Summary: We bought our unit 2009. We love the fact everything goes through this one device. So you set up the HDMI to the TV and connect everythig else to this Theater System. The only thing I have to do I turn on the other equipment, with their controller, and I'm up and running. You still end up with a stack of remotes as no one has really come up with a universal controller. I wired mine to an ENERGY surround sound speaker system which compared to Bose at a third the price.
Summary: It's an ok unit, has flaws though. The USB port came loose and doesn't work correctly anymore. Half the time you turn the unit on the left speakers have sound coming from it then you have to flip through the speaker channels to get the right side working.
Summary: This was great for two years. As others have reviewed this product just powered off and stopped working. Pioneer knows they have a defective product and essentially won't do anything for those of us who mistakenly bought it. I have had sony products for years and know how to care for my electronics. Pioneer blew it with this one. I won't buy another pioneer product.
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.