Receivers

Pioneer VSX-1021K 7.1 A/V Receiver

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Conclusions About the Pioneer VSX-1021K 7.1 A/V Receiver

The Pioneer VSX-1021 has a lot to offer at its price. Plenty of inputs, including an iPod with video input on the front panel, Pioneer's room correction system (MCACC), and a sweet custom iOS app to control everything. Using iControlAV2 was a lot of fun and something I could see myself doing on a daily basis. Given that many people now watch TV while using a computer, or, in this case, an iPad, in hand, it is very natural to pull up iControlAV2 and make adjustments, or change tracks. I felt that this receiver performed pretty well in the audio department for a unit in its class, but unfortunately the audio benchmarks left much to be desired. It's another case of "you get what you pay for" and with the VSX-1021 you are paying for a lot of great features, but not the greatest amplifier section. I would recommend this receiver to anyone that wants a lot of functionality, yet isn't driving particularly demanding speakers.