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Pioneer VSX-1123 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver (Black)

by Pioneer
137 customer reviews
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Product Specifications

Brand NamePioneer
Output Wattage165 watts
Color NameBlack
Special FeaturesDolby TrueHD Dolby Pro Logic IIz/Dolby digital plus, Digital core engine with texas instruments aureus DSP, HDMI audio return channel (ARC), Pioneer auto MCACC room calibration, iPod digital transmission via front USB terminal

Technical Details

  • Dolby TrueHD Dolby Pro Logic IIz/Dolby digital plus
  • Digital core engine with texas instruments aureus DSP
  • HDMI audio return channel (ARC)
  • Pioneer auto MCACC room calibration
  • iPod digital transmission via front USB terminal

Product Description

Product Description

The Pioneer VSX-1123 7.2 Channel HD Multi-Zone Network ready AV Receiver featuring AirPlay, HTC ConnectTM, 4K Ultra HD Up-Scaling and MHL 2.0 compatibility. Pioneer sound enhancements include Phase Control, Auto Phase Control Plus, PQLS Bit-stream, Advanced Sound Retriever, Auto Level Control, Advanced Surround, Virtual Speakers, and Virtual Depth.

From the Manufacturer

Pioneer VSX-1123 Multi-Zone Receiver
Get the most out of your home theater experience with the VSX-1123. View larger

The Pioneer VSX-1123-K 7.2 Channel HD Multi-Zone Network Ready AV Receiver

The VSX-1123 is a true multi-zone audio video power house with 165 Watts (1 kHz 1 % THD @ 6 Ohms) 1ch Driven or 90 Watts (20Hz-20kHz .08% THD @ 8 Ohms) of clear audio reproduction and advanced new technologies such as 4K Ultra-High Definition Up-scaling, True Multi-Zone Audio Video, an energy-saving ECO Mode, and a whole host of networked entertainment options the new VSX-1123 is an unparalleled way to help you get the most out of your home entertainment experience.

Connectivity is Key

Smartphones have become a convenient and powerful way to stay connected to your favorite entertainment. Pioneer's new networked receivers give instant access to your favorite content and control options through smartphones and tablets. The VSX-1123 unleashes more music and video content in the living room and through the home, thanks to class-leading digital connectivity and flexible networking features.

Pioneer VSX-1123 Multi-Zone Receiver

The VSX-1123 features the latest Made for iPhone and iPad certification, which includes the iPhone5 and the iPad Mini. Since this receiver is networked, it also supports Apple's AirPlay wireless music streaming technology allowing you to wirelessly stream music from your iPhone, iPod or iTunes-running Mac or PC directly to the receiver.

HTC Connect

That is just half the story. Pioneer is the only receiver brand with HTC Connect, the only unified approach for the Android platform for streaming music wirelessly from select compatible HTC smartphones. HTC Connect makes it easy to wireless stream your favorite music to your receiver, there is no need for a separate app, HTC Connect is built right into your phone's music player.

Wireless Streaming

DLNA Certified

The VSX-1123 also supports DLNA 1.5 media streaming which allows for access to your favorite music from a DLNA server or computer connected to the same home network. Not only are compressed music files supported such as MP3, WMA, and AAC but also high resolution files such as FLAC, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless and DSD (SACD).

Internet Radio

Can't find the remote? Because the VSX-1123 is a networked receiver, simply download Pioneer's iControlAV2013 at no charge, turning your Apple or Android device into a remote control for the VSX-1123. iControlAV2013 not only allows you to control and manage your receiver settings, this app also allows you to access music stored on your smartphone and push it wirelessly to the receiver, without juggling between iControlAV2013 and your phone's built in music player. iControlAV2013 makes it easy to stream new music with Pandora, or use vTuner internet radio to access thousands of radio stations from all over the world.

Windows 8 Certified

Windows 8 Compatible

Windows 8 Play To feature makes it easy to stream your favorite music stored on your PC to Pioneer's new line of networked AV receivers. Don't limit your media experience to laptop speakers. With the Windows 8 Play To feature and Pioneer's new networked receivers you can enjoy your media library on the biggest speakers in the house.

4K Ultra-HD Compatible, with Up-scaling

4K Ultra HD Pass-through 4K Ultra HD Upscaling

4K x 2K resolution, usually referred to as simply "4K Ultra HD", is the latest high definition video display format, with four times the resolution of 1080p. The Pioneer VSX-1123 is ready not only to pass through 4K Ultra HD video signals to a compatible display, but also to upscale any content you want to watch, meaning it can support home theater systems dedicated to producing the highest quality picture available today.

