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Four New Receivers from Pioneer

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Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K and VSX-919AH-K

Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K and VSX-919AH-K

Summary

  • Product Name: VSX-1019AH-K
  • Manufacturer: Pioneer
  • Review Date: January 09, 2009 03:00
  • MSRP: $200-$500
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
  • Buy Now

Executive Overview

 

 

 

pioneer-519-819At CES 2009, Pioneer’s home entertainment group is introducing four new A/V receivers. The Pioneer-brand A/V receivers continue to bring digital media content into the living room with a complete IPod (including iPhone, iPod Nano and iTouch) solution for high-quality sound reproduction in the home. To ensure quality audio reproduction, the new models are outfitted with the company’s digital sound processing technologies that promise to improve compressed and lower-quality music files to near CD performance.

The new A/V receivers from Pioneer feature the following enhanced processing functionality:

 

  • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) greatly enhances sound quality of iPhone, iPod and satellite radio devices by restoring critical data often removed from a compressed audio file. The result is a fuller, more dynamic listening experience when heard on a home speaker system. In addition, the VSX-919 and VSX-1019AH feature ASR-multi that restores multi-channel audio such as Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 for DVDs and satellite television programming.
  • Auto Level Control (ALC) equalizes volume levels found in digital audio tracks (i.e. MP3 and iPod ), input sources, and even television channels and commercials by restoring the gap in recorded and playback volume without diminishing quality to ensure the most natural sound performance from all content. Once again the VSX-919 and VSX-1019AH raise the bar by featuring multi-channel ALC to provide a consistent volume level between TV channels and commercials delivering multi-channel digital audio now standard in television content.

 

 

Continuing to offer full home automation solutions, Pioneer incorporated a number of installation-friendly features for 2nd zone audio/video and even an independent on-screen display with Sirius and iPod album artwork (VSX-1019AH). Featuring sleek, black cosmetics trickled down from the Elite line, Pioneer’s new A/V receivers bring high end to home theaters from the inside out.

 

Pioneer’s engineers developed unique settings in its A/V receivers to harmonize audio performance. Pioneer created jitter-free playback and dynamic sound quality for music CDs. When connected to a new Blu-ray Disc player via HDMI, Pioneer’s A/V receivers (VSX-919AH & VSX-1019AH) utilize a proprietary Precision Quartz Locking System (PQLS) that synchronizes data between the Blu-ray Disc player and the receiver, providing listeners with the ultimate precision in CD playback.

The four new models bring high resolution audio to fulfill HD video entertainment. The VSX-919AH and VSX-1019AH models feature Pioneer’s proprietary Hybrid Amplifier Technology II (P.H.A.T.) to ensure high quality, high power, multi-channel sound performance at greater efficiency levels. By maintaining minimal heat, the new receivers utilize a pure signal path with minimal internal and external disturbances. Additionally, Pioneer’s top three models also deliver Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD high resolution audio formats found on high definition Blu-Ray discs. Users can take advantage of Pioneer’s room tuning capabilities for a truly customized experience for all audio listening. All four units offer full sound processing for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, and DTS 96/24. The top three add Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS-ES, and DTS NEO:6. The top two models add Windows Media Audio 9 Professional for audio playback of movies, home movies, portable music and more.

 

From entry-level to its top-of-the-line model Pioneer’s four new A/V receivers now provide HDMI 1.3 repeaters that allow home theater fans to take advantage of the format capabilities including Deep Color, x.v. Color and Lip Sync. For more information, please visit www.pioneerelectronics.com.

