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Pioneer VSX-1120-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 8, 2015

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Pioneer VSX-1120-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 09/08/2015
Based on 88 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 12.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Music5.0   above average
Video4.7   above average
Price4.6   above average
Quality4.6   above average
Radio4.4   average
iPhone4.4   average
Sound4.3   average
Internet4.1   exceptional
Setup4.0   below average
Power3.8   average
Control3.6   below average
Setting3.6   below average
Speaker3.6   average
Button3.1   below average
Connection3.1   average
Remote3.0   below average
Hdmi2.3   below average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"Amazon has been very pleasant to deal with regarding this problem, though."
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"So, because the first tech was too lazy to troubleshoot the problem, I wasted a lot of time, and Amazon had to process a return."
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"Amazon's delivery was trouble-free."
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"I hope that AMAZON who sold this receiver, please provide a solution, due to the cost and the conditions of sale offered."
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"I was able to snag one of last few 1120's from Amazon for $499."
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"My husband and I were excited to order this receiver from Amazon, having seen good reviews."
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"We had heard the UPS guy drop the box, which was in pretty bad shape, so we returned the receiver to Amazon for a new one."
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Audio

Audio:
"My biggest gripe with ALC is that it is ineffective across the board when used with a multitude of audio sources and when it works with..it's coin flip in terms of performance."
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"Biggest complaint is that audio being provided from an HDMI input IS NOT sent to the optical audio output."
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"If you're good at equalizing audio components this would be a non-issue but I'm not."
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"* Multichannel PQLS which is supposed to improve the audio on compatible Pioneer Blu-Ray players but I noticed no difference (I own a PS3)."
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"I am not an audiophile but I know what hi-fidelity audio sounds like and I enjoy it a great deal, both music and home theater."
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"It is a great piece of equipement with a very good audio quality."
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"- ipod iPhone feature works well (haven't tried the iPhone app)- On-screen GUI is pretty straightforward, and provides a really nice option to rename inputs settings, etc., using a USB keyboard- As noted, the sound is great - really impressed w the audio processing .- Video processing (I'm upscaling to 1080p) is good, not earth shattering, but unless you're a videophile geek you'll be very happy- Internet radio is very, very useful for me due to poor reception, and works very well when it works."
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Button

Button:
"CONs:> Remote is horrible - tons of tiny buttons with each button having multiple functions.> You can only map the bluray labeled HDMI input to another audio input (like toslink)."
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"Only down side is that the remote is not ergonomic and has about 50 small buttons that are hard to figure out in the dark."
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")(4) The input buttons on the front panel are small, making them hard to see and push if you need to use them instead of the remote."
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"While Pioneer's remote is not as easily identified with small, similar buttons compared to the Denon, it is learning and back-lit, which is a step ahead of the 891 2311 991 3311."
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"* I could not get the remotes' up down arrows to respond in order to switch stations unless first pressing the Internet Radio button and the Return button to be able to scroll the list of stations."
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"It was very easy to setup and configure and worked perfectly from the moment I pressed the on button."
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"It does have enough buttons on the front to give you a good deal of functionality, without making the front look like a remote."
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"The backlight button is well placed, my only gripe here is that once the buttons are lit there's still no way to tell what the button does even if you can see it, so you still look like you're shooting in the dark."
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Connection