Expanded HDMI Connectivity and MHL 2.0 Compatibility

HDMI Connectivity and MHL 2.0 Compatibility

Offering more inputs than comparable receivers, the VSX-1123 features 8 HDMI inputs, including support for both 3D and 4K Ultra HD sources. The front HDMI terminal is MHL 2.0 (Mobile High-Definition Link) compatible, letting you connect and control compatible Android devices. High-definition video can be displayed on your HDTV with multi-channel sound, while also charging your device. MHL 2.0 adds support for 3D content, 1080P 60Hz, and faster cell phone charging.

Eco Mode Pioneer VSX-1123-K AV Receiver

ECO Mode

The new, energy-saving ECO Mode found on all 2013 Pioneer AV receivers goes far beyond the conventional wisdom about "green" electronics, with a standby power consumption of only 0.1 watt when enabled. Our ECO Mode offers all of the convenience features of today's modern AV receivers, including Network Standby and HDMI CEC support, while reducing power consumption in both on and standby modes.

The intelligent ECO Mode analyzes your sources in real time, adjusting power consumption accordingly to meet your needs, or you can choose the power-saving settings that are right for you. You can control ECO Mode using the receiver's front panel, the included remote control, or the ECO Manager page of Pioneer's free iControlAV2013 for your smartphone or tablet. Now you can feel better about your entertainment experience without sacrificing power or features.

On-Screen Display (Simple Overlay)

OSD Simple Overlay

If your home theater system is hidden away in a cabinet or closet it is often difficult to know the current volume level or other status indicators of the receiver. This is where the On Screen Display feature comes into play. When turned on, On-Screen Display will overlay your receiver's basic information such as volume, input, and surround mode as you make adjustments using the remote.

Multi-Zone Audio

Powered Zone 2 Audio

The VSX-1123 can be setup to use two of its seven amplifiers to power a set of speakers in a second room such as a bedroom or patio. This "second zone" can enjoy content that is different than what is be listened to in the main room.

Pioneer VSX-1123-K AV Receiver


A new Zone 3 HDMI Out (HDZONE) feature allows for routing either the same signal as the main zone or a separate source to a second zone via HDMI. All of this can be controlled effortlessly by using our new iControlAV 2013 IOS and Android application.

A Customized Home Theater Experience

MCACC Advanced

The VSX-1123 features Pioneer's exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC), providing an optimized multi-channel listening experience by measuring every speaker's connection, noting its size and distance from the listening point, sound levels and timbre in order to calibrate, customize and maximize performance specifically for your room.

Choose the Pioneer AV Receiver That's Right for You

YesPioneer SC-1323 AV ReceiverPioneer SC-1223 AV ReceiverPioneer VSX-1123 AV ReceiverPioneer VSX-1023 AV ReceiverPioneer VSX-823 AV ReceiverPioneer VSX-523 AV Receiver
Amplifier TypeClass D3Class D3Discrete Direct EnergyDiscrete Direct EnergyDiscrete Direct EnergyDiscrete Direct Energy
Power180 Watts x 7170 Watts x 7165 Watts x 7140 Watts x 7140 Watts x 5140 Watts x 5
Number of HDMI Inputs/Outputs8 in / 2 out (Main Zone & Zone 2)8 in / 2 out (Main Zone & Zone 2)8 in / 2 out (Main Zone & Zone 2)6 in / 1 out6 in / 1 out4 in / 1 out
4K Ultra HD
Pass-through and Upscaling
(Pass-through only)
(Pass-through only)
(Pass-through only)
Video Conversion to HDMIYes
(Marvell QDEO)
(Marvell QDEO)
(Marvell QDEO)
MCACC Room CalibrationAdvanced MCACCAdvanced MCACCAdvanced MCACCYesYesYes
MHL 2.0 InputYesYesYesYesYes-
Powered Multi-Zone AudioYes
(Multi-Source) 1x Powered 1x Passive
HDZone (HDMI Zone Output)Yes
Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (30-Pin and Lightning)Yes
(iPhone 5/iPad/iPod)
(iPhone 5/iPad/iPod)
(iPhone 5/iPad/iPod)
(iPhone 5/iPad/iPod)
(iPhone 5/iPad/iPod)
(iPhone 5/iPod)
AirPlay & HTC ConnectYesYesYesYesYes-
Windows 8 CompatibleYesYesYesYesYes-
DLNA 1.5 (DMR)YesYesYesYesYes-
Network File Music PlaybackAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/AACAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/AACAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/AACAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/AACAIFF/WAV/Apple Lossless/FLAC/MP3/AAC-
Gapless PlaybackAIFF/WAV/FLAC/Apple LosslessAIFF/WAV/FLAC/Apple LosslessAIFF/WAV/FLAC/Apple LosslessAIFF/WAV/FLAC/Apple LosslessAIFF/WAV/FLAC/Apple Lossless-
Pandora & vTuner Internet RadioYesYesYesYesYes-
iOS / Android Remote Control AppiControlAV 2013iControlAV 2013iControlAV 2013ControlAppControlApp-
AVNavigator PC / Mac Setup SoftwareYesYesYesYesYes-

