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Great NETWORK receiver
on November 18, 2011
I've had the oppurtunity to install this receiver about 5 times now, and everytime i'm amazed at the sound. But the real reason why i've been pressed to write a review is the network capabilities. If you have a surround sound system in the main room and have two speakers out in the back patio and you have an iphone/ipad/ipod touch or most Android devices, like my HTC Evo 3D, you can control this receiver (as long as you're on the wifi network the receiver is on. I highly recommend using a Harmony remote for zone 1, then using the app on the mobile device for zone 2. Every one of my clients have been amazed at how easily they can control their second zone now. They're blown away about how you can listen to Pandora, almost every internet radio station in the world, SiriusXM, Napster, their ipod/iphone, all controlled from their mobile device. it's really easy to change stations on Pandora, scroll though your ipod, as if you had the ipod in your hand (even on my Android phone).
Setup is a breeze, connect all main speakers, connect zone 2 speakers, hdmis, and a few stereo rca's if necessary, run through the settings of the receiver, set it for dual-zone, connect an ethernet cable (i typically use a Netgear powerline ethernet adapter with 4 ports if the receiver is not next to the router), and you're done.
Properly set up, you will not be dissappointed.
FYI, the Pioneer Elite VSX-50 has the network capabilities but the Pioneer app does not allow you to listen to internet radio (HMG input) or the ipod with the provided cable on zone 2. You need to purchase the pioneer ipod dock in order to do so. I just tried it today.