Receivers

Pioneer VSX-32 7.1 A/V Receiver

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Setup

After connecting all my components, the first thing I did was run through MCACC to see if it would properly detect all of my speakers and their corresponding distances and crossovers correctly, saving me from manually entering them. In this case, MCACC seemed to get the distances (down to half-inch precision) and levels correct, though the crossovers disagreed with my usual settings. However, I chose to go with their settings and see how it worked for me. Pioneer also lets you browse the MCACC results to see the before and after results in graph form, and even copy it over to a PC with a software application. Unfortunately, the software application still seems to rely on a serial connection which most computers don't have anymore, so hopefully they will start to support transferring this data over Ethernet in the future.

Configuring the inputs was easy to do though the GUI, which retains much of the same look as last year. Each input lets you assign the digital and analog sources, specify if you need to use either of the 12V triggers, and rename the input, as I did with the Blu-ray player to Oppo and then HDMI1 as TiVo. I would like to see a quicker way to assign and rename these inputs, either through the web interface or the iPhone application, but I imagine we are a couple of years away from that and it still took me under 10 minutes to complete the job. Pioneer does have a web interface to allow you to edit the radio stations, as well as control the current input, surround mode, and the secondary zones, but not for the initial setup.

The one complaint I would have is that the settings for the video processor aren't accessed through the main menu system, but instead from the front panel of the unit. Additionally, the settings aren't able to be adjusted unless there is a video signal that's currently active into the system on that input. They work on a per input basis, which is very nice, but it does mean that for your initial configuration if you want to enable the video processing, you'll have to switch to each individual component and then adjust the settings for it from the front panel instead of from the GUI.