Pioneer VSX-1020K 7.1 A/V Receiver



The marketplace for receivers is undergoing a rather interesting transformation. In the early days, most of the pieces that went into a receiver were a result of in-house development. This was also a time when the audio components dominated. These days the audio specifications nearly show up as an afterthought behind a laundry list of audio formats. It seems the majority of manufacturers have accepted the reality that keeping in-house solutions competitive with third party solutions is difficult and costly.

Pioneer's VSX-1020K is a 7.1 receiver with all the bells and whistles for only $549. It delivers very good performance for that price range, including the ability to pass SACD digitally through the HDMI port.


  • Design: 7.1 A/V Receiver
  • Power: 80 Watts RMS x 7 into 8 Ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Codecs: All, Including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • DACs: Wolfson 24/192
  • Connections: 6 HDMI In/Out, 2 Component Video, Composite Video, iPhone, USB, Ethernet, Digital Audio, Stereo Analog Audio, Pre-Out, Headphone
  • Dimensions: 6.25" H x 16.5" W x 14.9" D
  • Weight: 22.25 Pounds
  • MSRP: $549 USA
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So in this context, how does the VSX-1020-K distinguish itself? It is one thing to offer every conceivable feature under the sun, but it is another entirely to make those features accessible to the average user. There are a few features that will serve as the focus of the review; these include the calibration and setup functions, iPod control, Pioneer AS-BT100 Bluetooth adapter and iControlAV.