The Pioneer VSX Series, represented in this review by the VSX-1022-K, is a remarkable value in the world of AV receivers. High quality sound is at the forefront, with a supporting cast of abundant ports and solid features. Pioneer's technical support is good, but not the best because of the company's short, one-year warranty.
In terms of performance, the Pioneer VSX-1022-K's 7.1-channel surround sound produces clean, robust audio. Its 98dB signal-to-noise ratio, broad frequency range of 20Hz-20kHz and total harmonic distortion of 0.08 percent contribute to this smooth sound. The VSX-1022-K comes standard with a digital-to-analog converter, which is responsible for converting digital music to a format that your stereo speakers can reproduce. The unit has a peak power output of 80 watts and a continuous power output of 80 watts.
The abundance of ports is a welcome sight if you have many devices in your home theater setup. The six HDMI inputs and one HDMI output with an audio return channel are sure to keep you up to date with each new device that you add to your home theater. In lieu of Wi-Fi, Pioneer opted for a more stable Ethernet connection for network functionality. Built-in USB ports let you expand the connectivity options with a Bluetooth adaptor, or directly connect an iPod or other devices to play your digital music library through your surround sound system.
You can control speaker setups in multiple rooms with the VSX-1022-K, giving you added mobility, with more rooms in your home where you can listen to music without purchasing a separate sound system for each one. There are also various ports for legacy devices with component, composite, optical and coaxial connections. A front headphone jack gives you the option for a private listening session. There receiver is also equipped with an AM/FM radio.
There are some contemporary features included with this digital receiver. The supported video resolutions include 3D pass-through and 1080p video scaling. The network media server streams audio and internet radio from any computer on your home network. An app for Android or iOS tablets and smartphones turns your mobile device into a fully functional remote control for your receiver. What's more, there's dynamic volume, which preserves the fidelity of your music regardless of the volume at which you choose to listen.
Pioneer offers technical support that is both helpful and friendly. Phone and email support offer a personal touch. FAQs and a user guide are great resources to turn to when a common problem arises. The low note of this receiver is its one-year warranty, which is the shortest warranty of all the products on our lineup. Pioneer's support team responded quickly to our questions about this product during our review.
The Pioneer VSX-1022-K is an excellent home theater receiver with amazing sound at an excellent price. The ports and features accommodate most home entertainment needs. Pioneer's technical support is very helpful, but the receiver's short warranty could cause problems to arise in the future. Still, this is a great receiver if you're on a budget.
This inexpensive receiver has great sound and useful features.
The VSX-1022-K only has a one-year warranty.
The Pioneer VSX-1022-K offers big sound, ports in abundance and noteworthy features that are perfect for those who have a limited entertainment budget.