Walking into the testing process, it is important to have a neutral mindset. Whether you are a bass-head or a treble-freak, speakers should be judged for their ability to reproduce a natural tone. For this reason we always try to leave our own personal musical preferences at the door before we begin testing. It is also important to have a wide variety of testing material so as to accurately gauge the performance of the speakers across the whole gamut of frequency.
While we tried a variety of audio and video materials, for the purpose of conveying test results across a similar class of products, we detail our test comparison materials selected and the general test setup. Our standard MP3 tracks loaded onto a USB drive was the first salvo of materials fired at the Pioneer system. We also paired the Pioneer HTZ-HW919BD with a Philips Series 6000 TV so as to make full use of the Blu-ray player capabilities of the device. This meant we could include Michael Jackson's This Is It as part of our listening sessions to see how well the Pioneer could reproduce some of the King of Pop's classic hits.
In order to check if the HTZ-HW919BD was accomplished at handling movie soundtracks, we tried it out with Superman Returns, paying special attention to how well sound effects, dialogue and musical score were rendered.
The Pioneer HTZ-HW919BD packs a lot of hardware as discussed in the previous section. Now is the time to see if it actually translates to enhanced performance.