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Pioneer VSX-1020-K 7.1-Channel 3-D Ready A/V Receiver

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  • 7.1-Channel 110 W x 7
  • HDMI 6 In / 1 Out
  • Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Dolby Digital EX DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6, DTS Express
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio Ready
  • FM/AM Tuner

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The VSX-1012-K from Pioneer is more than an A/V receiver. It’s the command hub of your entertainment center. It provides maximum audio/video connectivity together with Ethernet port and a front USB input for the ultimate high-definition entertainment. Six 1080p-capable HDMI v1.4 inputs (one in the front) not only help you get the most out of your existing movies and music, but prepare you with the next-generation 3D experience.

An included USB/composite video cable makes connecting your iPhone to share your favorite media easy and meanwhile charges your iPhone automatically when connected. Pioneer's free iControl AVR (downloaded separately via Apple's App Store) turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a powerful control center. Use the optional Pioneer AS-BT100 Bluetooth adapter to enjoy music wirelessly from Bluetooth enabled terminals such as laptops or mobile phones.

With the support for Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic IIz and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders, hear sounds more like what the artist created. Pioneer’s technologies like Acoustic Calibration, Advanced Sound Retriever, and Auto Level Control give you an even more immersive experience. The Pioneer VSX-1020-K delivers an advanced level of control and sophistication for ultimate home theater performance in an elegant package.

  • newegg 3D Ready HD Receiver (HDMI v1.4) Featuring six 1080p capable HDMI v1.4 inputs, the Pioneer VSX-1020-K supports extra 3D features added in HDMI v1.4 standard.
  • newegg 7.1 Channels Enhanced by Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic IIz and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders, the Pioneer VSX-1020-K brings theater sound right into your home with up to 7.1 channels of surround sound.
  • newegg Auto MCACC Setup The Pioneer VSX-1020-K features exclusive Auto Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) that automatically compensates for the features of your room to ensure accurate performance for your film sound tracks, video games, sports and music.
  • newegg Sirius Satellite Radio Ready The Pioneer VSX-1020-K is Sirius Satellite Radio ready so you can enjoy all channels of programming on Sirius including music, sports, news, and various entertainment programming.
  • newegg High Definition Up-Conversion with HDMI With the Anchor Bay and PureCinema video processing, the Pioneer VSX-1020-K up-converts analog video content up to 1080p resolution for high-quality high definition images, when connected to an HDMI-compatible TV via an HDMI cable. PureCinema's extra processing of 3D noise reduction and Y/C color separation ensures the best picture possible.
  • newegg Advanced Sound Retriever Technology Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever technology revitalizes the density and presence of the compressed signal by restoring the lost harmonics and adjusting the frequency response and sound pressure, resulting in an improved sound quality with its staging, density and feeling restored to the level of the original recording.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Michael R.
  • 2/18/2011 12:32:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOverall not too bad

Pros: I'm not a pro by any means when it comes to AV Receivers so I was glad to see how easy it is for the receiver to automatically configure all the surround sound speakers. There are also plenty of inputs for everything I need

Cons: chowchewey reported in the review below this one that he experienced the screen blacking out for a second or two every hour for no reason. I've experienced the same. I'm contacting Pioneer support about this to see if they can provide a fix. But this is just a very minor annoyance really.

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  • Arthur C.
  • 12/30/2010 7:16:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDefective 1020

Pros: Nice feature set, really nice video and sound processing.

Cons: Really poor quality. I am about to go on to my 3rd receiver as the previous 2 were defective for different reasons. I would not purchase again. If you are considering this unit - DON'T!! (unless you like to gamble!)

Other Thoughts: Issues have been:
1) Video blacks out for a few seconds every hour or so for no reason. Hooked up to a Samsung LED.
2) The unit stopped operating with the remote (yes, even with fresh batteries) and now I cannot switch the unit to HDMI input even manually.

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  • Linda T.
  • 11/15/2010 11:40:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Receiver

Pros: This is an excellent receiver for a basic HD setup. I only have one room requiring surround sound, so another zone is not needed. I already had my house wired for ethernet, so a wireless option is not needed. The auto speaker calibration worked great. TV, movies, games, and music all sound great. The iPhone control app is pretty cool, too. It's also nice to know this receiver will support 3D when I upgrade my TV.

