Easy setup, powerful amps, sturdy build quality, works great with iPhone, runs relatively cool compared to other similar spec receivers.
Pioneer is still using unattractive amber LCD. Blue LCD would look much better. The remote is worthless.
I have owned this receiver for about 10 months now and I really like it. I originally purchased this receiver and a Denon 3311CI... both performed great and both sounded amazing but I decided to go with the Pioneer for the build quality additional amps. Since it had the extra ... Read full review
I have owned this receiver for about 10 months now and I really like it. I originally purchased this receiver and a Denon 3311CI... both performed great and both sounded amazing but I decided to go with the Pioneer for the build quality additional amps. Since it had the extra amps built in i thought it would suck energy and run very hot like Onkyo receivers but to my surprise it ran very cool even when I was putting it through it paces. The build quality of this receiver is top notch. It has metal internals and looks like it costs a bunch as it should since this guy isn't exactly cheap. It is however about 40 lbs. so make sure the shelves in your cabinet are strong enough to hold this guy. FYI, this receiver is taller and deeper than most so make sure your cabinet will accommodate it.
Some people may not like the auto assign function that pioneer uses but i found it to be very helpful. I didn't use the MCACC since I like to configure the receiver myself but its there if you want to use it. I have owned Onkyo and Denon receivers in the past and have been very happy with them as well but so far the audio, connections and features on this particular receiver are above and beyond better than my previous receivers. Only the Denon 3311 is close to being an equal with the Pioneer.
Everything on my unit works as advertised... my only real complaint on this unit is that Pioneer uses an amber lcd instead of blue. I understand that blue lcd may cost a little more to produce but honestly a receiver in this price range should have the little things like this included. Oh, I almost forgot... the remote is worthless. The buttons are the size of tic tacs and the layout is atrocious... this is of little consequence since most people willing to drop 1k on a receiver probably have a nice universal remote but still... thats no reason for pioneer to save a buck by slapping together a bad remote. On the other hand the Denon 3311 had a better layout than the pioneer but it actually had two remotes so i guess that kind of defeats the purpose.
Anyway, this receiver will provide your system with plenty of power; it will look great; it will run fairly cool and it has all the new decoders and HDMI goodies if your into 3D. I personally could care less about 3D but I tried it out on a 3D TV and it looks pretty good. Not good enough to make me drop cash on the 3D gimic but it good for those who are into that. Overall I am very satisfied with my purchase!