Summary: The Pioneer VSX-1018AH's solid sound and generous feature package make it great value in the midrange AV receiver class.
Pros: Onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, Sirius and XM-ready, Upconverts analog signals to 1080p over HDMI output with decent quality, Automatic speaker calibration; control iPod onscreen using USB port
Cons: Competition offers more HDMI inputs for less money, Cluttered remote, Old-fashioned text-only onscreen user interface
Excerpt: Pioneer 's VSX-1018AH is a unique piece of kit. Firstly it's THX Select2 Plus-certified. It also has an onboard WMA9 (Windows Media Audio) Pro decoder, allowing you to decode coaxial or optical digital audio sent from a PC.
Pros: Forthcoming sound, dynamically strong, iPod connectivity and full control
Cons: Not as refined or natural-sounding as class-leaders, no upscaling, only two HDMI inputs