Cons: The remote is a bit awkward, but I think that goes for most remotes that come with TVs and receivers. I think the manufacturers figure the customer will have a universal remote anyway (Logitech Harmony is great!).

Other Thoughts: All in all, a fantastic receiver for the price and for what I need it to do.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/27/2010 9:31:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsPITA to setup and weak output

Pros: Good spec sheet and feature set,

Cons: 1. The remote is a horrific mess of little buttons that have multiple labels, knowing what each button will do and when it will do it is nearly impossible without keeping the manual on hand.

2. The super wizz bang auto sound leveling fails time and time again, erroring out stating bad wiring, missing speakers, etc when I've verified multiple times everything is correctly hooked up.

3. Once you finally get audio working the output level is painfully weak, I have to crank it up past 1/2 volume to get any sound output and past 3/4 to even approach music listening levels. My old amp is 150 watts total output and blows this thing out of the water for volume and sound fill.

4. Setting up the sound output for a simple 2-speaker stereo configuration is painful to say the least since all of the factory configurations expect you to have multiple speakers - the manual says you can do it, but no instructions are actually provided for only hooking up two speakers.

Other Thoughts: I've been a fan of Pioneer products for a long time, and am currently running a 15+ year old receiver in home and 10+ year old deck in the car - both are simple, powerful, and easy to use. Every Pioneer product I've tried to use that's been manufactured within the last 5 years or so has been completely unintuitive and more of a chore to operate than anything.

My main reason for upgrading was so I could reduce the mess of wires leading into my TV, and so I could run sound signal directly to the receiver rather than component -> TV -> receiver (basically using my TV for audio switching since my older amp has no optical or HDMI inputs).

I'm going to play with it for a couple more days (which I think is ridiculous that it takes days to setup HDMI video switching and 2-channel stereo output) but I'll probably return it and go back to my old ways.

If I figure it out and am all of a sudden OMFGBBQ excited with it I'll update my review... we'll see.

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  • Chuck W.
  • 10/16/2010 5:30:50 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Product with a few warts..

Pros: This unit has all the features you could want - HDMI i/o, upscaling, self calibration of sound system, etc.

Cons: While this is a great product for the price there are a few things missing that made me wonder.

First, it has an "ethernet" connection which is great. But etherhet? It has a plug-in for Bluetooth but nothing for wireless? I bet there are more wireless networks out in the world than wired. So I wondered why there was no back panel USB connection for a wireless USB?

Second, it has a built in web server to feed up configuring the Internet radio. But why can't I control - setup my system - from the web? It seems a silly distinction and one I don't get.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this product to anyone, even with the few "cons". The quality is top notch. The electronics are great and my HDMI signal never looked better!

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/28/2010 9:59:05 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat sound and great price!

Pros: Lots of features and plenty of power. The iphone adapter is very nice, play Pandora and control the volume off your iphone. Lots of HDMI hookups and RCA jacks.

Cons: The romote is a joke as many others have pointed out, but it works fine, just takes lots of patience to understand and good eyes are needed to see the tiny buttons. The user manual is extensive and was a little difficult to understand, at least for me.

Other Thoughts: I am using the $400 Polk audio surround speaker system I also purchased at Newegg and I am really amazed at how great this package sounds for the small investment of $800.00!!! I am a Bose 901 speaker lover for music but system this plays back music as well very very good for the money!

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  • Jeffrey B.
  • 9/26/2010 12:12:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Value for the price

Pros: 6 HDMI's, can handle 9.1 with no B speakers, 7.1 with no second zone but with B speakers, or 5.1 with second zone and B speakers. iPhone wi-fi control is very slick.

Cons: Connecting the cable box via HDMI does not allow you to use the TV button which will prevent you from consolidating the cable box remote to the pioneer remote. iPhone app is great, but just a few more things would make it awesome. You change inputs, control volume, but you can say change a radio station, or internet radio station.

The remote really is probably the worst one I've ever had. I need a flashlight to read the multiple colors (BLUE!!) text to read or turn on brighter lights. Multifunction buttons give no feedback that alternate function is enabled. Button are glow in the dark, not lit. The negatives on the remote are long.

Other Thoughts: Pioneer is so close to having it right. I'd say invest in improving the iPhone app, and do away with the remote. Clearly, the remote receives no industrial engineering time. The iPhone app very convenient. I can sit on our deck outside, and control of the volume of the music. Awesome (minus the cons).

