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Pioneer VSX-1021-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver, Glossy Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Bluetooth Ready with Pioneer AirJam App,1-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
- Home Network DLNA 1.5 Certified and Internet Radio with vTuner
- Pioneer iControlAV2 App
- HDMI 1.4a 3-D Ready with Audio Return Channel, Apple Airplay / iPad / iPhone Certified
- Amplifier Design Direct Energy Channels 7.1 Power Output Per Channel (20Hz-20kHz, .08%THD@8ohm) 90 Power Output Per Channel (1kHz@8ohm) 110 Power Output Per Channel (1kHz@6ohm) 130
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This item Pioneer VSX-1021-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver, Glossy Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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|Connectivity Technology||Wireless||wi-fi_built_in, bluetooth, hdmi, wi-fi_ready||Analog Audio In, MHL, Coaxial, Optical In, Pre Out (Subwoofer), Headphone Out, USB, AV In, HDMI||Wired & Wireless||hdmi|
|Item Dimensions||17.2 x 14.3 x 6.6 in||18 x 22.5 x 11 in||15.69 x 19.5 x 9.25 in||17.1 x 12.8 x 2.8 in||17.12 x 14.88 x 6.75 in|
|Item Weight||22 lbs||22 lbs||19.25 lbs||8.8 lbs||22.1 lbs|
|Output Wattage||120 watts||160 watts||145 watts||80 watts||145 watts|
|Additional Features||Bluetooth ready with pioneer AirJam app, Home network DLNA 1.5 certified and internet radio with vTuner, Pioneer iControlAV2 app, HDMI 1.4a 3-D ready with audio return channel, apple airplay/iPad/iPhone certified, Amplifier design direct energy channels 7.1 power output per channel (20Hz-20kHz, .08%THD@8ohm)||—||3D Compatiblity||3D Compatiblity, Sleep Timer||—|
|Number of Audio Channels||7.1 channel||7.2 channel||5.2||5.1||7.2|
The Pioneer VSX-1021 is a Home Network Ready AV Receiver featuring a Bluetooth wireless audio option, Apple Airplay, DLNA 1.5 certifications, and Internet Radio Access via vTuner. Other features include 770 watts of high powered 7.1 home theater audio playback, 5 HDMI 1.4a 3-D ready inputs, Audio Return Channel, Advanced Video Processing and Up-Conversion, iPad / iPhone AV Playback with battery charger.Power Requirements: 120V AC 60 Hz.
Popular Receiver Options
|Watts/Channel||90 x 7||125 x 7||90 x 7||100 x 7||110 x 7|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year||2 years||2 years||2 years||2 years|
|3D Pass-through Ready?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Radio Antenna (FM/AM) Input||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Auto Calibration Microphone||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Wifi Smartphone App Control||iPod/iPhone||iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android Device||iPod/iPhone/iPad||iPod/iPhone, Android Device||iPod/iPhone/iPad|
|Zone Control||2 zone||Powered 2 zone||2 zone||Powered 2 zone||2 zone|
|Advanced Audio Formats:|| || || || || |
|Composite AV Inputs||5||5||3||5||3|
|Analog Audio Inputs||6||5||6||7||6|
|Digital Optical Audio Inputs||2||2||1||2||2|
|Digital Coaxial Audio Inputs||2||2||1||2||1|
|Stereo Mini Jack Input||0||0||0||0||0|
|Headphone Jack Output||1||1||1||1||1|
Top customer reviews
I purchased this receiver back in January and loved everything about it: amazing sound quality, plenty of features, ease of setup, etc. Also, the Amazon experience, as usual, was great.
In April, all the HDMI ports suddenly stopped working. Everything else worked fine. I contacted Amazon to see if I could exchange the item for another one, since it's only been a couple of months, but was informed that since it's already past the grace period, the return policy doesn't apply, which is understandable. So, next, I decided to contact Pioneer and see if I can get a replacement on the item, considering it comes with a one year warranty from the manufacturer. In response, I received a rather rude email from their customer service department stating, in summarized terms, "Sir, since you bought this receiver through Amazon, an unauthorized dealer, your one year warranty does not apply. Here is the number of a service center in your area. You're on your own." I had purchased a two year warranty with Square Trade when I bought the receiver, so I decided to contact them as well. I have to say, those guys are great; they treat you like you matter to them. They advised me to go ahead and send the receiver to the service center, and then email them the receipt and they'll cover the expenses for the repair.
