Summary: Sounds good, when it works. BD/DVD output lost audio after 11 1/2 months. Required motherboard replacement. Now about 18 months later, aux. output has done the same. As this is the only section that allows an optical input, and that is the only way by LG TV will output audio, I guess it's time for a new receiver. After two Pioneers, I guess it's time to look for another brand. I expect a receiver to last more than 2-2 1/2 years.
Summary: I've had this receiver for two years now and I can't wait to replace it. The Operating Instructions are worthless and the phone in help is condescending and obfuscatory. Just try hooking up a DVD player, TV, apple TV, VHS, or other device to the receiver. You try to follow the instructions. You find them incomplete. I'm still trying to get my DVD player to give me audio. No luck.
Second one that stopped working in less than 2 years
C. Hawkins, Amazon
12 August 2011
Summary: I purchased in 2009, the 1st unit I received stopped working in less than a month of purchasing. I contacted Amazon and they sent me a replacement quickly. Yesterday while watching TV the unit just powered down and would not come back on. The returned unit did the exact same thing. My thoughts are that this model is defective and I can not recommend this unit for use.
Summary: I bought the receiver (VSX-819H) in 2009. It was used occasionally on weekends. It was hooked up to a surge protector. After a year (2010), it quit working, no power. Returned it to Pioneer while it was still under warranty. They fixed the problem. A year later, 2011, same problem occurred, no power. It's not under warranty anymore, so probably not worth trying to fix, if the same problem is going to occur annually.
Summary: I don't know why, but I purchased the Pioneer VSX-819H instead of sticking with a Sony AV, the last which provided two decades of service with no problems. Less than a year after purchasing the Pioneer AV, it turned on/then off. On, then off. Still under warranty, I took it to the nearest (hour away) authorized repair shop. Whatever was wrong baffled the tech guy, the Pioneer people and to make a long story short, they replaced the motherboard.
Summary: I purchased this receiver a while back and it works great. I am only using it right now as a stereo receiver but someday hope to expand to 5.1 surround. My stereo speakers are 140watt max and it drives them much louder than what I would normally want to listen to music at, loud enough to distort. There are two sets of speaker outputs, one for stereo and the other for surround sound. By default it is set up for surround sound.
Summary: TheGood:I owned this unit for 14 months and it fulfilled my needs,i.e. good for the price range. Thus the two stars. The Bad: When powering off the unit with the remote I heard a loud pop. Yep, dead. I checked speaker wires etc and came up with nothing-still dead. This is the last Pioneer product for me.