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  • Gordon M.
  • 9/18/2010 1:19:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFirst Glance

Pros: Auto calibration really helped balance my speaker setup, even indicating reversed polarity on one of my surround speakers. The solid bass is still there when it needs to be, but ordinary things like doors closing don't rattle the windows anymore. There's so many sound field options to choose from, I haven't explored them all yet. Ninety watts is twenty less than my decade old VSX-D509S, but I haven't noticed an lack in volume because of it.

The bluetooth adapter lets me enjoy Pandora from my android phone and the sound quality is much better than using a simple headphone adapter cable.

The on-screen display isn't what I was expecting, but it does make things like naming and re-assigning inputs easier than having to work with the small built-in display (see cons!)

This is my third pioneer AV receiver, and I'm overall happy with it so far. I haven't had a lot of time with it, so I might need to update this review down the road!

Cons: 1. Is it snowing in my TV?
The scaling engine suffers from some sort of interference, and on numerous occasions, I've experienced significant snow on the display even when viewing 100% digital sources. The interference is worst when a USB keyboard is plugged in. I've tried calling Pioneer about this, but could not reach a live agent, their customer support 800# hold times are excessive.

2. Tiny built-in display
The built in display is blue not orange like all the other pioneer gear I own. Plus it's littered with tiny tiny icons and indicators you can't read without getting right up close. Even the main dot-matrix display yields a hard to read display from more than 6-8 feet away. Compared to my older D503S and D509S, the display sucks.

3. The remote is tiny and filled with buttons, mostly all the same size. Many of the buttons have multiple labels, printed in different colors. There's no indicator light for when you're pressing a button.

Other Thoughts: CONS continued (yikes!)

4. The on screen display isn't interactive with your source signal (probably some licensing issue?). The only time you really see it is during setup, and listening to net radio. An overlay stating the source name, and other source specific settings would be nice.

5. The Bluetooth module doesn't poll for paired devices, unlike every other bluetooth device I've ever used. You need to manually reconnect to it each time you want to listen to music.

6. The power cord is non-removable and not grounded. The European version has an iec receptacle built in, why not use the same chassis for the US version?

7. On the front of the receiver, there's a large space seemingly dedicated to an advertising sticker, how classy!

This receiver does more than any pioneer I've owned to date, but leaves off a lot of things I liked about those old receivers. Many of the new features are more like gimmicks and not very well implemented.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/4/2010 7:55:18 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs0/2

Pros: Great newegg customer service.

Cons: I am on my second one, the first receiver was DOA; never even powered up for me. Pioneer verified I had a bad receiver and I RMA it back. Newegg eats the shipping for me which was great. It was going to be 10% of what I paid for it. I watched it all the way back to the West coast from my East coast address and they sent another to me a day after it was received. I had my replacement two (business)days later. I plugged in my new receiver and thankfully it powered up. I spent all night trying to get it to work through the HDMI ports, but I never got a clear signal. Even blew $20 on high priced HDMI cables at Walmart just to verify my new cable wasn't the problem. I called Pioneer and they again told me there was a problem with my HDMI. This time I took it to a local Pioneer service center and after 4 days they informed me they were replacing the mainboard. A brand new receiver and I have to have parts replaced on it before I can use it.

Other Thoughts: I spent a lot of time researching this receiver, it has everything I want. I saw no indication there were problems with this receiver or Pioneer in general. One customer getting 2 faulty receivers is unbelievable and just wrong. I was hoping to have this receiver for the next 4-5 years, but now I am not sure I'll even make it through the warranty period.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/29/2010 3:56:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMy bad egg. Randomly restarts/shutsdown and audio/video synch problems.

Pros: Nice set of features. I love the Internet Radio, iPhone integration and front HDMI.

Cons: I've owned this for about 2 months but only been using it for the last month. For the first week or so everything was great then the unit started randomly restarting. Now at some point after turning the unit on (usually with in 30 minutes) the receiver just shuts down and takes a minute or so before I can turn it back on.
Also I have noticed the audio and video out of synch at times - sometimes so obvious I feel like I am watching an old kung fu movie as the voice and mouth movements are so far off.

Other Thoughts: This really seems to be a great set of features for an A/V receiver and the sound really is great. However I can't say that I would recommend it for the problems I have incurred and I significantly regret not unboxing this unit until after Newegg's return policy had expired. Other's seem to have a great experience with this unit and hopefully mine is uncommon.

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