Product Details

Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here. [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 17.1 x 6.6 inches ; 21.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 24.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • Item model number: VSX-1123
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,141 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here. [PDF]
  • Date first available at March 5, 2013

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

120 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Das Spaz on May 8, 2013
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New for 2013 is the VSX-1123-K flagship non Elite series receiver from Pioneer. Airplay, HTC connect, Push Play for Android from the iControlAV2013 app, DLNA, MHL, Pandora and Internet radio. And that's just scratching the surface. It has a plethora of codecs it can play, lossless audio formats, upconverts sources to HDMI and 4K resolutions, Audio Return Channel and 3D capable. It has two HDMI zones, two Audio zones, 90 watts per channel for 8 ohm impedance speakers and 165 watts per channel for 6 ohm impedance speakers. I would take the wattage with a grain of salt however. This also has the A/B Class amplifiers.

First before I begin I think I need to cover Pioneer MCACC a bit. MCACC stands for Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System, and it is a piece of software built into the receiver which optimizes the sound for your room. You plug in a mic that comes with the unit and set it up at ear level where you would sit and listen to your music, movies and other audio sources. It will adjust the system sound and generate the best acoustics and listening levels for your room. Your first run you want to run MCACC in Full Auto, ALL CH ADJ, with the following speaker settings, either Normal(SB/FH), Normal (SB/FW), or Speaker B. Unless you have THX speakers set that option to no. Also for the above setting you need to to have at least a 5.1 system. I set my receiver to Speaker B when I ran MCACC. After I ran MCACC and then I copied the results to all 6 memory slots, just so I can have a backup when tweaking the settings. Even though I copied the results I only adjusted the speaker distance and some of the levels on only the first memory slot.
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66 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Reggie H on April 21, 2013
I actually purchased my VSX-1123K from my local Best Buy. As much as my wife and I adore Amazon Prime, the fact that Pioneer doesn't honor warranties for receivers purchased through Amazon did not sit well with me, especially considering the complications people have had with the VSX-1022.

As for the performance, I have to tell you that I was previously using a 6.1 Channel 760 watt Onkyo home theatre in a box for 9 years, and for about a week, a 5.1 Channel Denon AVR 1513, so I have to compare it to those two. This is my first experience with Pioneer receivers, but I was able to go through the entire setup with little difficulty, despite many complaints of Pioneer's interface being very confusing. Now for the Audio/Video performance

Audio Performance:
It's just OK, but I think I will look into disabling the fully automatic MCACC altogether, or manually doing the setup. Through the Blu-ray players, I am running the new Andrew Jones (22 series) speakers for mains, surrounds, and center channel. At 1 week old, they aren't broken in yet but they sounded beautiful with excellent imaging with the Onkyo, even better with the Denon (that upgrade included Dolby TrueHD and DST Master HD but much lower power receiver). Neither of those used room correction, and I think that the MCACC is at fault with the Pioneer. Before, the base was so full and authoritative with the Onkyo and Denon, I was constantly turning down my Onkyo sub to balance out the base. The imaging was excellent--voices in music would stay firmly planted slightly left of center and just above eye height on my tv. With the Pioneer, I ran the full auto MCACC out of the box, with the microphone placed EXACTLY at my ear height in the center of the seating area.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Sean Guenther on August 8, 2013
I ended up buying this from a brick and mortar retailer because once I had agreement from my wife to make the purchase, I jumped at the opportunity to have physical custody of it. This receiver is replacing a VSX-815 for comparison. And this review is not going to discuss sound quality, other than to say your particular speakers are going to sound as good as they ever will with this model.
Overall, the features are great and this unit definitely delivers in traditional Pioneer fashion. It has a lot of power for all seven channels (9 if you set up the second zone), the addition of several new processing formats and listening modes, and a couple of key features that I'll review in more detail that make the 1123 worth the higher price.
Just a quick reference to some of the comments about un-boxing and enjoying this unit: if you do find the receiver to be a little intimidating during setup, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the included CD-Rom. It's not just an instruction manual; the included software is used to detect the receiver on the network and guide you through both the physical setup, as well as providing setting changes directly to the receiver over the network.
Let's start with the most negative and work our way to the top :o)

3 Stars
*** Missing preouts!
This model only has preouts for: 1. front L/R, and; 2. two subwoofer speakers. There is so much more real estate on the backplane of this model than my 815, and the circuits already exist on the breadboards: why not put pre-amplified connections for all seven channels as an option? This was a feature I loved on the 815 and allowed for much more flexibility with existing speakers.
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