Summary: I've lived with this thing for a year. Overall, I'm very pleased with it. I have a fairly typical 100% HDMI 5:1 setup. Panasonic Blu Ray and Motorola digital set-top box as inputs. I stream a lot of Netflix through the internet connection on the Blu Ray player.
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 ...
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.
Summary: I did my research and looked for what I wanted: a 5.1 surround system, able to handle Blu-ray audio formats, a second zone, and I-pod usability. Although now that I have the receiver, I can think of a couple more, this receiver is everything I was wanting and it does it very well.
Summary: I finally got to replace my old TEAC tuner/amp for Christmas, and the Pioneer VSX-819 was the model that had most of the features I wanted (such as Sirius Satellite capability), at a price I could afford.
Tons of option, lots of power for the price, somewhat tricky directions
G. Lawrence, Amazon
20 January 2010
Summary: I'm using this receiver as my main stereo connected to a blueray/vcr and an older 27" TV. I do not currently have surround sound or a subwoofer so I have it setup in stereo mode. The receiver works great. There are loads of options and I had no trouble connecting all my equipment and speakers.
Summary: I am extremely happy with this receiver. I had an older (3 yrs) Yamaha and this blows it away! Set up was simple and took me all of 20 minutes. The 3 HDMI in's made setting up my BluRay, XBox and Cable a breeze. One HDMI to my TV kept things neat. Picture and sound is perfect.
Summary: A little challenging to set up. Must have component outpt to TV (HDMI won't work) to see the On Screen Display (ODL) menu. If you have input to the reciever that is component or composit, the output to the TV must be the same, this reciever will not transfer the signal to the HDMI port and send it...