Summary: I'm here, two years after purchasing this thing, because I really do kind of hate it (one star). But to be completely fair, maybe hate is too strong of a word (two stars). I read some other reviews to get a sense of what other people are saying and you'll see these reported a lot: "Buttons are too small." (I literally need a flashlight and glasses or a magnifying glass in order to actually use the buttons). "Manual is useless.
Summary: Well to summarize this experience would be a nightmare. It doesn't work properly such as lights flicking, remote doesn't interface with the receiver. Tried reprogramming the receiver and the remote, and they won't work together.
Summary: I've had this receiver for about 2 years now and decided to review it. It is great receiver for the price and definitely delivers good sound. I have it set up in the living space of my 1 bedroom apartment. It is front bi-amped to Monitor Audio BR-2 speakers with HDMI inputs from an xbox360, blueray player, and AppleTv. My FiOS box is hooked up via component. I'd like to have had one more HDMI input, but I really didn't utilize the last HDMI input until recently.
Summary: I've been very happy with this receiver since I bought it. Everything has functioned very nicely, good sound, just worked. Exactly one month after the warranty expired, the HDMI video section died. Kaput. I've never had a Pioneer product die after just two years. The plasma that is connected to the receiver is over 7 years old and my Pioneer laserdisc player is over 20 years old with no problems.
Summary: Before you think about Pioneer receivers just Google the problems and you will see many. First the manual is generous on pages otherwise is useless. The remote is the same story a lot of buttons but most are good for nothing. Now after less than two years I have HDCP ERROR that causes the receiver to turn off, so it takes me a number of tries to get it going. When you goole this error you will find many miserable sole like me searching for answers without getting any.
Summary: The communication issue can be a pain when someone not familiar with my system turns it on, but I've grown to live with it. If it wasn't for that, I would have given a 5 star review, it is a great value.
Summary: I bought this Reciever because it had everything that i needed in it, however after ive been using it for a while i have become disappointed with it. The sound some times just turns off when im watching a movie and i have to turn it off and then back on. ive also noticed that the programing in it is horrible. i turn on my bluray player and turn the reciever to BD mode and then it switches itself back to tv input and so i end up doing everything twice what a joke.
Summary: I bought this receiver to upgrade from a Pioneer VSX-516 after purchasing a new Blu-ray player, mainly for the HDMI and True HD and Master DTS features. Power wise it was a disappointment; it didn't even match the punch of VSX-516. Additionally, my unit ran hotter than Hades. Some say there was a fan in this thing, so I have to wonder if mine was broken. Fortunately, the shelf I put it in allowed for two additional computer cooling fans, which I put on top of it.