Summary: Opened it up to look for a blown fuse and could not find an obvious fix. Searched online and it seems like it's going to cost way more than it's worth. Now looking for another receiver, and I'M GOING TO STAY AWAY FROM PIONEER THIS TIME. I WISH I NEVER GAVE THEM A CHANCE.
Pros: When it worked, it provided good sound
Cons: Same problem as everyone else. UNIT JUST STOPPED POWERING ON. I took immaculate care of this unit and only lightly used this as the center of my home theater system. One of the HDMI input channels stopped working a few months in so I had to switch my inputs to another channel.. no biggie. Then on...
Summary: I would stay far away from any Pioneer receivers, seems quality and customer satisfaction has given way to the cheaper is better and toss it when it breaks mentality (planned obsolescence). what a shame too, had a pioneer head unit in my 96 Saturn back in the day and that thing was awesome.
Pros: while it worked I thought it was a nice receiver, especially for the price. Unfortunately that was somewhat short lived.
Cons: After a year and a half the receiver does not turn on, it's a known issue with the VSX series, not just the 821, and it seems to be carried over to the newer versions 822, etc. The issue in most all cases I've seen online is the Amp board. while the board level components can be had for under 20 ...
Pros: Great sound,connecyion options, DLNA worked and excelent picture quality to my Vivio XVT. Helpfull costomer service from Pioneer.
Cons: No built in wifi, No settings menu through HDMI and HDMI output quit in less than a year. In their defense Pioneer replaced it through their service center with a newer model that I am pleased with.
Pros: Awesome device. Clean sound. Tons of features. Looks nice in a rack.
Cons: It died after one year of light use. Turned it off one day and the next day it wouldn't come back on. There was no power surge, no overheating, nothing. I can't explain it and I don't want to get ripped off by taking it to a service center.