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. I listen to music from an iPod or Pandora through the Blu Ray player. I drive four vintage Polk Audio Monitor 10 floor speakers, a newer Polk center, and a Polk sub for audio. Video is a 50" Panny G20 plasma.
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: 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. I love all the extra features, some of which I don't need, some of them I don't want to use. The Phase adjustment that enhances the highs and lows together, I thought, was not helpful at all.
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.
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. Even though I don't have surround sound I do have a nice set of speakers, KEF iQ series. It took a while to get through all the settings to get the receiver out of surround mode.
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.
Summary: I received my VSX-819 several days ago. It was up and running in three hours. And that included reading the manual. This receiver is great. I had no problems in setting up the speakers, the TV (which is a Samsung DLP!) and a Samsung Blu Ray BDP 3600. Everything went smoothly by the book. There was only one minor problem and that involved setting up the OSD.