VSX-519V-KPioneer VSX-519V A/V Receiver

  • 110 Watts x 5 @ 1 kHz
  • HDMI Repeater (2 In / 1 out)
  • Deep Color
  • x.v. color
  • Lip Sync
  • Phase Control
  • 2 channel Auto Level Control
  • 2 channel Advanced Sound Retriever
  • Front Mini Portable Input
  • Component Video Inputs (2 in / 1 out)
  • Audio Inputs (4 in / 1 out - includes Tuner)
  • Audio/Video Inputs (3 in / 1 out)
  • Digital Inputs (3 - 1 coax / 2opt)
  • Blu-ray Disc Ready with 5.1 channel inputs including subwoofer pre-out
  • Multi-Zone Audio Pre-Out
  • New System Remote Control
  • Date/Pricing: April 2009 / $200

VSX-819H-KPioneer VSX-819H A/V Receiver

Step up features:

  • 110 Watts x 5 @ 1 kHz
  • HDMI Repeater (3 In / 1 out)
  • Deep Color
  • x.v. color
  • Lip Sync
  • Dolby True-HD / DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Auto Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration (MCACC) with room EQ is a room tuning function that optimizes sound playback based on the size, shape and surface of a room. It equalizes each speaker with relation to its position in the room, to match the front speakers or to split room audio in two parts
  • iPod Digital USB / USB Memory Audio / On-screen display – iPod digital (USB) front panel port that allows users to access and control their iPod via the packaged iPod cable. iPod Digital provides “plug and play” immediate enjoyment of iPod content; there is no need for a separate dock or iPod connecter cable from the manufacturer. Users can view a dedicated OSD with full song information
  • Sirius Satellite Radio with on-screen display
  • New Preset Remote Control
  • Date/Pricing: April 2009 / $300

VSX-919AH-KVSX-919AH A/V Receiver

Step up features:

  • 120 Watts x 7
  • P.H.A.T. II @ 1 kHz
  • Full Color GUI / OSD
  • 2 Channel Presicion Quartz Lock System (PQLS) – Syncs audio and video information (content) coming from a connected Pioneer Blu-ray Disc player to ensure HD content is decoded and played back accurately on a HDTV
  • Multi-channel Auto Level Control
  • Multi- channel Sound Retriever
  • Neural THX / WMA-9 Pro
  • Advanced MCACC is Pioneer’s room calibration feature that delivers ensures studio quality sound for an array of room configurations. Evidence of Pioneer’s relentless pursuit of multi-channel stereophonic precision, Advanced MCACC immediately optimizes acoustics in a room, making subtle adjustments to connected speakers and neutralizes the sound field of the primary listening area with meticulous fine-tuning.
  • KURO Link – When a Pioneer A/V receiver is connected to a Pioneer KURO, users can control both devices utilizing just the television remote control. Volume, power, play and channels are just some of the options that can be controlled with the single remote.
  • Analog to Analog Video Conversion – Up / Down
  • Analog to HDMI Up-conversion
  • PureCinema Video Processing – Improved technology ensures smooth, high quality playback of standard definition content when shown on a connected HDTV
  • 3D Noise Reduction
  • 3D Y/C Separation
  • Audio Inputs (4 in / 1out - includes Tuner)
  • Digital Inputs (3 - 1 coax / 2 opt)
  • Multi-Zone A/V Pre-out: Allows 2 room audio enjoyment. For example, 5.1 surround sound in a living room while a CD is being output in another room. 2 zone environments can also enjoy Sirius & iPod sources.
  • New Preset Remote Control
  • Date/Pricing: April 2009 / $400

VSX-1019AH A/V Receiver

Step up features:

  • HDMI Repeater (4 In / 1 out)
  • Faroudja 1080p Video Scaler – converts analog video content to better match the resolution of a connected display for a high quality home theater viewing experience
  • Digital Inputs (4 - 2 coax / 2opt)
  • iPod 2nd Zone with OSD – access and control iPod content via multi-zone with full color jacket art graphics
  • New Preset Glow Remote Control
  • Date/Pricing: April 2009 / $500

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enytimen0w posts on January 08, 2010 19:27
Seth=L, post: 671961
Speakers don't stay at one particular impedance, they actually change. That's why most speakers will have a nominal impedance rating, such as 8 ohms nominal. A speaker with that rating may go as low as 4 ohms and up to 10 ohms, depends on the frequency being played. Nonimal ratings just give you an average and basis for where the speaker spends most of it's time.

