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The Pioneer Elite VSX-36TX is a high-end A/V receiver.

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THX EX and DTS ES work in both zones, great quality

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price is lower than most systems with these features, good value

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channel separation is really good, creates an immersive theater experience

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remote is well designed and easy to work with

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switching between sources and making them work together is easy

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need an additional amplifier to get the back speakers 6 and 7 to function right

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generates a lot of heat, need to allow for lots of space

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very old receiver, not compatible with many modern standards

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many connections are not gold plated and feel a little flimsy

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The Pioneer Elite VSX-36TX is a high-end A/V receiver. The THX-certified VSX-36TX can output up to 100 W per channel in 5.1 surround sound mode, for a total output power of 500 W, not including a subwoofer. The receiver supports Surround-Back via THX-EX processing, enabling 6.1 and 7.1 setups. It also has an extensive array of inputs and outputs. Multi-channel digital noise reduction and dual 24-bit digital signal processing, among other features, aim to optimize sound quality from a variety of sources. The unit decodes DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as Surround EX and DTS-ES Matrix 6.1. A two-year warranty is standard.

  • 100 W per channel
  • THX Ultra certification
  • Dual 24-bit DSP
  • 24-bit A/D converters
  • 96k/24-bit D/A converters
  • Multi-channel tone controls
  • Multi-channel digital noise reduction
  • THX EX processing (for 6.1 or 7.1 channels)
  • Surround EX 6.1
  • DTS-ES Matrix 6.1
  • Dolby Digital 5.1
  • DTS 5.1
  • AM/FM tuner
  • Remote control
  • 2-year warranty
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