Connection:
"But shortly after setting up the unit for web-radio and an iPod Touch, it lost nearly everything that wasn't direct input...It stopped connecting to my router, it would only generate errors when you attempted to connect to the internet for anything (web radio stations), the ARC no longer worked, it wouldn't pass-through HDMI when powered off or in standby mode, and the radio reception sucked (I'm 20 miles outside of Philly, I shouldn't have reception issues).Since it took nearly 4 months to move all my equipment to the new set-up, in a proper cabinet, and then it failed like this after only 3 months of operation... before I even started using the system hardcore, like I did when It was only analogue and AC-3, the warranty period was getting fairly close, and taking this out of the system, or even troubleshooting was a nightmare (there were literally hundreds of wires in the system, and at least three dozen hooked directly to the back of this."
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"When connected through HDMI I got HDCP errors so I couldn't connect the new devices that way."
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"I do think it was a mistake to put the I-phone connection in the front, but there is probably another way to do it that I haven't discovered yet."
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"Connection error."
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"Sometimes works great, other times doesn't work, gives me a connection error message."
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"Unfortunately, when you have HDMI connected (the whole point of my buying the unit) you lose the ability to assign HDMI inputs to the appropriate setting."
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"I love the Ipod connection and I pipe Pandora through the system for hours of random quality music."
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"Add ipod connection, and front panel connectivity including HDM1 and you can't go wrong."
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"For instance, there is are 6 memory presets, and I can disable tune the equalizer, standing wave, speaker distance, speaker level on 1 preset to my taste (and it is easy to change the presets on the fly, without interrupting what you are watching or listening to)The following were not a big deal for me, but some may find it useful:Internet radio (nice if you do not have a PC music streamer connected to it)Can pass though video (via HDMI) from my PC to TV, even if the receiver is off (standby).HDMI switching - automatically switches inputs depending on which device is sending a signal (works pretty neat)Marvell video scaler (all Elites above VSX-31 have a Marvell video scaler)USB port (if you want to connect a USB flash drive hard drive with high quality MP3)Tip:For Internet radio URLs, on your PC's web browser, go to shoutcast."
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"When we hook-up the older game boxes to the RCA composite connections on the pioneer, it does an excellent job of up converting the signal to HDMI."
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"The appearance of the unit, connectivity, sound quality and features are well worth the difference in price."
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Control

Control:
"It should be very happy with this excellent receiver a V Pioneer VSX - 1120 - k. Unfortunately, sent me a Remote Control wrong model AXD7595, which corresponds to the VSX-1020 model and not that he bought."
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"I called Pioneer again and was told that if this is a compatibility issue the problem would go away by turning turning HDMI Control off; it is on by default."
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"The only caveat is the PC Control."
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"I still have yet to attempt customizing the vsx remote to control other devices as well, such as STB, TV, etc."
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"Can turn off TV (connected via HDMI) and continue to listen to music from PC (via HDMI).Nice separate section in remote for important TV controls (also programmable remote).Remote back light."
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"I chose not to bi-amp, because the front high speakers (JBL Control 25) are great for dialogue clarity."
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"For this it's much easier to use PC Control instead."
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"What I really liked about the 1120 is the PC control on the 1120 which 1020 does not support."
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"The up-conversion works seamlessly, Sound quality and control is excellent."
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Hdmi

Hdmi:
"When connected through HDMI I got HDCP errors so I couldn't connect the new devices that way."
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"coming from an Onkyo 606, which died on me after a year, due to the infamous HDMI switch board failure."
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"Over the next 3-5 months 3 of the HDMI ports have failed."
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"I am another victim of the Onkyo TX-SR606 failing HDMI board."
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"I replaced an Onkyo TX-SR606 which had a failed HDMI board and am very impressed with the Pioneer."
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"My two concerns about this receiver was that the menu would not display through HDMI and reports of HDCP errors."
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"If you buy an Onkyo good luck using HDMI devices long term."
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"To anyone looking at receivers and planning to use it as an HDMI switch I recommend staying away from Onkyo."
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"It has more than enough HDMI inputs and the radio stations are fairly easy to program."
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"Can turn off TV (connected via HDMI) and continue to listen to music from PC (via HDMI).Nice separate section in remote for important TV controls (also programmable remote).Remote back light."
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"Pros:Easy set up, smart switching with HDMI, multi zone, network capableCons:Remote buttons are small, onscreen interface doesn't offer enough control- fall back to user manual and remote, device website on network does not allow enough controls, antennae jack on back for FM is not F-Type connectorThis receiver is unbeatable for the price!"
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Internet

