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.
After some help from The Geek Squad (re; Best Buys)
D. Mahdik "Denny Magic Studios", Amazon
11 December 2012
Summary: This is not the amp. that you hooked up in college. This baby is way more complicated, and after trying unsuccessfully to hok thinks up and get this amp working... I admit that I had to caqll THe Geek Squad for help. It took two of them about an hour aqnd aq half to get us up and running. NOW, that it is working... and after buying a new Logitech® Universal remote directly from the Best Buys installer... We are happy campers !
Summary: system is amazing!!! got mainly for all te hdmi inputs because my tv only has 1, and I needed something to support the plethora of hdmi systems that go to my tv. this reciever does that with room to spare and it has great video pass through no issues and sounds great through the blu ray player as well, though that might have more to do with the speakers than the , deff would recommend
Complicated receiver but great value for money for what I paid.
Robin M "robin_M", Amazon
2 August 2012
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.
Works great for me, great price, more than i expected
2 August 2012
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: 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.