The Bose will work fine with even the Pioneer VSX-519. Calling Pioneer Tech Support to ask about what speakers will work with your receiver is a futile effort because even if the receiver can support a 4 ohm load they will tell you that it cannot because they don't want to have to repair your receiver under warranty, so they will try to convince you to use an 8 ohm speaker to distance you far into the safe zone (more than necessary). I've used 4 ohm nominal rated speakers with far less adequate amplification than those Pioneer receivers, I'm sure they'll have no trouble powering Bose speakers. Bose doesn't make speakers that are hard to imposing to drive, they are meant to work with basically everything making them very versitile function wise. Of course most of us have our reservations about the price per sound quality of Bose, but that has nothing to do with how it will function with a receiver.

I hope this helps.


Thank you so much, it is very helpful. The reason I have Bose speakers is they were given to me, hard to say no to free Bose Speakers. haha. But thank you, I really like the Pioneer VSX-21, but it is just a little too expensive.
Seth=L posts on January 08, 2010 19:23
enytimen0w, post: 671955
Thank you very much for the response. One more quick questions, why do the speakers say 4/8 ohms. Are they 8 or 4 ohms? Because if they are 8, if I understand correctly, it wouldn't be a problem? Thanks again.
Speakers don't stay at one particular impedance, they actually change. That's why most speakers will have a nominal impedance rating, such as 8 ohms nominal. A speaker with that rating may go as low as 4 ohms and up to 10 ohms, depends on the frequency being played. Nonimal ratings just give you an average and basis for where the speaker spends most of it's time.

The Bose will work fine with even the Pioneer VSX-519. Calling Pioneer Tech Support to ask about what speakers will work with your receiver is a futile effort because even if the receiver can support a 4 ohm load they will tell you that it cannot because they don't want to have to repair your receiver under warranty, so they will try to convince you to use an 8 ohm speaker to distance you far into the safe zone (more than necessary). I've used 4 ohm nominal rated speakers with far less adequate amplification than those Pioneer receivers, I'm sure they'll have no trouble powering Bose speakers. Bose doesn't make speakers that are hard to imposing to drive, they are meant to work with basically everything making them very versitile function wise. Of course most of us have our reservations about the price per sound quality of Bose, but that has nothing to do with how it will function with a receiver.

I hope this helps.
enytimen0w posts on January 08, 2010 19:06
Thank you very much for the response. One more quick questions, why do the speakers say 4/8 ohms. Are they 8 or 4 ohms? Because if they are 8, if I understand correctly, it wouldn't be a problem? Thanks again.
Adam posts on January 08, 2010 16:17
enytimen0w, post: 671883
I am looking to purchase the VSX-1019AH-K, and I have Bose center channel and surround speakers, both say they are compatible with receivers that send 10-110w per channel at 4-8 ohms. Will this reciever be okay to use with these speakers? The specs say it can deliver 120w per channel, but the manual says 90W continuous at 8 ohms. I am hoping these won't burn out my speakers. Pioneer told me that these speakers are not compatible with any of their receivers. Does this sound right?

Welcome to the forum! First, the “90W continuous at 8 ohms” statement indicates the maximum power output, not a typical power output. You don't need to worry about burning out your speakers unless you crank the receiver really loud.

A 4-ohm load is difficult for a number of receivers because it increases the current draw from the receiver's amps. Most receivers won't guarantee performance below 6 ohms. Odds are that the Pioneer can handle those speakers, but it might go into protection mode if you turn the system up too loud. The next level up, the Pioneer Elite VSX-21, is THX certified and can handle a 4-ohm load.
enytimen0w posts on January 08, 2010 16:10
Speakers with VSX-1019AH-K

I am looking to purchase the VSX-1019AH-K, and I have Bose center channel and surround speakers, both say they are compatible with receivers that send 10-110w per channel at 4-8 ohms. Will this reciever be okay to use with these speakers? The specs say it can deliver 120w per channel, but the manual says 90W continuous at 8 ohms. I am hoping these won't burn out my speakers. Pioneer told me that these speakers are not compatible with any of their receivers. Does this sound right?
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