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 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: As much as I love this the menus can be difficult at times to deal with .. plus there is no real time adjustment for each channel so you have to do it while there is a test tone that never represents the actual movie sound ... the auto surround is kinda bad as well it doesn't seem to understand more than speaker distance and also you better hold your breath while it calibrates it picks up EVERYTHING and fails which means lotsa restarts ...
Summary: After wading through the myriad choices of 5.1 stereo receivers in the marketplace, I settled on the Pioneer VSX-819H. While this is definitely a good value, there are a couple of aspects on which Pioneer could improve. There are some configuration elements in the user manual that leave the user unsure if he should choose A or B or A + B. There are also 3 separate buttons on the remote for choosing sound/speaker options.
Summary: Are you kidding me! 3 HDMI inputs to 1 HDMI output, shipped free. It took me about 30 minutes to set up and calibrate with the included microphone. The remote could be more user friendly. But really, how often do you need to use your receiver remote? Nice variety of output speaker options. I'm using a 3.1 set up with speaker A. And 2 tower setup in a different room for speaker B. Couldn't be simpler and was in my price range.