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123 of 132 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
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I've owned this AV receiver for a couple weeks now and am quite happy with its performance. I opted to network it by connecting it via Cat6 cable to an 8-port Gigabit network switch, which is then connected to a universal WiFi adapter that is connected to the 5-GHz band on my dual-band WiFi router. I have been able to stream Pandora, Internet radio (vTuner), and audio/video via AirPlay from my MacBook Pro with iTunes without issue.

I can confirm that the user interface experience is a bit dull (e.g. grey, no on-screen keyboard, etc), but it functions well enough, so I can't complain. I have other devices (e.g. Roku 2) with better interfaces that I'll likely continue to do most of my streaming from. The HDMI overlay setup menu is an independent mode, but I'm not sure why others are finding that to be a fault as I would not want a video stream to be playing in the background while I was trying to read the white text of the setup menu and make changes.

I was a bit disappointed to learn, after getting the AV receiver networked, that it is unable to update its firmware automatically. Instead, it detects that a new firmware version is available (after checking over the Internet) and then provides you with instructions for downloading the update from a computer and applying it with a USB thumbdrive. As a result, the primary purpose for networking the AV receiver is to enable AirPlay support.

The ControlApp works great on my Android smartphone running the "Gingerbread" (v2.3.4) version of the OS. After detecting the AV receiver, it downloads a small update to the app, which permits you to control the volume (using an on-screen dial) and toggle between the input sources. I find that I can use either the included remote control or the Android app interchangeably, without having to toggle anything on the AV receiver itself.

I use "Direct" stereo mode with some fantastic Pioneer floor standing loudspeakers with MCACC enabled. The audio output to the speakers has been incredible. I am hearing things in HDTV streams that I've never heard before.

I have a Wii connected to the Composite input and can confirm that 1080p up-sampling works without a hitch. Sometimes there is some very subtle flicker along the bottom/top of the image, but it seems to go away after a minute or two. This is an up-sampled image, so its graphical quality is not improved, but simply made compatible with the HDMI output provided to my TV.

I also have my non-HDMI Xbox 360 (in HD mode) connected to the Component input and can confirm that 720p/1080i passthrough is supported. Unfortunately, 1080p passthrough is not supported over the Component input (aside: I've verified that my Xbox 360 can support 1080p resolution by connecting it directly to my HDTV). When attempting this feat, sound was successfully played, but no image was displayed on my 1080p HDTV. After my initial disappointment, I have resolved to use my Xbox 360 in 1080i mode.

My remaining devices (Cable Box, Roku 2, and PS3) are connected via HDMI and work flawlessly. I have noticed that switching input sources is not instantaneous. The delay (usually less than 5-sec) is compounded by my HDTV going into "Searching for Signal" mode whenever a switch is made. I have an older HDTV from 2007, so newer TVs that "find" signals faster will likely have reduced delays between switched feeds. From everything that I've read, my observed delay is pretty typical of AV receivers switching between concurrently executing audio/video sources and has much to do with the amount of processing enabled. This performance is not a deal breaker for me, as I'm usually using a particularly input source exclusively for some period of time before switching to another. I have no need to rapidly bounce back-and-forth between input sources.

I am very pleased with this product and look forward to being able to test its 3D passthrough capability when affordable consumer devices begin to appear on the market in the coming years.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2012
Okay so I received mine and have been using now for about 3 weeks. This unit is fantastic. Every feature it claims to support, it does in fact support. Sound from the unit is more crisp than other receivers I have used in the past (mainly Onkyo). I bundled it with a Polk audio RM510 5.1 speaker system for $450 on Newegg.com (a total steal considering the receiver itself is $400). It shows how to use the Pandora directly in the users manual, no internet searching necessary. I would hardly consider this an "incomplete product" because it has more features than I even bargained for, like midnight mode. Midnight mode is great if you live in a dorm/apartment and want all the dialogue loud in the movie but don't want the action scenes waking up your neighbors. If you are like me I used to watch movies late with the volume remote in my hand and constantly adjusted throughout the entire movie. Bottom line, this S. R. Lingala guy has no idea what he is talking about.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2013
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Bought this to replace one of the notorious Onkyo receivers with the bad HMDI cards. That old Onkyo had wonderful sound but was worthless because of the HDMI problem. Would not see devices. The Pioneer lacks the punch of the Onkyo on the low end but is arguably a bit cleaner on the high end. And the sound imaging is good (I am running a 5.1 setup.) . Auto calibration is pretty lousy. Just do it manually, set the speaker size and distance yourself. It sounds a lot better. Network functionality is pretty primitive. It works but the output display to the HDTV is ugly beyond words. Jittery black and white text on the Network Radio function. Reminds me of DOS, circa 1990. A folder and file arrangement using text tree. Ugh. Only a little better on Pandora. AirPlay works well (but the receiver must be networked for it to work, something some people dont seem to understand.) The Pioneer ap is pretty limited and the lag time on volume makes it a bit tricky to use. But it does work. The remote is awful. Not backlit. Lots of tiny oddly arranged buttons with tiny text. But, hey what do you expect for $250? Given the price, it's not a bad deal. But don't expect a high end experience. It is just adequate. A decent entry level network receiver.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
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I like the receiver a lot so far. Power is good, seem better than 80w per channel. I have Andrew Jones Pioneer speakers in the mail now and I can't wait to pair them up and see the results. It pushes good clear sound through my current (infinity sterling front/center) speakers.

The only thing I didn't like was parts of the initial setup. It runs in demo mode until you run an automatic microphone room mapping. You can't start it until/unless you have your tv attached in video mode. Initially I only had it setup with the optical cable out of the tv, no hdmi cables yet. Once I setup the hdmi cables into the receiver, than out to the tv, the room mapping options were available on the screen. Not a huge deal but a little irritating. Go ahead and get all of your wiring plugged in first, than run the setup.