Internet:
"But shortly after setting up the unit for web-radio and an iPod Touch, it lost nearly everything that wasn't direct input...It stopped connecting to my router, it would only generate errors when you attempted to connect to the internet for anything (web radio stations), the ARC no longer worked, it wouldn't pass-through HDMI when powered off or in standby mode, and the radio reception sucked (I'm 20 miles outside of Philly, I shouldn't have reception issues).Since it took nearly 4 months to move all my equipment to the new set-up, in a proper cabinet, and then it failed like this after only 3 months of operation... before I even started using the system hardcore, like I did when It was only analogue and AC-3, the warranty period was getting fairly close, and taking this out of the system, or even troubleshooting was a nightmare (there were literally hundreds of wires in the system, and at least three dozen hooked directly to the back of this."
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"Also, I am not able to input internet radio stations."
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"Features that made this unit stand out for me were: 1) Internet radio (horrible reception where we live); 2) Wealth of input options and customization of inputs; and 3) iPod iPhone connectivity built-in."
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"For instance, there is are 6 memory presets, and I can disable tune the equalizer, standing wave, speaker distance, speaker level on 1 preset to my taste (and it is easy to change the presets on the fly, without interrupting what you are watching or listening to)The following were not a big deal for me, but some may find it useful:Internet radio (nice if you do not have a PC music streamer connected to it)Can pass though video (via HDMI) from my PC to TV, even if the receiver is off (standby).HDMI switching - automatically switches inputs depending on which device is sending a signal (works pretty neat)Marvell video scaler (all Elites above VSX-31 have a Marvell video scaler)USB port (if you want to connect a USB flash drive hard drive with high quality MP3)Tip:For Internet radio URLs, on your PC's web browser, go to shoutcast."
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"The internet radio works great, and the ability to define the urls on the computer is really handy."
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"* I could not get the remotes' up down arrows to respond in order to switch stations unless first pressing the Internet Radio button and the Return button to be able to scroll the list of stations."
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"Other than the high quality sound I have enjoyed these features most:-The internet radio (some of the default links that came with the unit were no longer active but they were easily replaced with stations of my choosing)-The Ipod inteface-The graphical user interface-The Marvell video chip does a stunning job of upconverting everthing to 1080p-Every feature that I've tried has worked well and the thing has been as solid as a rock for me-The amazing number of sound fields availableThe one con that I will mention is the remote control."
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"Its like having a custom color touchscreen remote and thats just cool :)The internet radio is nice."
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Music

Music:
"for me it took a good month going back and forth between different calibration method, and testing different movies, music to find the best calibration method that suits my speaker setup the best."
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"It sounds great when I play music; and it is awesome when I watch a movie."
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"Can turn off TV (connected via HDMI) and continue to listen to music from PC (via HDMI).Nice separate section in remote for important TV controls (also programmable remote).Remote back light."
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"For instance, there is are 6 memory presets, and I can disable tune the equalizer, standing wave, speaker distance, speaker level on 1 preset to my taste (and it is easy to change the presets on the fly, without interrupting what you are watching or listening to)The following were not a big deal for me, but some may find it useful:Internet radio (nice if you do not have a PC music streamer connected to it)Can pass though video (via HDMI) from my PC to TV, even if the receiver is off (standby).HDMI switching - automatically switches inputs depending on which device is sending a signal (works pretty neat)Marvell video scaler (all Elites above VSX-31 have a Marvell video scaler)USB port (if you want to connect a USB flash drive hard drive with high quality MP3)Tip:For Internet radio URLs, on your PC's web browser, go to shoutcast."
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"Pioneer VSX-1120-k Pros (that matter to me):Excellent, detailed, clear sound (music and home theater use), with plenty of power (you may hear some people say that Pioneer tends to sound a bit bright - I have read that those complaints were for models from several years ago, and Pioneer has come a long way since then)."
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Power

