Summary: The advanced Pioneer VSX-919AH-K A/V Receiver is hardly a difficult choice to make for Pioneer fans, especially since it offers unrivaled compatibility and performance with many of the latest devices. The digital audio and video processors alone are impressive, especially when certifications such as THX are mentioned. This particular receiver is also compatible with a wide array of services, such as iTunes, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and more.
Pros: Compatible- works with iPhone, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and more, Innovative- comes with the latest audio and video enhancing processors, Premium- top-quality output with seamless GUI configurations, Features- Precision Quartz Lock System, MCACC, Dolby Digital, DTS, and more, Standalone- price is comparable to other models, so judgment is difficult
Conclusion: The VSX-919AH is an excellent package at $400 MSRP (less if you shop around), though it does have some drawbacks. HDMI switching was not perfect - you can overcome this by hooking up your sources directly to the display, but then there goes the advantage of a single cable solution from receiver to display as well as the sonic advantages of HDMI audio decoding.
Pros: Fast and easy-to-use auto calibration feature (MCACC), Excellent iPod/iPhone integration, Two zones for the price of one!, Full HDMI video and audio support with on-board decoding of DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD and multi-channel PCM, Affordable, Fast and easy-to-use auto calibration feature (MCACC), Excellent iPod/iPhone integration, Two zones for the price of one!, Full HDMI video and audio support with on-board decoding of DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD and multi-channel PCM, Afford...
Excerpt: Pioneer beherrscht die Kunst des Weglassens recht gut, wie der VSX-919 AH beweist. Die Ingenieure verzichten auf Funktionen, die in der Praxis zumindest in dieser Preisklasse ohnehin kaum genutzt werden, wie zum Beispiel Multiroom. Wichtigere Dinge wie die Fähigkeit, analoge Bildsignale für den HDMI-Ausgang zu wandeln und hochzuskalieren – wenn auch nur auf 1080i – sind aber an Bord.