Summary: Bought my Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K in November 2009. As other reviewers have noted, it's packed with features not always found for the original $500 price tag. Audio and video performance have been excellent (CD, DVD, Bluray, iPod). Yes, setup was complicated and the manual should be more user-friendly.
Summary: I was so excited when I bought this unit. It was among a limited number of receivers with multi-zone control in the $500 price range. The unit is now 19 months old and my main reason for purchase (multi-zone) control is out.
Good Sound but problems with remote control and poor customer service
Joze Candidos L. Neto "Joze Candido", Amazon
31 March 2011
Summary: I bought this on september 2009 and here are the pros and cons: Pros: Sound quality Ease of use Design Features Cons: Problemas with the remote controle after one year (few buttons are not working) Very poor customer service Loses the surround sound some times Too hot after hours of use
Summary: Bought at $350, I am a review-aholic and it seemed a pretty good deal based on the plethora of raves out there. There are plenty of long technical reviews here, so you don't need another. What I can say is that the sound is pretty good. 4 star worthy.
Summary: My experience with Pioneer was horrible. I purchased a vsx1019 and within a couple of months, I couldn't get any video. I was instructed to take it to a service center which was 30 miles one way. I did this and after about a week I picked it up.
Multi-zone feature is useless, no digital audio out
Jamshid Afshar, Amazon
7 September 2010
Summary: This receiver's interface and remote were designed by usability sadists, the worst I've ever used. Long list of complaints, my biggest disappointment is that the a/v Zone 2 feature is mostly useless.
Summary: Well laid out design. Connections are well spaced and labeled (no phono connection so you will need a PRE AMP to connect a turntable!). The iPod connection is included which is VERY cool! I chose to use a "banana plug" to connect my speakers...well worth the effort and a very clean connection!!
Summary: The Pioneer VSX-1019AH receiver is full of features and came highly recommended on CNET. I've had it for about two weeks now and finally have it working to my desire. I am still learning this unit and it takes some time to set it up and get used to.