Power:
"I have had no problems, even though I live in an area of town that is believed to have dirty power, with spikes and sags in the voltage."
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"The Yamaha was good in its early days, but I was disappointed in its staying power."
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"But second time after a power recycle it dead completely."
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"This receiver is great doesn't have the power my marantz 7001 had but it does quite well."
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"The Yamaha was good in its early days, but I was disappointed in its staying power."
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"(good analogy, in my opinion)Continuous power output of 110 watts per channel (20Hz to 20KHz, 0.08% THD, 8 Ohms)."
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"For the 500 dollars I spent, Pioneer gave me the best amp power, the most HDMI inputs, netwroking capability and THX."
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"It has more than enough power to easily fill the room with sound."
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Price

Price:
"Flimsy plastic cover on the front is cheap."
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"Save your money and frustration and look at a more reliable brand."
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"An easy recomendation if you can find it at a competitive price."
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"Bost of these are the best in the class in technicality points (just my opinion) at that price range."
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"I would suggest the Klipsch rw-12d which I paid 300 for unbelievable even at full price for $600."
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"Great price...."
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"i definitely recommend this product to anyone looking an inexpensive receiver with tons of features."
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Quality

Quality:
"One big reason this awesome receiver is getting bad mouthed is the build quality and dead non working receivers being shipped."
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"After using the THX Home I was blown away by the sound quality I had been missing with all my Blu-rays."
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"Then, the ugly reality -- their quality is terrible as I have gone through 2 bad systems in 3 days."
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"i've noticed that for this receiver, it's all about which calibration method you choose that determines the ultimate best quality sound."
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"Unless you're adamant in getting the best picture quality out of SD source then I guess you might theoretically lean towards the Pioneer."
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"3D image quality is great through the receiver."
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"It's sound quality is great, the Yamaha (even when in its prime) was not in this league."
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"The sound quality is outstanding."
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Radio

Radio:
"Also, I am not able to input internet radio stations."
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"Features that made this unit stand out for me were: 1) Internet radio (horrible reception where we live); 2) Wealth of input options and customization of inputs; and 3) iPod iPhone connectivity built-in."
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"It has more than enough HDMI inputs and the radio stations are fairly easy to program."
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"Favorite features:- iPod application (iControlAV) to change input source, balance, volume, and control second zone- Internet Radio streaming- up-conversion of video sources - makes standard def programming or DVDs look great on my Panasonic 54 plasma-2 zones with different inputsAreas it could be better:- DLNA support for streaming from a media server- improve the iPod app to be able to change radio presets instead of just the sourceIt is definitely powerful enough for 2 zones, it does not have a change in volume to zone 1 when zone 2 is switched on or off."
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"For instance, there is are 6 memory presets, and I can disable tune the equalizer, standing wave, speaker distance, speaker level on 1 preset to my taste (and it is easy to change the presets on the fly, without interrupting what you are watching or listening to)The following were not a big deal for me, but some may find it useful:Internet radio (nice if you do not have a PC music streamer connected to it)Can pass though video (via HDMI) from my PC to TV, even if the receiver is off (standby).HDMI switching - automatically switches inputs depending on which device is sending a signal (works pretty neat)Marvell video scaler (all Elites above VSX-31 have a Marvell video scaler)USB port (if you want to connect a USB flash drive hard drive with high quality MP3)Tip:For Internet radio URLs, on your PC's web browser, go to shoutcast."
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"The internet radio works great, and the ability to define the urls on the computer is really handy."
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"* I could not get the remotes' up down arrows to respond in order to switch stations unless first pressing the Internet Radio button and the Return button to be able to scroll the list of stations."
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Remote

