Summary: The upgrade bug bit me and I was looking for an entry level receiver that does the lossless codecs (Dolby TruHD and DTS HD-Master) without breaking the bank . The Pioneer VSX-819H-K fit that bill perfectly. J&R had the 819 at the best price[...] I am relatively tech savvy, so the set up wasn't bad. This receiver has binding posts for the main 5 channels (spring clips for the b speakers).
Summary: This receiver replaced my 21 year old JVC Pro-logic receiver. Spent a lot of time reading the user manual because of the many choices in setting up this receiver. The results are worth all the effort. I started with the auto speaker setup then re-adjusted the settings manually. The included setup microphone is a big plus. Before you had to get a sound level meter if you wanted an accurate surround.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Great Sound Quality, HDMI connections, Runs Cool
Summary: I really like this unit. Once I figured most of the sound settings out I now have my favorites. I like loud music and quality sound from movies etc. One thing I learned that I did not know is that if you have a Turntable you have to purchase a seperate phono pre-amp. I just thought I could use one of the aux inputs or whatever but no.
Pros: Clean Sound, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality