Pros A ton of features.
6 hdmi inputs.
Easy calibration with MCACC.
Cons Cluttered remote.
Summary Barring the remote, I haven't found much that I don't like. I hooked this up to my Infinity tss-750 speakers. Played The Dark Knight Bluray with my ps3 and it rocked. It is crystal clear. After you use the calibration mic(which is easy), you can go back and tweak the settings to your liking. It didn't have enough bass for me, but that was easily fixed with the use of a very friendly gui. I haven't had it for very long, so i haven't had a chance to check everything out, but so far i'm very pleased and impressed. There is no other receiver in this price range with this feature set. Sweet piece to build a system around.
Pros Great sound, multiple audio formats supported, 6 HDMI ports, HDMI 1.4, iPhone support, Internet radio, GUI for simple setup
Cons Compared to other models, there is nothing to dislike
Summary I was looking to upgrade my 2-year old Pioneer Elite receiver and checking out the specs would have cost me $1000. Then I looked at the regular Pioneer line and found that I could get most of the same features for about 1/2 of the price with the Pioneer VSX-1020-K! Yes, I know the Elite model has slightly better specs and a better power supply--but at twice the cost???
Others have commented on the great features of this receiver (Internet radio, iPhone support, MCACC, 6 HDMI ports, etc.) But the amazing thing is that you can get all these features for not more than a standard receiver.
Installation was simple--connect your speakers and your peripherals and then use the microphone included setup and follow the GUI instructions.
Did I mention that the VSX-1020-K has great sound? The rated 110 w/channel provided booming sound in my room.
The other bonus is that this receiver offers HDMI 1.4 support in case you want to upgrade to 3-D TV. Although this feature is not really that important in and of itself, it shows how Pioneer wants to be on top of the technology curve.
Check out the Pioneer VSX-1020-K for yourself. On top of the basics, you'll find that it has more options that you can imagine. Pioneer is truly giving you a lot of receiver for a modest amount of cash.
Pros Easy set up, dedicated blu-ray hdmi port, great sound
Cons speaker terminals are a bit close together, buttons on the remote are very small
Summary I just set my receiver up and found the whole process to be very easy. My big complaint with it is that the speaker connectinos are a bit close together and it's sometimes a problem getting the wires connected. I was very impressed with the whole MCACC speaker setup process. After selecting the speaker set up that I have, the beeps and blurps and buzzes took over for about 10 minutes testing my speakers. It told me when I had speakers out of phase and after correcting them, moved on with the testing. It also told me that my subwoofer's volumn was set too high. I've never had a system do these checks before and I was impressed with that.
Once they were set up, I connected my blu-ray player(nice touch having a dedicated blu-ray hdmi port), satellite box and X-box 360 and did some testing. The satellite sounded good. The blu-ray was given a few tests to see how well the receiver handled complex soundtracks. First was Master and Commander and the Pioneer handled the opening sequence with ease. All of the creaks of the ship and the water slapping against the ship was handled with ease. Dialogue sounded natural and was correctly placed. When the battle begins the blasts of the cannons and the booms when the ammo hits the ships was excellant. I had to turn it down it was so loud. Next was the opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan. The D-Day invasion's recreations was amazing. The new Star Trek film's opening was well done also. The zips and zaps of the phasers and the booms of the shots hitting the ships were all handled with ease.
I wish the buttons on the remote were a bit bigger, since I have chubby fingers. Other than that, the remote is compact and the buttons seem to be logically placed.
The other thing I really liked with it is that it doesn't give you a hernia to move, like the Onkyo it replaced does. It is solidly built, but not overly heavy. My Onkyo is a monster that even said on the box to use 2 people to move it.
All in all, this is a very impressive receiver that sounds great and is very easy to use. I think it was well worth the price for it.
Pros Swiss army knife of receivers. States 7.1 surround, but can connect up to 9 speakers in many different configurations. GUI makes setting up very easy. Has connections for everything but the kitchen sink.
Cons This unit is not easily compatible with old CRT TVs. While surround speakers are driven by the receiver, this unit requires a sub woofer with it's own power supply.
Summary I used this unit to update a rather old A/V system in my home, so I had a number of problems. If you're in a similar situation, take note, you're going to have a hard time get your system setup with this receiver unit.
After getting a new TV, updated peripherals, and speakers, this receiver is excellent. It works seamlessly, and the sound is very nice for music, movies, and TV.
I wouldn't recommend this for someone with older peripherals, but if you managed to keep your A/V system some what up to date, this is an excellent unit.
Pros Ipod control was much easier using the pioneer remote.
MCACC can be fine tuned
Loaded with different surround modes
Cons Lack of Power
Very Bright when driven to loud levels
MCACC can get tedious
Summary I bought this receiver to replace a Denon 1508. I was surprised that it did not sound as good at loud volumes as the Denon. It was very bright to start off with. After reading about MCACC on AVS for a few hours I spent about 45 minutes running it and changing stuff and rerunning it. I finally got a MCACC setting that I liked. It was not warm but not as bright as before. It sounded good at moderate volumes but when pushed to loud levels it got bright again. This receiver will not give you nearly as much power as a Denon in the same price range. If you get it, get it for the features. The amp in this pioneer is not very impressive.