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Pioneer VSX-1023-K 7.1-Channel 4K Ready AV Receiver
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Half Baked 07/10/2014

This review is from: Pioneer VSX-1023-K 7.1-Channel 4K Ready AV Receiver

Pros: A lot of features and a lower price. It has not failed on my like other posters have experienced and I've had it for about 7 months now. It does sound OK. There is something to be desired from the sound but I think it could be fixed with manual adjustments.

Cons: Too many things do not work as advertised.

1. On screen menu only works with HDMI and can be hard to get it to even output HDMI. Gives some off the wall message "Can't Select"

2. The app is not robust. You cannot control zone 2 with the remote app for the phone. The one thing you need to control over the network you can't control. Go figure. The app does not connect reliably requiring the app to be force quit and restarted to realized that the WiFi is not connected. It also does not allow changing speakers in play or many other features

3. When playing for longer durations will shut off randomly after like an hour. May have been a problem with just my unit or some quirk with the sleep function. Does not happen often but really annoying in a movie.

4. You cannot output digital sources to zone 2. No Pandora, net radio etc. The only way to do this is to play the same source on both zones but in order to do that you have to physically rewire the speakers to separate connectors!

5. No 5.1 channel inputs. I know these are on the way out however Sony in their latest ploy to frustrate customers only allow SACD output over analog as if there were enough people interested in SACD to want to pirate it. Now those foolish enough to have patronized the technology are rewarded with frustration for the sake of greed.

6. The firmware download is only available in USB format which is the pain. The web access is much easier however the file download is in the wrong format on the website so the web interface will not accept it forcing you to use the USB which requires HDMI output. The web portal seems an afterthought as well. So much functionality could be included here that it really is a shame.

Losing count of the numbers here but the front panel is really hard to see in low light. Horrible layout of the buttons. You need bright lights to see the tiny print and the buttons are all in a row so you often press the wrong button. Remote is also not layed out well for finding the right button in the dark.

The manual is also badly written and has wrong information in several sections. Mine actually said it will not output the menus via HDMI when the reverse is true. This was updated later in the web version.

Overall there were too many things which did not work like all the advertising claimed. It's worth the extra money to get a receiver that lives up to the claims of the advertising or at least does not claim what it does not deliver well. I plan to steer clear in the future.

Other Thoughts: Under $300 I say it might be worth it if your expectations are not too high. $530? Forget about it. Spend your hard earned dollars elsewhere.

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Pioneer VSX-1023-K 7.1-Channel 4K Ready AV Receiver
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Not as impressive once you get it home. 09/26/2013

This review is from: Pioneer VSX-1023-K 7.1-Channel 4K Ready AV Receiver

Pros: Has a lot of features you can't find at this price point:
Sound great (infinity Entra II surround).
Pandora
Cell phone remote app
Network streaming from Windows 8 works great
Firmware update was painless

Cons: NO 5.1 Analog inputs - only 1 Optical.
On Screen Display only outputs to HDMI - Component and RCA will not let you see the config menus etc.
Zone 2 will only output analog sources (no Pandora, Internet radio, HDMI input audio. You have to wire RCA just for zone 2 to play anything. If you want to switch between outputting same content as the main room (called Speaker B) and Zone 2 (separate source) you need to rewire the speakers to the unit. They have separate terminals rather than allowing you to control the function digitally.
OSD is really lame looking and there are very few options compared to previous units I've owned at this price point.
Front panel buttons are impossible to recognize in the dark and labels are tiny. You need a flashlight to find the right button.
Remote buttons are tiny and somewhat confusing. Forget trying to use it in the dark.
NO PC CONTROL AP. The unit does not have a webserver for controlling it from you PC or it does not work in Windows. The manual mentions being able to log into the Receiver from Safari but I was not able to get it to work.
The Manual stinks. Real confusing and the links are such on the CD that you get routed between the local version and the online version easily confusing matters more.
The Phone control app for Iphone 4 cannot control zone 2 (WTH right?) forcing you to go to the receiver to change content, volume etc. further discounting any remaining value in the zone 2 feature.

Other Thoughts: They rushed this thing to market and cut a lot of corners.

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Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The drive had a good speed advantage. It increased speed in terms of application load times on the order of 15% (Photoshop, Office, etc.)

Cons: Could have hoped for greater speed increase for application load times. Based on other reviews I was expecting 30%+.

Hard drive failed after 10 mo's. Came in and computer was hung up, reboot and drive not found.

Other Thoughts: Tech support for WD was great, said to try another power cord and the RMA took about 15mins to get. They send a drive out right away if you give a credit card but it takes 3-7 days to leave the warehouse so you are stuck driveless for some time. Luckily I was aware of the risk associated with high speed mechanics like this and had good backups. DON'T KEEP IMPORTANT DATA ON ONE OF THESE DRIVES WITHOUT GOOD BACKUPS/MIRRORS. Good Luck

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