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.
Suspect mainboard controller, flaky HDMI, only 1 D/A conversion at any time
the dude who reviewed, Amazon
27 July 2010
Summary: I have to give this unit a low 2 stars. My warranty is about to run out and I've already been to my local authorized repair shop twice for what can be described as a glitchy mainboard controller. It freezes (won't turn on) and the only way to get the unit to power back on is to do a factory reset.
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.
HDMI pass through is picky about what it will let through
John T. Leibensperger "L.B.", Amazon
4 April 2010
Summary: I bought this because I love Pioneer equipment and the sound quality is what I expected from from Pioneer. The video has been nothing but problems and is the reason I am returning it. I had 2 HDMI inputs plugged into it from a PS3 and DirecTV HD receiver, as well as a JVC LCD 1080i TV. The video from the inputs would not continuously feed to the TV. The signal would interrupt for no apparent reason.
Summary: The first Pioneer VSX-819H-K receiver I bought was defective; the ir sensor on the receiver was not detecting the signal from the remote. So I returned the unit. A week later another one arrived. This time the remote worked...well not really. It did work, however any button on it (treble, volume, etc.) would TURN ON MY TV (new 42" Phillips LCD/HD).
Summary: First, do not, I repeat, DO NOT buy this receiver if you have large front speakers and/or no subwoofer. The receiver's auto-speaker calibration forces you to dedicate all of your bass to a subwoofer; what this means is that, A) If you have no subwoofer, you will receive absolutely no bass frequencies from your speakers or, worse, B) If you have large speakers like my 8" woofer Athena towers that dip down to 30hz, you will lose their low frequences from 30hz up to 50hz,...