Pioneer VSX-1120-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- High-Power Discrete Transistor multi-hannel amplifiers
- 1080p video conversion and upscaling ensures the highest quality video from any source--even "legacy" analog
- Simple connectivity of high-performance HD video, HD audio, portable, internet, wireless
- "Works with iPhone" certification and front USB connectivity provide iPod, touch
- The latest version of HDMI inputs and outputs provide more HD connectivity options with "future-proof" 3-D capability
- "Works with iPhone" certification and front USB connectivity provide iPod, touch
- Simple connectivity of high-performance HD video, HD audio, portable, internet, wireless
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|Connectivity Technology||—||bluetooth, hdmi, wi-fi_ready||wi-fi_built_in, bluetooth, hdmi, wi-fi_ready||Ethernet|
|Item Dimensions||16.55 x 17.06 x 6.82 in||17.13 x 14.56 x 6.81 in||18 x 22.5 x 11 in||17.12 x 12.38 x 6.38 in|
|Item Weight||28.82 lbs||22 lbs||22 lbs||17.9 lbs|
|Output Wattage||110 watts||160 watts||160 watts||80 watts|
|Additional Features||—||3D Compatiblity, Sleep Timer||—||5-channel powerful surround sound, Discrete amp configuration, Front panel USB digital connection for ipod, iphone and ipad, Multi-language color OSD, 4K pass-through for next generation super high resolution images|
|Number of Audio Channels||7.1 channel||7.2||7.2 channel||5.1|
Key Features are I20 Watts x 7 – (20Hz – 20kHz @ 8 ohm w/ .08%THD) It has a 7 Channel Direct Energy Configurable Amplifier with Surround Back. Dolby Pro-logic IIz or B Speaker, THX Select 2 Plus Certified, Dolby True-HD / DTS-HD Master Audio, Advanced MCACC with 9 Band EQ , PQLS – Multi-Channel, Auto Level Control – Multi-Channel, Sound Retriever AIR – Multi- channel . It has a Internet Radio. It supports iPod Digital USB / USB Memory Audio, HDMI 1.4 (6 In / 2 out), 3-D and Audio return Channel, Dual HDMI Output, front HDMi In Marvell I080p Video Scaler. Analog to HDMi Video Conversion. It has HDMI to HDMI 1080p Scaling. Component Video (2 in / 1 out). Full Color GUI. It has PC Control with Multi-Zone A/V Pre-out. 9.1 Channel Pre-outs, RS-232 & Detacheable Power and Learning Remote Control
From the Manufacturer
Pioneer VSX-1120-K Receiver: The Ultimate Home Theater Control Center
The Pioneer VSX-1120-K delivers the ultimate level of control and sophistication for your home theater. With connectivity options for all your latest high-definition home theater components and digital 1080p upscaling from any source, the VSX-1120-K takes performance a step further with multi-zone and RS-232 support for home automation systems. And the VSX-1120-K brings extensive connectivity for your digital media via Ethernet and a front USB input, and compatibility with Bluetooth sources (using the optional AS-BT100 adapter, sold separately). Plus, it's "Works with iPhone"-certified, so you can incorporate your favorite Apple products into your home theater easily. iControlAVR, a free iPhone app (downloaded separately) and PC control turns your iPhone, iPod Touch, or PC into the ultimate control center. Home theater systems don't get more powerful or versatile than the Pioneer VSX-1120-K.
The Ultimate iPhone Experience--Now In Your Home Theater
Included cable makes integrating your favorite Apple products a breeze
iControlAVR on your iPhone.
Click to view your iPhone transformed
Get a truly plug-and-play iPhone experience with your home theater. Thanks to the VSX-1120-K's "Works with iPhone" certification, you can enjoy music with iTunes� album art, movies, downloaded TV shows from iTunes, photos, web content such as YouTube� and more. An included USB/composite video cable makes connecting your iPhone to share your favorite media easy--and your iPhone charges automatically when connected. Unlike other receiver lines, there's no need to buy a separate dock to enjoy your iPhone with your home theater. This included cable also works with most generations of iPod Classic, nano, and iPod Touch.
Share your videos, and enjoy music with full album information and album art on your TV. Your iPhone's wireless and network features remain fully functional and music and movies will mute when you receive an incoming call. And you've got lots of control options--use the iPhone directly, or push a single button on the VSX-1120-K's front panel to switch control to the included preset remote and an intuitive, full-color GUI.
