Pioneer VSX-920-K review : 7.1 Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver
Electronics Made Easy
26 November 2010
Summary: If you do not mind a few minor issues, such as lack of HDMI pass-through in standby mode or backlit remote, then by all means this is probably the A/V receiver for you. Some consumers have gone as far as comparing the Pioneer VSX-920-K to competing devices that cost upwards of $1500. Needless to say, with the latest technologies and support for advanced devices and codecs, this receiver is definitely one of the best for the price and one of the best for the average home...
Pros: Quality- great price, great features, trusted-brand, Superior- offers advanced 7.1-channel audio and video upconvert, Featured- plenty of HDMI 1.4a ports, Bluetooth and iPod compatibility, Advanced- comes with several experience-enhancing technologies
Cons: Improvable- underpowered with a few minor flaws
Excerpt: Recently, we looked at this receiver’s big brother , and the fact is that is isn’t really any bigger than this one. The Pioneer VSX-920-K is surprisingly full-on with features. The main one of interest here is that it has full 3D video support, passing it through very nicely from Blu-ray player to TV, while pulling the sound out for its own purposes.
Pros: Supports 3D video signals, Supports iPod, All digital audio standards supported, Zone 2
Cons: No 7.1 channel analog out (for upgrading amplifier)
Excerpt: Pioneer are one of a handful of brands that are synonymous with the hi-fi industry and with the name you know roughly that you are going to get a quality product with a respectable array of features for your hard earned cash.
Excerpt: While it's had no problem turning out class-leading receivers at four-figure prices, Pioneer has found the midrange a tougher nut to crack. Its products have always had merits, but have usually only been mildly diverting – the sort of glossily finished alternative everyone glances at in the showroom before spending their £500 on a Denon, Sony or Onkyo. The VSX-920 is designed to put a stop to that.
Pros: Good looks and bold spec, excellent auto set-up (eventually), exhilarating multichannel sound and acceptable in stereo too
Cons: Flummoxing remote, can be bettered for DVD upscaling
Excerpt: Pioneer’s VSX-920 receiver is part of the company’s new range of receivers which support full Blu-ray 3D. Despite the relatively low price, it also offers extraordinary connectivity features to a wider world of music. As with the other receivers here, the VSX-920 of course offers audio decoding for all modern standards — including Dolby Pro Logic IIz and the highest specifications of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
Excerpt: Pioneer is probably the coolest brand in home cinema. Its sleek, cosmetically finessed designs and cutting-edge performance make the rest of the herd look positively industrial. So how do you go about making a sub-£500 receiver cooler than a penguin's toes?
Conclusion: Der Pioneer ist mit seinen vielen Funktionen zwar nicht ganz einfach zu bedienen. Doch zum fairen Preis bietet der VSX-920 einen kraftvollen und offenen Klang, viel Leistung und eine für die Preisklasse hervorragende Ausstattung. Als Belohnung darf er sich mit dem Denon den Testsieg teilen.