Summary: Not sure what everyone else is complaining about, maybe competitors? I bought this 5 months ago and it works like a champ.....even better than I thought a lower end PIONEER ELITE receiver would. I give it five stars........solved all my needs, drives Definitive Technology speakers with little effort and great sound combination.....great for home theater too. ENJOY IT..
Works great for me, great price, more than i expected
1 August 2013
Summary: Not sure what the complaints are, listening to it right now with a Dave Matthews Concert with Pioneer Elite Blue Ray player and I could not be happier. Seems more powerful that its ratings, plenty of hdmi ports, pretty display, elite receivers always seem to be very very nice, this is my third and my opinion has not changed at all. I have had this one for about 3 months...
Summary: We bought this receiver to have as a backup when we had to send our Onkyo out for repairs. I'll start out with the pros: the sound works fine. The cons: * WiFi adapter is > $100. Onkyo's is magnitudes cheaper, and of course not compatible. * No on-screen volume display. Onkyo has been including this on pretty much every one of their HDMI receivers, so it was a pretty big shock to see it missing. * Menu on-screen display looks like a VCR from the 90's. It's pathetic.
Summary: So I upgraded my old receiver for this one and so far I really like it. Knowing I have the option to go up to a 7.1 surround sound is great as Im only running 5.1 right now but its more then enough for our upstairs living space. Tested the receiver once I got my two 6in in wall polk speakers and my polk center channel and 10in pioneer sub with 2 6in polk in wall speakers that are just mounted in the ceiling right above our sitting area.
Summary: Purchased this receiver to replace an Onkyo receiver with a bad HDMI board which caused the video and audio signals to falter after three years of service. The same problem developed with this Pioneer elite VSX-42 after one week. Pioneer tech support had me run tests which confirmed it was the HDMI board which means it cannot be connected using HDMI cables. I was advised to return it without much sympathy from Pioneer tech support.
Summary: After approximately 6 weeks, thing stopped working. Contacted Amazon, said they won't take it back or even fix it and to call Manufacturer. Contacted Manufacturer and was told, since this was an online purchase, they won't honor the 2 year manufacturer's warranty. Talk about a kick in the Who-Ha! NEVER PURCHASE ANYTHING FROM THESE SCAM ARTISTS!!!
Complicated receiver but great value for money for what I paid.
Robin M "robin_M", Amazon
3 February 2013
Summary: Had this for about 3 months. I generally like pioneer for their products so puchased this on sale for about two hundred and fifty bucks. I will skip over all the myriad of details and say that they have put a lot of features in, however GUI is poor (looks like something from 10 years ago). Initally does take a while to work out all the setting and the insanly complicated remote control - should be a lot easier.
Summary: Never thought I would be writing a bad review on a Pioneer product, but here I am. After purchasing a VSX-51 last year, I thought I would stick with the brand and purchased a -42 for another part of our house. For this application, I did not need the Zone 2 capability or the extra power, so the smaller unit seemed like the right decision. After bringing it home, I wired it up, ran the auto-EQ, and my story should have ended happily right there. Unfortunately, no.