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Pioneer VSX-1021-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver, Glossy Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

2.8 out of 5 stars 235 customer reviews
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  • 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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Technical Details

  • 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)

Product Description

Product Description

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.


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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
Remote Included Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subwoofer Pre-Out Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radio Antenna (FM/AM) Input Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GUI/Onscreen Display Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto Calibration Microphone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Video Upconversion Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Wifi Smartphone App Control iPod/iPhone iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android Device iPod/iPhone/iPad iPod/iPhone, Android Device iPod/iPhone/iPad
Network Connected Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zone Control 2 zone Powered 2 zone 2 zone Powered 2 zone 2 zone
Advanced Audio Formats:
  • Dolby: TrueHD, Digital, Digital Plus, Digital EX, Pro Logic II
  • DTS: Master Audio, ES, Neo:6
  • Dolby: TrueHD, Digital, Digital Plus, Pro Logic II, Pro Logic IIx
  • DTS: HD Master Audio, HD High Resolution, Express, Neo:6, ES Discrete, ES Matrix, 96/24
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  • Dolby: TrueHD, Digital, Digital Plus, Pro Logic IIz, EX
  • DTS: HD Master Audio, HD High Resolution, EX, ES, Neo:6, 96/24
  • Dolby: TrueHD, Digital, Digital Plus, Pro Logic IIz, EX
  • DTS: Express, HD high Resolution Audio, 94/24, ES Discrete, ES Matrix, Neo:6
  • THX Select 2
  • Dolby: TrueHDDigital, Digital Plus, Pro Logic IIz, EX
  • DTS: HD Master Audio, ES Discrete, ES Matrix, Neo:6, 96/24
HDMI Inputs 5 6 6 6 4
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
USB Inputs 1 1 1 1 1
Headphone Jack Output 1 1 1 1 1

Product Information

Product Dimensions 14.3 x 17.2 x 6.6 inches
Item Weight 22 pounds
Shipping Weight 26 pounds
Manufacturer Pioneer
Item model number VSX-1021-K
Customer Reviews
2.8 out of 5 stars 235 customer reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #242 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Receivers & Amplifiers > Receivers
#298 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > AV Receivers & Amplifiers
#1,548 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Stereo System Components
Date first available at Amazon.com March 8, 2011

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By David Chandler on May 3, 2011
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My Thoughts on the VSX-1021

Up until now I've been living with a limping-along Kenwood Soverign VR-5090. It was definitely showing its age. The lack of HDMI was really getting to be a problem. About a week ago it started completely breaking down and stopped detecting audio properly; instead of detecting digital audio it would default to analog inputs and simply not play anything. Time for a new receiver. I am no audiophile but I can tell the difference between high quality audio and an undersampled MP3. That said, most of my comparisons will be with respect to my old VR-5090 as that's what I was coming from.

I settled on the VSX-1021 because the feature set was strong, the 1020 had some pretty impressive reviews, and because after getting burned by the Kenwood Soverign line I wanted some solid tech that didn't really represent being an early adopter again. Yes the 1021 is brand new, but it's very similar to the 1020 which is a fairly well-tested design.

Notes on my setup:
5.1 Home Theater + 2nd Stereo zone
HDMI Set Top Box that plays 720P and 1080i
HTPC with Blu Ray
Handful of video game systems, some HDMI, some Component

IMO the audio is solid. Certainly strong enough for my home theater system, stays smooth and gets as loud as the wife will let me make it. I wasn't thrilled with the results of MCAAC so I've tweaked calibration by hand... I'm still tweaking to find that perfect balance, but that's not an issue with the receiver.

I've put the system through its paces with a variety of DVDs, CDs, and digital music and I'm well satisfied with the results. Again, I'm no audiophile, but it's certainly on par with the 5090 paid quite a bit more for 10 years ago.

Mixed results.
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The VSX-1021 Receiver is my first true home theater/surround sound system. Previously I had been listening to Blu-ray audio through a JVC shelf system, and since that wasn't fitting the bill, I purchased this Pioneer based on my parents' positive experiences with the brand in the 80s and 90s. I have to say that the name has not let them (or me) down!

The sound quality of the VSX-1021 is amazing; I didn't realize what a difference surround sound would make for movies. Furthermore, it sounds excellent with my CDs and vinyl records too. I could never have hoped for better sound or picture quality.

There are several features that other customers are complaining about "not working," and I'd like to clear up some facts here...

First of all, Airplay is an amazing, flawless feature on the 1021. It allows you to stream music from your computer's iTunes library through the 1021. For this feature to work properly, you must allow file sharing and various other exceptions within your computer's network settings and your iTunes settings. All of this is outlined either in the manual and/or on Pioneer's online customer service website. Once the correct settings are made, your music will play seamlessly. You can even control such functions as play/pause and previous/next song using the Pioneer remote, but, again, you have to adjust your iTunes settings to allow outside sources to control playback. Those who complain about Airplay simply haven't read though the instructions thoroughly enough.

There are other customers who've complained about the preset input labels on the 1021. One of the best features of this unit is its ability to rename labels.
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Over the past two years, few other CEs have pushed the value lever as hard as Pioneer in offering mid-range features in an entry-level product. Both the Pioneer VSX-1019 and 1020 offered exceptional featureset (Ipod Playback via USB in the 1019; iphone control, blutooth and internet streaming i the 1020) in what were effectively entry level receivers in the minds of most home theater enthusiasts. In many ways, the Pioneer VSX-1021 carries the torch of its predecessors in offering features that were rarely found in last year's receivers at twice the price. More importantly, Pioneer demonstrated some important upgrades in the basic construction and build quality that would satisfy the more visceral needs of audiophiles.

The VSX-1019 of 2009 was in many ways the darling of the entry level receiver market on the professional review circuit. Reviews praised it for its featureset and its ability to ascend its pricepoint in musicality. The 1020 pushed featureset over traditional muscle in offering bluetooth streaming, internet radio, and iphone control, but trimming back on power consumption to a lean 240 watts. Pioneer appears to have listened to the audiophile criticism of the lower power draw and answered with a beefier successor in the 1021. Power consumption shot up to an 1120-eclipsing 550 watts. They also replaced the cheap-looking spring closing crimp speaker terminals for front height on the 1021 for nine screw binding posts. The 1021 retains two up-market features not found in nearly all of its competitors: wide speaker capability and a learning remote, both inherited from the 1020.

Pioneer refreshed the front fascia of the 1021 in a conservative, clean design that does abandon the somewhat signature blue led pioneer lights we have seen in the past.
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