I don’t think that Pioneer SX-10AE specs will meet the demands of audiophiles, but for people, who are looking for simple and secure multimedia device, the Pioneer unit may become a true friend. It has 15 pounds and impressive dimensions (12.6 x 17.1 x 5.8 inches) but after the testing period, I can’t perceive such peculiarities as negative. It was important to find a right place for the receiver and enjoy its usage.
Despite the fact, that the front side of the device has almost 15 buttons, the receiver looked very presentable. All of the knobs were very compact and neat. The matte part was looking practical and I even dropped the construction as an experiment. Everything was fine and on the corpus, there were no scratches or dents. The remote control looked as classic additional device and had nothing to pay attention to. The screen on the Pioneer SX-10AE had very bright white inscriptions, which were clearly visible at night and on the sunny time of day.
The Pioneer SX-10AE review made me a little bit upset. The unit didn’t have Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Surround, and Dolby TrueHD. The image on the screen was not perfect, but I really got and enjoyment from watching the movie and listening to the music through the device. Integrated AM/FM tuner with 40 stations became a great substitution to the Internet radio absence. The Bluetooth performed its work perfectly. The connection between Pioneer SX-10AE and my iPhone was quick and easy. Furthermore, my Apple device used high-quality AAC codecs.
The output power per channel (45 Watts) is enough for a small room. Even on the maximum volume level, the sound was very clear, without rattles and strange pauses. 1 phono input and a vinyl collection were enough to plunge into the classic sound atmosphere. I used headphones for better dipping and was staying in this condition for 2 hours. The device didn’t overheat and there were no bugs.
Before the calibration the sound was flat, but after such a setting process the sound quality surprised me with drum maelstrom. The classical music and jazz had hovered stereo image. The crispness and the punch have influenced on the track’s perception. While movie watching I clearly distinguished sounds, which formed the whole atmosphere and character’s dialogue. Earlier, I had to adopt the volume to the action scenes (the sound was too high) and dramatic moments (talking were barely heard). Due to the Pioneer SX-10AE, such a problem disappeared. Everything was balanced.
It has A/B speaker switching and such a fact was very important to me because I had a desire to run 2 pairs of speakers. The manufacturers also surprised with the subwoofer output and 6.3 mm headphone jack presence. 1 optical digital input and coaxial digital input were enough for everyday usage, but the last one port demonstrated to me intermittent work. Even after resetting the Pioneer SX-10AE the fallings down appeared 3 or 4 times.
The setting process was strange, at least at the beginning. After a presentation-image appearance on the screen, the device has hovered. I had waited for 15 minutes and then reset the device. Such a “wonderful beginning” made me nervous, but after the 2 attempts, everything was great. The information on the screen was enough to make all the operations quickly and easily. The calibration was performed almost immediately and the sound became just as it should be.
It’s hard to name the Pioneer SX-10AE as receiver of the last generation, but at the same time, such a unit can become a reliable entertainment helper for those, who want accessible workhorse with all the most important features. It has the presentable design, inbuilt AM/FM tuner with 40 stations, 1 phono input, and Bluetooth. The popular built-in decoders’ absence was the main lack for me.