Pioneer VSX-924-K AV Receiver Review – The Home Entertainment System You Need!

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Most guys I know are audiophiles. They love their audio so much that they have no qualms in buying a good-grade earpiece or headphone (think Beats by Dre), and may even have purchased Spotify premium just to listen to high-quality music.

I’m quite the opposite of most guys. I like to jog without any musical distraction and most of the time I will only listen to music from the radio when I’m in a car.

When we moved into our new home, Pioneer offered us the chance to try out their home entertainment system. Juliet and I thought of it for a long time trying to weigh out several factors. Because we seriously do not want to have a white elephant that collects dust.

  1. Will we really spend so much time in front of the TV?
  2. Space constraint in the house!
  3. Is it a need or a luxury?

I’ll talk a little more about these 3 points later on.

About the Pioneer VSX-924-K AV Receiver

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We had 5 speakers which were sufficient to create the surround sound effect you always experience in the cinemas.

1 sound bar speaker is placed right in front of the sofa with 2 others erected at the “North-west” and “North-east” direction. The other 2 were installed almost parallel on both sides of the sofa.

We paid $600 to get the professionals in to help us install and set up the home entertainment system. We could have simply installed it ourselves but we reckoned the experts will help us configure it to the best way for the best possible experience.

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One of the things I’m impressed with is the way the sound sync-ing process is being done. The system comes with a device which helps configure how fast the sound wave will travel and “hit” your ears. Due to the varied distance between all 5 speakers to the position of where we will be sitting at the sofa, some of the speakers may deliberately lag the release of the sound just so it will reach your ears at the right time for you to have a better experience.

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The AV receiver. The device which makes audiophiles feel high.


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The Blu-ray DVD player.



Lost your remote control? Or maybe you just want to control it from your handphone?

There’s an app for it! You can control the volume and many other things!

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Works fantastic with Blu-ray DVD

To experience true surround sound system like the cinemas, you will need to watch your movies in Blu-ray DVDs as they contain all the sound data required to give you a similar experience.

Switch on the woofer and you will hear the sound of explosions and feel the vibration like how you would in the cinemas!

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Sometimes we use the woofer as a “coffee table” to place our drinks nearer to us


Imagine a scene in which people are literally speaking behind the actor’s back. Instead of hearing the sound from the front speaker, you will hear it from the back as if you were the actor.

Works great even without playing from a Blu-ray DVD

The front sound bar.

The front sound bar.

We watch many drama and documentary shows on cable and thankfully for the various sound modes the Pioneer home entertainment system have pre-set, we are able to toggle through them depending on what kind of show it is. The modes will try to replicate the same experience even though the TV does not have the sound data required. So modes like Sports, Classical, Drama, etc will try to artificially create a similar experience you would otherwise have experienced on a Blu-ray DVD.

So back to the 3 points we were weighing out…

#1 Will we really spend so much time in front of the TV?

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While we were buying furniture and electronics for our house, we thought we will spend very little time on watching TV thus we didn’t invest in a very good TV. We got a respectable 47 inch Smart LED TV which cost us a low $1,000.

After we both moved in, we realised we have been watching a lot more TV shows than expected! We loved channels like Discovery, History, Criminal Investigation, Comedy Central, etc.

So because of this unexpected consumption behaviour, a better viewing experience would have been great!

#2 Space constraint in the house!

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It’s a real issue in Singapore these days. New houses seem so small as compared to the older ones even though the metric space is almost the same (probably due to the layout).

We could have chosen the 5 speakers to be the big standee kind but thankfully Pioneer has got those small satellite pieces which still pack a punch.

Space constraint wasn’t an issue anymore.

#3 Is it a need or a luxury?

It’s definitely a luxury. But we soon realised our TV viewing experience wasn’t the same without it. It feels like something is missing when we don’t switch it on.




My close encounter with Maria Sharapova!

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We all know Singapore is hosting the WTA, so it’s no wonder that the top 8 female tennis players have arrived at our shores. While I’m no tennis fan, I was lucky to have the opportunity to meet an International tennis star. So I brought along someone who could appreciate it more – Joe.

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TAG Heuer and evian organised a big event at the White Rabbit for us media and influencers to interact with Maria Sharapova. With TAG Heuer’s belief of not allowing oneself to crack under pressure, and evian’s attitude towards living young, there were a few games planned out that stay true to their mission and vision.

One of the more memorable games was the table tennis game which Joe played against Maria Sharapova. Click here to view the video.

Too bad we didn’t get to interact with her more as she had to rush to launch her Sugarpova candies at Robinsons.

Men and Women Perceive Beauty Differently

I’ve always believed that men and women have differences in what they consider attractive. The genesis of this theory is owing to my female friends commenting on whether a particular girl is attractive or not, and most of the time, my male friends and I disagree with them. So I decided to test my theory with Juliet. Here’s a list of female celebrities we used to test my theory.

Katy Perry.

Juliet: Yes

Keith: No

Kirsten Dunst.

Juliet: No

Keith: No

Liv Tyler.

Juliet: Yes

Keith: Yes

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Meet the Beauty Blogger’s Boyfriend (BBB, better than BB cream)

We all know the marvelous effect of BB cream – how it can cover our blemishes and make us look naturally radiant without the need to pile on too much make up.

Recently, this blog owner has found something even better than BB cream. It’s called the “BBB”, short for Beauty Blogger’s Boyfriend.

The brand of this BBB is called Keith. Much has been spent to enhance the quality of the product thus the packaging has been neglected. Then again, our parents would have taught as well and said “don’t judge a book by its cover” or some may prefer to do it the channel 8 style by saying “don’t judge a cover by its book”.

After using Keith, the beauty blogger has become prettier with better glow and radiance. No, today’s post won’t be about product promotion as there is no point to do so since it has already been taken by this blog owner. Today we will be talking about the life of being a BBB.

Before we were together, my fashion style was about being safe and plain (wait, can we even call that a fashion style?). Facial care was just a waste of time and money. I’m also quite a procrastinator by nature.

I’ve never really thought there will be a change in me after we got together. But comments from my ex-colleagues have proven otherwise. I slowly began to realised that I might going through puberty a second time. The changes I experienced include becoming more aware of fashion and probably more daring with my fashion choices.

With free skincare products that were sent to Beauty Sorority, a perk that I got as BBB is that I get to use them to maintain my looks too. It will be scary and unimaginable  if people start commenting that Juliet is such a nice daughter for bringing her dad out when I’m with her. #truestory from my client who told me this sad story (thinking back, I think he might just be trying to show off to me that he has got a wife who is hot). Toner, moisturiser, brow serum, and sun block are a daily fixture now.

On top of these, I get to attend really cool events and meet really cool people too!

Most importantly, I think she gave me the motivation to break out from my procrastination and I finally started a blog to share marketing tips and discuss about marketing ideas.

That’s all I have to share for now in this introduction. If you ladies (and gentlemen, if there’s any reading this beauty blog), like the way I wrote, do drop a comment and I’ll try to post more often to hopefully entertain =)

*nervously wondering what if there’s no comments*


Kristen says: I’m thinking of getting guest writers such as Keith to write on Beauty Sorority. Do you like such entries? Let me know your thoughts. If you don’t like Keith, we’ll boot him out (of this blog).