBoss adapter providing an aux-in option for users of this system. So here is the tip for everybody else with this unit (crx-330). The CableJive DockBoss well with systems that passes iPod (iPhone) remote control commands, i.e. not a speaker system but i.e. something more advanced and complicated like a stereo system with a display. Been looking for such a device for years and was about to discard a nice micro stereo system without an aux-in interface when I discovered a review of this product. The micro Hi-Fi system I am using the DockBoss for is Yamaha MCR-330 (specifically the CRX-330 receiver). Nothing would interact with the dock before making this Yamaha receiver prompt the message "Unknown iPod" (unsupported iPod). Now it states iPod (meaning the iPod is correctly stationed in the dock ... however it is just the DockBoss sitting there :o). Even the "iPod unplugged" status comes up in my stereos display when the DockBoss is physically disconnected from the dock. I ordered this unit for BT (BlueTooth) audio (A2DP). Thus, when ordering this unit I was thinking ordering the DockBoss bluetooth unit instead. But as stated in the paragraph above I wanted to extend the Yamaha CRX-330 unit with its missing Aux-in connector. So I opted for keeping a 3.5 mm mini Jack interface with the DockBoss5. Effectively I partitioned the solution into 2 components. The dock interface using the DockBoss5. And a Logich Wireless Speaker Adapter which I tested worked well up to 7 meters + the signal going through 3 walls (i.e. 10 meters totally as BlueTooth is supposed to do). This adapter looks nice. For a less complicated look, i.e. no wires (at all), you could go for the DockBoss bluetooth adapter. Have not tested it - but I would guess it has the same support for the iPod remote controls commands, i.e. would work in my stereo system. In my case I just needed the aux-in option through the dock including the option to connect a wired audio signal.
- (09/10/2013) Owned an original Bose SoundDock. Very happy with that unit. It Finally gave up after several yeras of good service. A good friend had this portable unit. No hardwire power required. Great sound and take anywhere convience. This unit has been replaced with the latest bluetooth unit. This is a great unit.
- (09/10/2013) The unit is actually my gift to my son's birthday. He called me the following morning after he got it the previous night. He was so excited that he decided to install the system as soon as he got home. He said, the installation is so simple and he love the clarity and the quality of the sound.