Plus, your iPhone's music will always sound its best thanks to Pioneer's exclusive Advanced Sound Retriever technology, which restores lost data in compressed music files. So even in a big room, you'll get much closer to the artist's original intent from you iPhone, iPod or other MP3 player. And Auto Level Control means a smooth, consistent listening experience with no jarring volume changes between your favorite songs and albums.
Pioneer's Free iPhone App Turns Your iPhone or iPod Touch into a Powerful Control Center
Pioneer's iControlAVR (downloaded separately via Apple's App Store) gives you total control over your home theater sound. With controls for master and per-zone volume, room calibration, and more, you've got a simple but powerful way to adjust your home theater sound any way you like.
The iPhone and iPod Touch's accelerometer controls are used to control balance and emphasis--no confusing sequence of remote buttons to remember, just tilt and maneuver your Apple portable device until the sound is right where you want it.
Connectivity That Puts You Closer To Your Movies, Music, and Photos
Bluetooth capability (with AS-BT100 adapter, sold separately)
lets you play music wirelessly from your Bluetooth-enabled portable devices
In addition to connections for all your home theater components, a front HDMI input lets you conveniently connect high-definition devices like an HD camcorder to view your videos in all their glory in your home theater. A front USB port lets you connect your digital camera or portable media player to display a slideshow of JPEG photos on your HDTV, or play MP3, WAV, or WMA music files with full ID3 tag and album art support. And your options don't stop with your portable devices. The Pioneer VSX-1120-K is your portal for SIRIUS� satellite radio (subscription required) and thousands of free Internet radio stations --all just a few clicks of the remote away.
On-Screen GUI, PC Control, and RS-232 Support Provide Even More Control Options
There are more ways to control your Pioneer VSX-1120-K than just your iPhone. There's a full-color on-screen GUI for use with the included preset remote, and PC control capability so you can use your Mac or PC to adjust settings when your receiver is connected to your home network via Ethernet. For full-on home theater automation, the VSX-1120-K supports RS-232 systems such as Control4® and Crestron®. So you can control your Pioneer home theater anywhere, from the whole house to the palm of your hand.
Release Your Smartphone's Music with the AS-BT100 Bluetooth Adapter (sold separately)
For wireless connectivity, add a Pioneer AS-BT100 Bluetooth adapter (sold separately) to release your music from your iPhone, Blackberry®, or Android® smartphone as well as other Bluetooth-enabled sources like laptops. And the VSX-1120-K's Advanced Sound Retriever AIR technology makes sure that even your compressed MP3s are brought back to near cd-quality sound.
How Pioneer's Technology Delivers the Ultimate Home Theater Experience
Connectivity for all your home theater components. View larger
A full-color GUI to control your home theater experience
All of Pioneer's latest receivers support the latest HDMI specification, meaning that you're not just getting the most out of your existing movies and music, you're preparing for the next generation of 3-D video content with the VSX-1120-K. And with 6 HDMI inputs, including 1 on the front panel, you've got more than enough connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available today.
Marvell® 1080p Video Upscaling from Any Source
Marvell's cutting-edge advanced video processing lets you upscale your picture to digital 1080p from virtually any source, even digital HDMI, at a quality level unprecedented in home theaters. PureCinema's extra processing of 3D noise reduction and Y/C color separation ensures you'll get the best picture possible from anything you've got.
True-to-Life, High-Definition Audio and New Dolby Pro Logic IIz and THX Select2 Plus
Of course all the latest Pioneer receivers support high-definition audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Audio to give your Blu-ray Disc® movies a soundtrack that's true-to-life. But Pioneer adds an extra dimension with support for Dolby Pro Logic IIz across its entire 2010 line of receivers, which adds a "height" channel for an even more immersive experience. And the Pioneer VSX-1120-K takes it even further with THX Select2 Plus certification, to ensure a true cinema-quality experience in your home.
Total Control with Custom Pioneer Technologies: Acoustic Calibration, Advanced Sound Retriever, and Auto Level Control
Pioneer's exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC) provides a near studio-quality, multi-channel listening experience customized specifically to your listening environment. An included microphone measures every speaker's connection, and notes its size, distance from the listening point, sound levels and timbre to calibrate and maximize performance. The VSX-1120-K has an advanced version of MCACC that will calibrate with a 9-band equalizer, auto-crossover settings, and can even send charts of its measurements to your PC via USB.
Even compressed audio such as WMA, MP3 and AAC is enhanced with another Pioneer exclusive, Advanced Sound Retriever, by filling in areas where minute details were left out during the compression process. This technology also enhances the audio quality of SIRIUS Satellite Radio and can realize an upper limit frequency of 20kHz with compressed audio playback for surprising audio richness and clarity even from "lossy" digital audio sources. The VSX-1120-K's advanced ASR can restore even multi-channel audio.
