Excerpt: The Pioneer VSX-1021-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver ($550) has iPhone and iPad integration oozing out of its amplified pores. First and foremost, it’s the first midrange receiver out of the gate to ship AirPlay ready — which allows iOS and Mac users to stream music wirelessly to their main home theater system, as well as audio content from AirPlay compatible apps like Pandora and Youtube.
Conclusion: Pioneer’s VSX-1021-K shows that Pioneer is on top of its game by incorporating unique and innovative features, a user-friendly interface and excellent sound quality in a mid-level receiver that stands as a paradigm for the notion of value. We think the optional wireless LAN adapter is overpriced though and takes away some of this product’s appeal as a budget-friendly network receiver for those that need wireless, but when its iOS feature set is compared to its...
Pros: Very good sound quality, Bluetooth Capable, iOS device cable included, Handy auto-calibration features
Cons: Expensive wireless adapter, Limited internet music access, One-year warranty
Summary: The Pioneer VSX-1021 has a lot to offer at its price. Plenty of inputs, including an iPod with video input on the front panel, Pioneer's room correction system (MCACC), and a sweet custom iOS app to control everything. Using iControlAV2 was a lot of fun and something I could see myself doing on a daily basis.
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Excerpt: The receiver that’s ready for tomorrow is here today. Introducing the Pioneer 7.1-Channel VSX-1021-K AV Receiver The new Pioneer VSX-1021-K receiver is the answer to a home theater enthusiast’s prayers. Delivering remarkable performance in an elegant package, it’s a receiver designed with adv...