The full manual is on cd (a short getting started guide is printed), I haven't looked at it yet so can't say how good/bad it might be.

Remote control is a little cluttered, but that is common for receiver remotes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2013
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Last year I bought a different amp for my home theater, one that featured HD radio and seemed to be up-to-date. Like this, it was fairly low priced. It also had a hum in its sound that I never got rid of. I even sent it back and got a replacement, with the same hum. After that I thought it must be something else in my system and I was resigned to live with it.

This year I bought this Pioneer receiver because the older one was not Blu-Ray compatible. This is what I should have bought in the first place! Multiple HDMI inputs, all the sound formats you can think of, It sounds terrific. It coaxes superb multi-channel sound out of my 6 speakers that I never thought was possible. And there is absolutely no hum. Some reviewers say it was tough to set up, but that was not my experience. It took about a half hour to swap this for the old receiver, and I had no problem whatsoever. It includes a microphone that I placed where I would sit to watch TV, and the array of speakers was perfectly calibrated in about a minute. With the old receiver, that alone took a half hour. I read that it would be difficult to set up my Harmony One remote, but that was about 15 minutes of basic button-pushing.

This is not a glowing review based on one day's use. I've had this now for 6 weeks, and I've watched and listened to all kinds of TV shows, streaming video, Blu-Ray discs, radio, CDs, Pandora, and mp3's from the cloud. I did miss the HD radio a little bit, but otherwise this receiver has done it all. 5 stars for the Pioneer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2013
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Got this for my dad to drag him in to the 21st century. We hooked up a PS3, a DVD/VCR combo and a PVR. I set the PVR to pass through to the TV so that they wouldn't have to turn the receiver on just to watch TV. I printed out the instructions from the internet before even picking the unit up. I followed what they said and hooked EVERYTHING up to the unit before plugging it in and turning it on, then hit the on-screen menu button to turn off the demo mode and do everything I stated above here. The menu on screen is laughable, no argument here. It brought back memories of programming DOS on my old Commodore 64, but once you're done using it you don't really need to keep going back in to it unless you're constantly making adjustments. The sound is REALLY good for a center and 2 bookshelf speakers, and everything else was actually pretty straight forward...if you have the manual. I will stress that, because I can totally see how this machine could appear to be sent from hell if you're good and experienced with setting these kinds of things up and you decide you don't need "no stinking manual!". Without it, I'm not sure how long I would've been sitting there, instead of the 30 minutes that it took me. And this machine is a whopping $200 more where I live, so yes, this thing is worth the money and definitely worth a look for second/alternate home theater in the house. Or for the price, an incredible value for a first-timer. I cannot speak at all to the ethernet, but I'll take everyone else's word that it's a pain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2013
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My day job is running AV systems so at home I try to nerd out frugally. This is an excellent receiver. Set-up was a breeze (even for the non techy) for the most part. My semi off brand TV and getting the remote to control it (figuring out the correct code) was the only thing that was close to an "issue". Plenty of ports on the back for each of your needs and sound quality is great. It come with an iPod cable with attached video so you can watch straight from your iPod or iPhone 4s or older. If you dont know you MUST have LAN cable to use airplay OR a bluetooth adapter (seperate). You could also grab an ethernet wifi adapter for 20-30 bucks and make this beast wireless. Machine runs pretty cool as well. Mine sits in a very tight cabinet and even after a few hours/long movie of watching it is still only warm inside. Considering this was ($270ish) when I purchased and all 3 other models were at minimum $40 dollars more you can not go wrong. I've tested other non-Pioneer units and this is by far the best (I haven't sent it back and have no plans too) there aren't many people who could want more than what this can do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
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I love my new receiver, when it went from $440 to $260 I jumped on it. It's easy to set up! Sounds great (for once CNET was wrong)the MCACC is simple! Only thing instructions on CD? Naw, give me paper. And use the NETGEAR WNCE2001 Universal WiFi Internet Adapter it's 44 bucks, easy to connect and setup with the Pioneer VSX-1022-K.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2012
I got this over the last week, Logitech remote works fine. Pick the 822-K and you will be fine. The GUI blows, don't expect too much. It's also only 80 Watts @ 8 ohms, but it rocks my new Polk's. I bought the Bluetooth adapter and I'm streaming from my iPhone and Motorola XOOM. Airplay works real good on both devices too. I came from a real nice amp to this (Yamaha RX-V3800) and I'm not disappointed. Honestly for the little I paid for it, I'm happy. Maybe the next model up would have had better GUI/OSD but I have too many other devices that do a better job (The above & XBOX360, WD HD-Live, Roku, a Hacked Apple TV2 and a PS3).

If you want the better GUI get the next model up or Elite models.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2013
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This is my first A/V receiver. I've had it for about a month now, and I paired it with a set of Polk Audio RM705 5.1 home theater system.Set up was really easy and Auto MCACC works great.It made a big difference in both audio and video for me. The only reason that I didn't give it 4 stars is because I'm still trying to connect it to my WiFi network so I can enjoy it even more using Internet radio. I also like the Bluetooth plug in the back where you can plug in your Bluetooth adaptor and start Bluetooth streaming. I was lucky that my Samsung TV supports the HDMI Audio Return Channel so all I had to do was to connect the receiver to the TV using a HDMI cable and now when I watch regular TV programs I can hear the sound through the speakers which is truly amazing! I have my DVR,Blue-ray DVD player and my Xbox connected to it and everything works perfect. Money well spent! I also need to mention that the whole ordering process and shipping through Amazon was really smooth and I couldn't be happier.
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