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: When I decided to update/upgrade my receiver there were several things that drew me to this model: -Multiple HDMI inputs -Dolby True-HD and DTS-HD -USB input for iPod integration -5.1 analog input for external surround device The last one is important to me, as I needed a receiver that I could hook up my old SACD player up to (I had been going without it hooked up for a while, since I was using the 5.1 inputs for the Blu-Ray player).
Pros: Clean Sound, Great Sound Quality, IPod Integration
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. My usage of it has been pretty basic so far, but in time I'll get to install the whole surround sound/theater set up and get to enjoy it more.
Summary: Easy to set up. The on-screen menus can only be seen via composite cables, so that's not great but it's workable. I love that it comes with an iPhone cable and it worked flawlessly with my iPhone 3GS. The sound and power are great. I'm only using it as a stereo receiver but it looks very easy to set up for 5.1. The remote isn't particularly intuitive but that's one small complaint in an otherwise solid choice.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Clean Sound, Durable, Easy Setup, Good Power Output
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. One quick push of a button and you can switch between any device you have, along with the change comes the picture and sound accordingly. A nice addition is the iPod cord.