Excerpt: This entry-level A/V receiver is a small investment that gets you into the new 3D landscape. It's powerful enough for a small to moderate-sized room, it provides essential surround codecs for the latest movie soundtracks, and it offers quick setup with Pioneer's exclusive auto-calibration system. While it does offer an onscreen display, giving it some points beyond even lower-priced AVRs, it doesn't output the OSD via HDMI.
Conclusion: It may not be the cream of the crop, but Pioneer's VSX-821 is a solid, entry-level 5.1-channel surround receiver with excellent audio and video performance, within its limitations. If you're looking for bells and whistles like networking and analog video upconversion, you'll have to look elsewhere -- and pay more as well.
Pros: Nice price, Solid performer, Excellent option for 3D and for HDMI sources, Plenty of A/V connections, Can add iPod/iPhone/iPad out of the box, Nice price, Solid performer, Excellent option for 3D and for HDMI sources, Plenty of A/V connections, Can add iPod/iPhone/iPad out of the box
Cons: Source selection dial is goofy, No Audyssey (has MCACC instead), No analog video upconversion or transcoding to HDMI digital output (requires separate cables to TV for analog sources), 7.1 requires separate power amp, No networking extras