Remote:
"It should be very happy with this excellent receiver a V Pioneer VSX - 1120 - k. Unfortunately, sent me a Remote Control wrong model AXD7595, which corresponds to the VSX-1020 model and not that he bought."
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"One last thing in closing, the remote is one of the worst remotes I have ever used."
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"The problem may be with the remote itself."
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"CONs:> Remote is horrible - tons of tiny buttons with each button having multiple functions.> You can only map the bluray labeled HDMI input to another audio input (like toslink)."
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"Only down side is that the remote is not ergonomic and has about 50 small buttons that are hard to figure out in the dark."
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"Synch with iPod very seamless and easy to navigate with remote; iPhone and iPad users will have to provide their own feedback."
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"I thought it was an issue with the remote but I couldn't replicate this problem on the Denon 3311 and Onkyo 808."
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"Can turn off TV (connected via HDMI) and continue to listen to music from PC (via HDMI).Nice separate section in remote for important TV controls (also programmable remote).Remote back light."
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"Remote is not that bad and it works great with My 50inc Sony."
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"The iphone app has been called a gimmick...but i truly love it and end up using it more than the actual remote itself!"
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Setting

Setting:
"I'm looking for my commercials to be at the same volume as the movie...which is precisely what I experience when I started using this Audyssey feature on my Onkyo 808.-The MCACC on the 1120K doesn't equalize the subwoofer as good as Audyssey on 808 (it's my opinion from using both)...yes you can manually equalize the MCACC calibrated settings on the 1120k which is cool but I'm not good at that."
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"The second complaint I have has to do with setting up the inputs."
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"This was disappointing, but at the same time the on-screen menus and settings interface direct to the TV are straight forward and simple to use."
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")(2) The Auto MCACC that sets up the speakers and settings--fails to do the job."
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"Beware that it might take a while to find the best calibration setting that suits your particular speaker set."
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"Setting the unit up was easy."
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"- ipod iPhone feature works well (haven't tried the iPhone app)- On-screen GUI is pretty straightforward, and provides a really nice option to rename inputs settings, etc., using a USB keyboard- As noted, the sound is great - really impressed w the audio processing .- Video processing (I'm upscaling to 1080p) is good, not earth shattering, but unless you're a videophile geek you'll be very happy- Internet radio is very, very useful for me due to poor reception, and works very well when it works."
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"For movies I left it on the Auto Surround setting, which did wonderfully for a full sound stage."
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"Setting up the MCACC was a breeze, and I found that I was very happy with the arrangement that it gave me."
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Setup

Setup:
"The only reaosn I didn't give it 5 stars was because I couldn't use the optical audio output as part of my setup (it can only be used for multi zone setups, and it doesn't have a coaxial out, which makes this system incompatible with the soundbar wireless sub rear speaker packages."
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"But shortly after setting up the unit for web-radio and an iPod Touch, it lost nearly everything that wasn't direct input...It stopped connecting to my router, it would only generate errors when you attempted to connect to the internet for anything (web radio stations), the ARC no longer worked, it wouldn't pass-through HDMI when powered off or in standby mode, and the radio reception sucked (I'm 20 miles outside of Philly, I shouldn't have reception issues).Since it took nearly 4 months to move all my equipment to the new set-up, in a proper cabinet, and then it failed like this after only 3 months of operation... before I even started using the system hardcore, like I did when It was only analogue and AC-3, the warranty period was getting fairly close, and taking this out of the system, or even troubleshooting was a nightmare (there were literally hundreds of wires in the system, and at least three dozen hooked directly to the back of this."
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"coming from a ONKYO 606, which had the Audissy setup, i never liked the sound of the audissy."
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"I am not sure if it is just a better manufacturer or it is the acronyms being properly processed or if something was wrong with my Yamaha or if my setup was just not correct."
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"for me it took a good month going back and forth between different calibration method, and testing different movies, music to find the best calibration method that suits my speaker setup the best."
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"to me that really brought out the best of my setup."
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"The system was easy to setup."
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"setup is easy, there is not one thing i could criticize this product on- keeping the price quality in mind."
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"Into 7 channels, the Pioneer 1120 and Onkyo 808 are pretty similar (at times the 1120 being more powerful), but into 2 or 5 channels, the 808 easily trumps the 1120.So those with 7 speaker setup and who want to stay within the $500~ mark...just get Pioneer 1120k."
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Sound