Additionally, the Auto Level Control feature can equalize volume level differences between tracks playing from an iPhone or iPod or during television programming so the volume can be enjoyed at a consistent level--no more jarring "blare" when switching audio sources.
All of these technologies come together in the VSX-1120-K to deliver the ultimate level of control and sophistication for the discerning home entertainment enthusiast.
Making Your Pioneer VSX-1120 a Complete Home Theater
Premium in-wall speakers create a complete home theater
7.1 Speaker Packages for the VSX-1120
- The Pioneer S-IC651-LR 6.5" In-ceiling CST Speaker for Front Left and Right
- The Pioneer S-IW551L LCR In-wall CST Speaker for Front Center Channel
- The Pioneer S-IW651-LR In-wall CST Speakers for Surrounds and Surround Backs
- The Pioneer S-W601 12" Powered Subwoofer
- The Pioneer SE-A1000 Flagship Audiophile/Home Theater Headphones
Receiver Feature Chart
|Power||Dolby Pro-Logic IIz||Bluetooth Ready |
|USB/ iPhone Certified||Internet Radio||iPhone Remote App||PC Control||HDMI In - 3D Ready||On-Screen Display|
|110x7 Watts||Speaker Assign||-||-||-||4||Text|
|110x7 Watts||Speaker Assign||-||6 inc. Front||GUI|
|120x7 Watts||Pre-Out and Speaker||6 inc. Front/ |
Top customer reviews
Aesthetically, it's very sexy. I was kind of turned off from a lot of other models that had a slew of buttons or other such clutter on the front. I prefer the sleek facade. It does have enough buttons on the front to give you a good deal of functionality, without making the front look like a remote. The overall construction is very solid. The buttons don't feel cheap, the knobs are solid and turn smoothly. Although the front is plastic, it looks very nice and I'm quite sure it's polycarbonate, which is very tough. It sure does have some heft to it as well, which is reassuring. All of the speaker connections on the back feel sturdy.
The connections available on this boggle the mind. There's anything you could ever need. Sure, there's other models that have 481692437 HDMI connections, but seriously who needs that many? I can't think of how you could even use more than the 5 inputs the 1120 gives you. It offers up to 7.1 surround, which would have been real nice if they'd offered 7.2, but I'll survive. It is listed as 110 watts per channel. I realize the whole controversy about how little this can tell you and that most manufacturers inflate these numbers. But the total output is still a hefty 400 watts, which should be enough for most anyone who doesn't have power-gobbling speakers. And if your speakers are that thirsty, what are you doing looking at a mid-range receiver? The remote is a bit crowded, but makes sense once you take a minute and look at it. Plus it's got a lot of functionality as a universal remote, with preset codes for many manufacturers included in the Pioneer manual. It's a breeze to set up, and I can now control all of my electronics - except the PS3 - with my receiver remote. The backlight button is well placed, my only gripe here is that once the buttons are lit there's still no way to tell what the button does even if you can see it, so you still look like you're shooting in the dark. Lighting up the labels would have been nice, or some sort of distinguishing feature on the buttons themselves.
As for features, this has plenty. I don't much care for the i-phone connectivity, since I don't much care for i-phones. It'd have been nice if they had upped the ante to include "smartphone connectivity" instead. but something I might not have used anyway. The upscaling Marvell chipset does a very nice job of taking even standard definition pictures and making them look like 1080i. Based on my non-professional opinion, it seems to handle it better than my PS3. The on-screen menu is a god-send, I can't imagine having to set all of the options available through the tiny screen on the front of the unit. it's relatively intuitive, and not hard to find what you're looking for. Which is impressive given the number of options available. Setting up the MCACC was a breeze, and I found that I was very happy with the arrangement that it gave me. I would have preferred a little more bass, but then again I don't have a subwoofer yet.
You are also given several different sound options, which is nice. I preferred the direct setting for music, which bypasses much of the audio processing, which projected a more clear, authentic sound. For movies I left it on the Auto Surround setting, which did wonderfully for a full sound stage. I won't be using the Sirius satellite radio, but I guess it's neat that it's there, in case I change my mind in the future. The neat thing for me was the network capability. I haven't set up the internet radio yet, but I probably will.
I love this product, and would buy it again in a second. It sounds great, pushes plenty of power to my Klipsch speakers, and finally gives me a terrific anchor for my home theater system with tons of upward capability still. For the price it's going at, this is the best you'll find for your money. Happy listening.
