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Pioneer VSX-921
6.8 out of 10

Pioneer VSX-921

Pioneer VSX-921-K The Pioneer VSX-921-K is a 7.1-Channel AV Read more

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Overall 8

Good When it works

Chris H., Newegg
4 February 2016
  • Summary: They say 7.1, but its really 5.1+2.0 that allows you to run all 8 at the same time, but that puts less power to the 2 surround and 2 rear (or 2 height) speakers.
  • Pros: Nice features, has a handful of HDMI inputs and 2 optical inputs. DDPL, DDPL2 and DTS ready. "advanced surround" simulates surround from a stereo input, better than just splitting the channels.
  • Cons: First one never actually worked properly. Warranty work was completed by a local shop and then it worked great for a few years. Now though (5 years later, 6 moves) I can tell it is starting to go. Sometimes I'll get a max-volume white noise snarl that is just the worst sound ever.
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Overall 2

Piece of junk

MPG5, Amazon
23 January 2014
  • Summary: Bought this receiver a little over a year ago to update our home theater to HDMI. Researched a lot of receivers and decided on this one due to its good specs for the money. Had Pioneer before and all were great. Not this one. The worst user manual I've ever seen and I am tech savvy.
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Overall 2

found a fatal flaw

Nathan N., Newegg
31 January 2013
  • Summary: I realize that this product is discontinued now but hopefully people considering purchase of a Pioneer receiver will read this and immediately try switching between HD and SD on their cable box so they can return their new receivers if the issue persists on new models - I'm still corresponding with...
  • Pros: it mostly works.
  • Cons: I can't seem to edit my previous review so I'm posting a one-star review to balance it out. There's an issue with this receiver and my Verizon cable box (actually made by Motorola) where the receiver outputs a pink/purple tinted video signal when switching between SD and HD stations, or even when...
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Overall 4

Nothing but trouble

Michael G., Newegg
16 December 2012
  • Summary: I had to call Pioneer tech support 2 times to get what should be a simple set-up problem solved. After some walk-throughs in the many menus and settings, both times the techie said my receiver needed to be taken in for service so I did.
  • Pros: Good specs for the price. Used it to update from an older Pioneer receiver that worked well to this one for HDMI capability.
  • Cons: Ridciulously complex manual that answers few questions when you hit a snag. Receiver does not send its HDMI signal through more than 25 feet of cable. I needed 50 feet but nowhehre in the specs is this mentioned. Might be important to many buyers. My little cable box and blue-ray palyer sent a st...
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Overall 8

Excellent Sound Quality. Very Outdated User Interface.

C. Medlin, Amazon
3 June 2012
  • Summary: I bought this receiver along with Pioneer SP-BS41-LR bookshelf speakers, a Pioneer SP-C21 center channel speaker, and the Pioneer SW-8 Subwoofer. I have been very happy with the sound quality - it is excellent for both music and movies.
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Overall 2

it is unacceptable

Yongji L., Newegg
19 April 2012
  • Summary: please keep your original package as long as you can. If you miss any part for the RMA. Don't waste your money to send it back to Newegg. Just contact manufactory directly. Newegg can not do anything if you miss an item, even you are willing to pay additional cost.
  • Pros: it is good when it works.
  • Cons: it stopped working after 4 days. The power was completely off.
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Overall 6


kenneth c., Newegg
6 April 2012
  • Summary: Onkyo had been my favorite until the HDMI board fried. Come to think of it, with the comparable cost in mind, I prefer Onkyo over other brands.
  • Pros: it produces good sound quality when you have the supported media via HDMI
  • Cons: Optical ports are only for music and SAT-TV. I have a Western Digital media play that does not passthru true audio via HDMI. It's useless to me
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Overall 4

Worked for a Bit...

Damek V., Newegg
4 April 2012
  • Pros: Worked Extremely well while it did work.
  • Cons: Stopped working in about 2 weeks. No idle light; wont turn on at all. No sign of life when plugged in anymore.
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Overall 10

Very pleased so far

Edwards B., Newegg
31 January 2012
  • Summary: Glad I have this receiver and can highly recommend it for the money. Get a set of great speakers from NewEgg (Energy 5.1 if you can get them) and rock the house!
  • Pros: Great upscaling - nice picture Excellent sound Great buy for the money
  • Cons: HDMI through is a little unusual to set up (I've seen reports that people can't get it to work, but I'm not going to mess with it) MCACC is archaic-looking Not the easiest receiver to set up out of the box, but it works well when you do get it set up
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Overall 8


John S., Newegg
8 January 2012
  • Pros: Great price, looks great. Sounds even better. Upgraded from my sont str de895 Plenty of inputs. A lot of options. Easy set up.
  • Cons: A few too many options for me to mess with. Set up the auto sound calibrate, sounds great, working great!
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