Sound:
"For movies, I am not completely satisfied with the overall sound; however, this I believe this is the result of arbitrary subwoofer placement in our room, and has nothing to do with the receiver."
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"coming from a ONKYO 606, which had the Audissy setup, i never liked the sound of the audissy."
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"This receiver replaced an older JVC RX6000V which was not producing very good sound and lacked HDMI - it was time to upgrade."
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"Pioneer VSX-1120-k Pros (that matter to me):Excellent, detailed, clear sound (music and home theater use), with plenty of power (you may hear some people say that Pioneer tends to sound a bit bright - I have read that those complaints were for models from several years ago, and Pioneer has come a long way since then)."
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"com) Yamaha and Pioneer do not have the issue (Marantz and Denon sounded good, but Yamaha did not sound good)."
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"I have a ten year old Pioneer surround sound system that has developed some problems."
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"This is one of the best surround sound recievers around."
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"Pro: great sound."
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"i've noticed that for this receiver, it's all about which calibration method you choose that determines the ultimate best quality sound."
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"the technology is great, sound is excellent, ipad iphone app is awesome."
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"It runs cool, sounds pretty good, and is very well designed."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"The only reaosn I didn't give it 5 stars was because I couldn't use the optical audio output as part of my setup (it can only be used for multi zone setups, and it doesn't have a coaxial out, which makes this system incompatible with the soundbar wireless sub rear speaker packages."
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"Every time the receiver got to the front left speaker, it would fail and turn itself off."
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"Thinking that there was something wrong on our end, we switched to completely new speakers."
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"I have a pair of Bose 301's in the front and in the rear with a small pair of hidden 200 watt speakers in the side walls."
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"In additon it lets you know if the speakers are in phase or if there is an error with any of them."
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"Sound was not great out of the box but MCACC got my speakers rocking fast."
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"Beware that it might take a while to find the best calibration setting that suits your particular speaker set."
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"for me it took a good month going back and forth between different calibration method, and testing different movies, music to find the best calibration method that suits my speaker setup the best."
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"Into 7 channels, the Pioneer 1120 and Onkyo 808 are pretty similar (at times the 1120 being more powerful), but into 2 or 5 channels, the 808 easily trumps the 1120.So those with 7 speaker setup and who want to stay within the $500~ mark...just get Pioneer 1120k."
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"It has plenty of power for my Klipsch speaker system, which includes giant front speakers and some pretty large center and rear speakers."
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Video

Video:
"For movies, I am not completely satisfied with the overall sound; however, this I believe this is the result of arbitrary subwoofer placement in our room, and has nothing to do with the receiver."
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"I have been unable to obtain Video Upscaling at all like the reviews have said, analog to HD, no such thing on this receiver."
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"I'm not an audiophile and we mostly use to this watch movies and tv which is works well on and it looks pretty nice."
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"It's loud and the 7.1 makes for a great football and movie experience."
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"The video processing seems great."
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"for me it took a good month going back and forth between different calibration method, and testing different movies, music to find the best calibration method that suits my speaker setup the best."
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"I learnt one thing though from all of this- I will never consider an quality of an upscaler to be one of the primary reasons in choosing an a v receiver anymore because my goal for an home theater investment is to enjoy true unadulterated HD movies 3D games on my TV than have to worry about the performance comparisons between two processors that both equally fail on upscaling SD to HD."
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iPhone

iPhone:
"I do think it was a mistake to put the I-phone connection in the front, but there is probably another way to do it that I haven't discovered yet."
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"Update 12 10 10:For you Pioneer fans, there was two options that I missed on the Pioneer that the Onkyo lacksPROS: Iphone app to control the Pioneer Dialogue enhancement (perfect for those who forgo the center channel"
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"the technology is great, sound is excellent, ipad iphone app is awesome."
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"Synch with iPod very seamless and easy to navigate with remote; iPhone and iPad users will have to provide their own feedback."
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"I was amazed by the iPod iPhone integration."
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"The iphone app has been called a gimmick...but i truly love it and end up using it more than the actual remote itself!"
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"The iPhone APP for controlling this unit is nice."
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