Although this unit contains speaker connections for 9 speakers, there's limited capability for what you can use at a time. The gist of it is that it allows you to do 7.1 with either front wide/height OR rear surround, 5.1 with a second zone, or 5.1 with passively bi-amped front speakers (which is my current set-up).
C-net did a review of the Pioneer VSX-1020-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver in which they said that it lacks HDMI passthrough. This may or may not be true for the 1020, but there seemed to be nothing I could find on if the 1120 contained HDMI passthrough and most seemed to assume it did not. Let me be the one to say unequivocally that the 1120 does indeed support HDMI passthrough, and I was using it just last night.
Remote needs to be replaced by a universal professional remote like the Harmony. Internet connection is not a big deal and only adds about 20 internet radio stations and iPhone connectivity for an app that really isn't that full featured anyways. I wouldn't look at ethernet connectivity as a big deal here. Bluetooth adapter is great though for streaming iphone songs and radio players like Pandora and AOL radio. Iphone connection on the front wasn't that big of a deal to me neither since it only plays from iTunes library and the album art is not impressive. Get Apple TV if you want impressive artwork from your iTunes library. I prefer the wireless bluetooth for iPhone streaming. I can go from my car to the house and it picks up right where the song left off.
Flimsy plastic cover on the front is cheap. Really not needed though. Looks fine without it.
This worked great with the Blu-Ray and my other 15 or so components (with an 8-port analog switcher for the older pieces), for about 3 months. Everything sounded great, and appeared to work fine. But shortly after setting up the unit for web-radio and an iPod Touch, it lost nearly everything that wasn't direct input...
It stopped connecting to my router, it would only generate errors when you attempted to connect to the internet for anything (web radio stations), the ARC no longer worked, it wouldn't pass-through HDMI when powered off or in standby mode, and the radio reception sucked (I'm 20 miles outside of Philly, I shouldn't have reception issues).
Since it took nearly 4 months to move all my equipment to the new set-up, in a proper cabinet, and then it failed like this after only 3 months of operation... before I even started using the system hardcore, like I did when It was only analogue and AC-3, the warranty period was getting fairly close, and taking this out of the system, or even troubleshooting was a nightmare (there were literally hundreds of wires in the system, and at least three dozen hooked directly to the back of this.
I contacted Pioneer about this, and they wasted my time going over stuff that any noob could figure out. They couldn't even understand I had covered all the details weeks earlier. They basically then started playing a stalling game... They would waste more than 2 hours each time (killing minutes), going over the same things over and over, and blaming my other equipment (like the router... which still works perfectly with 8 other devices, and often transfers more than 60GB a day flawlessly).
They would delay more than 2 weeks at a time in most cases, and when I repetitively asked for an escalation, they refused, just sending me back to the same idiots who didn't have a clue.
The final proper contact I had, sent me to a total lying twit, who said that it was clear the CPU had burned out... Total lie... if the CPU had failed, nothing in the unit would work, since it is basically an audio computer. When I caught him in this, and asked to speak to a supervisor that would properly handle it, they apparently blacklisted me, never returning or accepting calls from that point. Trying to get support from them had it fall outside of the warranty period... and that's when they finally responded again (they had confirmed the warranty info on the first phone call). They then told me to ship it to their repair center (which actually wasn't theirs, but a third party in New York). Effectively costing me more than $100 in shipping, and not counting labor or repairs... Totally crooked and incompetant. BTW, I tried to contact corporate regarding this, but not only was getting the proper information next to impossible (most was out of date, and didn't connect to home electronics), when I did get the proper number, getting through to a person WAS impossible.
It does play anyting plugged into it directly from the back, but all the extras that were supposed to work, don't... no internet radio, no multi-channel audio from my giant 3D TV, no remote controlling from any device (one of the "pomoted" benefits of this was that you could control it from an iPod or iPhone anywhere in the house), and you had to turn the unit on for any use, because the passthrough functions on HDMI didn[t work.
So, I paid over seven hundred for a unit that was nothing more than a basic amp worth less than half that.
I think the next time I do this, it will be with an actual desktop computer and a few audio cards... it will actually be cheaper, and provided the cards have an SDK, it'll be better than this Pioneer unit, which actually is far from being user-friendly, even at the start. As an example, using the remote control for anything but the very basic things, is like having to punch in a password... you have to hit everything in the proper order, and if you miss anything, you have to start all over. You also cannot use a universal remote to control this system, at least nothing on the market at the time I purchased this.
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