Pioneer & Focal... will be a nice marriage?
Although this will be my first post in those forums, I been reading What Hi-Fi mag from a long time and I have to say that I learnt a lot reading the articles and reviews and the post from the forum.
First of all, please apologize my poor English (I am writing you from Spain).
So here is the thing, after over 8 years of loyal service, I was thinking of replacing my old Denon AVR-3805 for a new one plenty of HDMI connectors.
Right now, all my video sources: BD player (Pioneer BDP-LX71), Xbox 360 and HTPC are connected, via HDMI, directly to the TV set (Pioneer PDP-LX5090H). Regarding the audio section of those video sources, the BD player is connected to the AV receiver thru RCA audio cables, and the Xbox 360 and HTPC are both connected the AV receiver thru optical digital cable.
First thing I want to clarify is that my current A/V receiver is working like the first day… NOT a single problem in those 8 years, but by replacing my current AV receiver for a new one, I expect to get a bunch of new (cool?) features, a cleaner installation with less cables hanging here and there and (maybe) a better sound quality with HD audio formats in the case that the new receiver is able to handle a bit better the sound rather than the BD player.
And because I am truly happy with my Kuro and BD player, and because it is having a very good reviews, my main candidate to replace my old Denon is the Pioneer SC-LX56-K.
My current speakers are Focal-Jmlab Chorus S (front: 716S, central: cc700S and rear: 705S) and the subwoofer is a Mordaunt-Short MS907 (I know, I know a bit old kit, but replacing the speakers ass well is out of the equation right now).
And here is comes the doubt: from what I have read from the What Hi-Fi review of the Pioneer SC-LX86-K, its only con is that “brighter balance requires careful partnering with speakers”.
To be honest, the word “bright” is usually mentioned in the Pioneer receiver reviews (same warning related the bright sound could be read as well in the Pioneer VSX-LX55 review from What Hi-Fi) that I have read in this magazine and other websites.
So, given that I will be changing the receiver to get a better sound, it seems that I should pay attention to the speaker that I paired to this Pioneer. As per above, right now I just cannot replace my current speakers, so those are my questions:
1) Do the LX56 have a bright balance like its big brother the LX86?
2) Is there a general consensus about Focal speakers having “warm/neutral/bright” sound?
3) Should I consider a Yamaha receiver (let say the Yamaha RX-A2020) given that it is said that they tend to have a warmer sound?
OK, that was long first post… again, please apologize my bad English.