- 110 Watts X 7, 7 channel configurable amplifier, surround back
- Dolby Pro-logic IIz or B speaker, Dolby True-HD / DTS-HD master audio and advanced MCACC
- Auto crossover setting
- It has a internet radio
- iControl pioneer AVR iPhone / iTouch "APP" Multi-Zone A/V pre-out, preset remote control
Pioneer VSX-1020-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Front USB connectivity provide iPod, touch, and iPhone users ultimate plug-and-play integration of their Apple products with their home theater
- Simple connectivity to high-performance HD video, HD audio, portable, internet, wireless, and analog components
- The latest version of HDMI inputs and outputs provide more HD connectivity options with "future-proof" 3-D capability
- 1080p video conversion and upscaling ensures the highest quality video from any source
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The critics I read all raved about the excellent sound quality, but the 1020 brings some new offerings to the table for a mid-range receiver.
In short, the most valuable features you get with this model that you don't get with the next step down are:
1. A fifth HDMI port in back, an extra sixth in front (for digital cameras, computers, etc.).
2. Analog video upscaling (which I don't care too much about since most of my content is HD already or played through an upscaling player).
3. The iContolAV iPhone app. Very cool for controlling volume and switching inputs. Works simply by having your receiver connected to ethernet and your iPhone connected to the network via WiFi. A few times the app has had trouble properly connecting, but it usually works well.
4. Internet radio with programmable stations, which is cool, though you can't currently control the station selections from the iPhone App, unfortunately.
5. A color configuration interface output to your TV via the HDMI output. I can't imagine trying to configure all my speakers without seeing a graphical representation of their location on screen.
That last feature feature, the HDMI 1.4 ports that support 3D, the 7.1 surround capabilities, excellent sound quality and the iPhone App are what made the VSX-1020 the clear choice for me.Read more ›
This thing switches inputs relatively quickly and can scroll through audio settings without long interruptions in sound. Powering up on the other hand is extremely sluggish. I timed 40 seconds from power up to get picture and sound rolling. I really like that you can customize the input names although the method of scrolling through each letter takes a while. It's also nice to be able to hide some inputs so that you don't have to scroll through a bunch of inputs that are never used when scanning through.
The remote is setup like a universal remote. You have to select a specific mode for most inputs. Say you're in ipod mode, you have to go back into receiver mode to use many of the settings buttons. This makes it very difficult to program a universal remote to control the receiver. you have to have a different set of arrow commands programmed for each input. Also, for programming a universal remote. All inputs have a separate button that you can program except of course HDMI inputs which are the ones I use.Read more ›
For reference, the 1020 is replacing an Onkyo 1007, which I really enjoyed, but was a bit big for the cabinet and largely unused with a baby's bedroom nearly adjacent to the area. Keep in mind, the Onkyo weighs 52 lbs and draws nearly 11 amps - not a fair fight between the two.
In comparison to the 1019/919 (which powers my second and third zones), the 1020 looks very similar, but Pioneer removed the blue led power button (they did the same with the bdp-320 from the 51fd last year as well). The front panel buttons have been reconfigured slightly, but overall the two look very similar.
I have the 1020 configured as 5.1 plus wides. The speaker setup was pretty easy, but it appears that setting it up as normal plus wides would prevent you from operating Zone 2 despite the manual saying the contrary.
In terms of audio quality, the receiver sounds very good and similar to the 1019/919. That said, when turned louder (say -5db), it appears to lose its legs a bit sooner than the 1019. I heard a bit more distortion in playing music loudly (i was alternating the same speakers and source via speaker switch before I had the two connected). That said, I would think most folks would not be able to tell a difference at normal volume levels, but the power draw cut from last year does seem to manifest itself at loud levels in my amateurish testing. Please do not try to pull every thread in my comparison - just an average guy comparing the two side by side.Read more ›
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Terrible quality. Avoid Pioneer products at all costs. This receiver failed after six years of minimal use. An american made piece of junk!Published 1 month ago by Kevin
This sucks. You can view my account to see that I am a verified purchaser and I've bought 3 different receivers from Pioneer - all of them suck so bad and have stopped working for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charlie Hessen
Had the VSX-1020 for 6 years and now it has suddenly developed an intermittent loud low frequency hum through my speakers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
This was my largest purchase on Amazon back in 2011. This thing has been through dorms, frat houses, and apartments. Well worth the money.Published 6 months ago by Audiophile
I bought this in 2011, it's now a BRICK and Pioneer won't even bother fixing it, the sounds gets totally distorted to the point the speakers are popping and the speaker covers get... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steven Lewis
I bought it for $330 four years ago. unit still works , sounds good , I have JBL floorstanding and klipch center channel and surround are klipch as well
unit works I have a... Read more
Never again Pioneer. Can't upgrade the firmware without taking it to a service center... there are not many. After less than two years the unit would just shut itself off. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Travis WIlson