On May 15th, I dropped off the receiver at the service center. They said it might take a couple of weeks to have it ready. I called two weeks later to check status and they told me that the main board needs to be replaced. However, Pioneer does not have the part in stock, and instead it's on back order. They tell me to give them about four more weeks. At the end of June I call the service center again: still waiting for parts; no updates from Pioneer either. Come end of July, and I call once again to check on status: still waiting for parts. The people at the service center tell me they've been trying to get a hold of Pioneer to try to expedite this repair, but cannot get through to them.
So, here we are, August already and I have not been able to enjoy a brand new product for which I paid a lot of money. In conclusion, the receiver itself was amazing - for the little time I had it. Just beware of the type of customer service/warranty hurdles you will have to go through when it breaks. I should have saved more money and just go with Denon.
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The remote control software is great and it is called icontrolAV2 which loads up on your Android based phone. It controls volume, selects inputs, turns the receiver off and on if in network standby mode, selects internet radio stations and has all kind of audiophile functions for precision tuning as well. There is a version of this software app available for the iPad and iphone as well. I have used the iPad version and the Android version is much more intuitive imho. There is also another app which comes on a cd for your computer or downloads from iTunes for your iPad/iPhone its called AVNavigator which is little more than an interactive manual and can be skipped by most users. I say this because if you can understand the manual you won't need this 2nd program and if you cant understand the manual then you won't understand AVNavigator either since its basically the same thing.
The DLNA 1.5 implementation is a disaster from the receiver and a joy to use from the PC. You must go into windows media player into library-'media sharing'check the box that says share my media-' then select VSX-1021 from the devices want to allow. If windows happens to see your network as public you have to go into networking and switch it to private for any of this to work. The only good thing is you only have to do all this one time.
After getting the PC setup to share you only have to go to the receiver and switch it over to D.M.G. you then get a OSD where you can browse your music and play your .FLAC, WMA and MP3 files with reckless abandon. The only problem here is the OSD looks like some kind of old school Etch and Sketch project from the 70's. I got 20,000 songs on my PC and this ridiculous music browser is displaying every single song title in alphabetical order with no regard to album or artist. Pioneers software implementation to browse pc's for music is just a bust.
However, if you use a third part application to push the tunes from the PC to the VSX-1021 everything works great. I use airfoil to push music out to the receiver and its way more versatile than airplay for the PC users like myself. I have tested this with such software players as Songbird, Verizon Media Manager, MusicBee and MediaMonkey. I must say that the playback from MediaMonkey is far superior than the others. I had never noticed a difference when playing from the PC speakers, but when pushing out to the VSX-1021 it exposes a lot of differences in the sound output of these software music players.
Airplay worked great right out of the box. My roommate and I both had iTunes pushing songs to the receiver from each of our windows laptops immediately. I grabbed my iPad and had no trouble streaming Sirrus XM radio and Pandora from the iPad to the receiver using airplay. The way you do this is by double tapping the home button on the iPad while using the airplay compatible application. This opens up an application tray. Drag it over to the right to reveal a set of controls, you will then see the usual airplay icon just like it shows up in iTunes where you can select either the VSX-1021 or iPad as the active speakers.
Now as far as the sound quality of this receiver, I must say it is fantastic. The power draw on this receiver is 550 watts which way up from the previous generation of pioneer receiver. It says 90 watts per channel and is having no trouble driving my Def Tech BP-8060ST's with ease. I am very happy with my music listening experience with the VSX-1021 receiver. I have played Mortal Kombat vs DC and Madden 2012 on the PS3 and the sound is great. I have the sound set on auto detect and it does a good job of switching between games, movies and music all on its own. Only movie I have watched so far is the "Clash of the Titans 3D" on Blue Ray and I was quite pleased with the sound effects and visual quality.
I highly recommend this receiver for someone like myself who is looking for a great all around entry level receiver for all your entertainment needs. It is very nice to buy something these days and actually get your money's worth!