Summary: Then the nasty intermittent loss-of-sound problem hit me. I was thinking it was due to loose connection, overheating/overloading, until I checked again here on Amazon. I am NOT alone... When I bought this piece of junk, the overall review was good. I bet next time I will only buy a "mature" model -- i.e. existing on the market over 2 years, so old customers can tell if the product can last. That is my $200 lesson.
Summary: Thank goodness I found these reviews! I was going insane trying to fix my setup. Checked all my connections, all my other devices, etc... It just turns out that the receiver is junk. Hate to toss it, but guess I will. Lasted about 3 years, which is pretty bad if you ask me. Seeing as I never used it in anything other than a 2 speaker configuration, I am probably going to buy the onkyo tx-8255 for $170.
After 2 Years - the Sound is cutting out intermittantly like everyone elses reviews.
GSP Fan, Amazon
19 October 2009
Summary: This was trouble free for 2 years, now the Sound is cutting out of the Center Channel like so many have reported. Double checked all the wiring - subbed in a different center channel, it cuts out intermittantly still. Many have noted that they had to crank the volume or turn it off/on to fix. I have found that if you simply turn off the "MCACC Auto Sound" and switch it back on, the sound will come back. But then the Sound will cut out again later.
Summary: This was a great, affordable and versatile receiver. I bought this to replace a GREAT Sony receiver I had owned for 8 years before the center channel started going out intermittently. Much to my dismay, after only 15 months owning this Pioneer, the front left channel on it starts going out intermittently. I checked and cleaned all hookups and it's something internal. When the channel cuts out you can tap the receiver with your finger and it comes back on for a period.
Summary: After almost 2 years, I've developed a big problem with the center channel cutting out intermittently. Sometimes I can crank the volume up to a LOUD level (briefly and then turn back down) and the problem is fixed. If not, turning the receiver power on and off usually fixes it. Sometimes I have to unplug the RCA cables from the back of the receiver or jiggle them and that fixes it - sometimes. it's hard to connect the speakers on the back due to the configuration.
Summary: I have to say this for all who are insterted in this unit. When I first got it it worked good. It was a little hard to first set up. This was my second A/V receiver, the first was an RCA (and that one still works after 7 years). After about a year and a half the left channel went out. This is the last time I will buy any Pioneer product. This is the third Pioneer purchase I have made and their were all new! They all have FAILED within 2-3 years.