dealspioneer dolby truehd 7.1 channel home theater…

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.01 cheaper at walmart.com (though admittedly shipping+tax changes things, its worth pointing out):

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Pioneer-VSX-921-K-A-V-Receiver/17655301

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not much of a deal. Walmart has it for the same price with free site to store shipping

www.walmart.com/ip/Pioneer-VSX-921-K-A-V-Receiver/17655301?ci_sku=17655301&ci_src=14110944&sourceid=1500000000000003142050

newegg also regularly has it for this price with free shipping, though not today.

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um,... i have this.
it's pretty rad. at THIS price it's pretty dang rad.
it's got all of the hook ups you need for game systems, bluray, dvd, ipod (if you like that kind of thing), and has a "smart" function that reads the input and adjusts the sound output accordingly.
i paid a bit more for it, and have been semi-satisfied.
at this price, i think i would have been VERY satisfied.
translation: "eff... it's cheaper now."

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@unksol: @unksol: I..hmm.. You repeated with @pinchecat almost verbatim, and included a slightly different URL to the exact same link... accidentally? ('bout 5 minutes after he did :) )

What a co-ink-ee-dink.

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@rafalosophy: I'm HOPING that if it's this low now, it'll be even lower in the near future. I need one of these. That is to say, I'd love to have one. My "home theatre" isn't quite what it used to be (a decade ago) :D

I had a 1,000W sub and some awesome speakers...back when eBay was actually for getting good deals on stuff, not competing to see who will pay the most over retail to get the product :)

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I have the 821 model that I got on Black Friday from Best Buy for $199, and I have to say, it's FREAKING GREAT. If you have more than one HDMI device, this consolidates four of them, instead of needing a switcher; you simply plug in an (included) microphone and it basically figures out how to set up the audio on its own for the best sound.

Definitely recommend.

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Soooo close!
If only it had s-video for my Laserdisc players!

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Bought this the last time it was on woot. Been pretty solid pushing a hodgepodge of speakers that I got for cheap (whole system less than $1000 including receiver)

1 JBL SVA Center
2 JBL SVA 2100s
2 Polk RTI1000s
2 Pioneer SP-BS41s(Also from woot)

I'm extremely pleased with the overall sound out of it. I've yet to actually listen to something with 7.1 audio. Really need to get my Blu-Ray hooked back up.

If you're in the market for a budget 7.1 receiver, look no further. This is what you want to buy.

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In 20 words or less, can someone sum up what it is that this thing does?

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@sensenigk It decodes 7.1 channel audio and provides power to a set of 7.1 speakers (not included). It also allows 3D data to pass through so you can watch 3DTV.

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This model also supports the Audio Return Channel for HDMI (page 42 of the user's manual explains how to set up ARC on this model).

The ARC allows the audio channel to be returned to the receiver from the television through the HDMI cable. This eliminates the need for a separate audio cable from the television to the receiver.

Your television must also support ARC, but most if not all new HDTV's should support this feature.

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Review http://www.whathifi.com/review/vsx-921
V good for the price. Retail list price is around $600 it seems

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Does anyone know if this is HDMI 1.4?

Never mind. From Pioneer's site:

All of Pioneer's newest receivers support the latest HDMI 1.4a specification. So not only do you get the most out of your existing movies and music, with the VSX-921-K you're prepared for the next generation of 3D video content. With 4 HDMI inputs, you've got plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available. All Pioneer receivers also offer advanced HDMI conveniences like Audio Return Channel and Power Save HDMI Standby Through.

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I own the 1019. So it's a tier above this but 2 years older. Maybe that means they are about the same?

I am very happy with it, however the remote sucks. This one looks a bit better.

I route all components through this via HDMI (cable, PS3, Xbox) so the TV input never needs to change.

When watching Amazon VOD with the TV I have to change the input but the sound still works since I run an optical cable from the TV to the receiver.

Huge upgrade over the Onkyo HTiB I owned before this (same speakers).

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So close to getting one of these.. always been a die hard Yamaha fan for sound quality.. can anyone vouch for the sound quality of this thing especially at higher home theater volumes?? Can it push my speakers?

One thing I don't like about my Yamaha's is that they have no option to play music at the same level out of all the speakers. Can this one do that?

Yes.. I know.. I'm lazy and could do the research myself, but I know one of you guys has all the answers. :)

thanks!

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I have a great Denon AVR-790 that I love, but just upgraded my TV to 3D which the Denon doesn't support (only HDMI 1.3). This is so tempting...

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I upgraded from an older Harman Kardon receiver that had DTS and 5.1 audio but was starting to die. I couldn't be happier with this receiver, that I purchased last time it was on Woot. The iPhone and iPad apps (particularly the iPad app) are incredible and allow for excellent configuration of system options and control of volume, input, balance, surround modes, etc. My wife constantly uses AirPlay to play audio from her iPhone. She loves it too! Buy this receiver!

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@mrackley: It does have special music modes that puts the audio through all the channels simultaneously. In fact, it has several. You won't be disappointed in the configuration options of this receiver, especially if you have an iPad and the special app.

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Can anyone tell me, if I plug in a standard yellow RCA video plug (i.e. from my Wii or PS2) will it convert and fire the signal out the HDMI cable?

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This is nice! And the price is amazing, I do not have access to a Walmart so this is amazing! Thanks for this deal, it saved me a lot!

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@jeffkuhn19: Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong but I believe it does have two zones - A and B.

Check out this picture of the back from the Pioneer website:

There are 7 connections in Zone A and 2 connections for Zone B.

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Is there some reason that Pioneer still makes these things look like reject 1980's equipment? I just replaced my ancient late 80's Pioneer receiver last year and it looked almost exactly like this one. Now I have a Sony 7.1 receiver and the whole thing is only 2" high, sleek, slim and looks modern, and fits beautifully on my entertainment center. Its small but gets plenty loud enough to shake the walls and make my ears bleed if I want.

This Pioneer unit looks big enough to curl up on and take a nap, are they still using vacuum tubes and fuse arrays in this thing or what? Really who wants this massive box anywhere near a modern flat screen TV?

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@ebrake: Do you have 43 I/O Slots on your device ?

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My A/V receiver has them too, but... Does anyone actually use those gigantic knobs on the front? I mean, they do allow you precise control over the volume IF, that is, you're sitting on the floor right in front of the receiver. I use the remote control to adjust volume from the comfort of my couch. Why do they make the knobs so large if they aren't used?

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@bsmith1: I use them. Sometimes I am standing up or walking by and its way too loud or way to quiet. They don't hurt, so why get rid of them?

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@farley999: It has 6 HDMI, 3 pairs of RCA, and 4 Optical Audio Inputs. Cant imaging needing any more than that. It even has a volume knob on the front...and they somehow made it the size of a regular ole knob and not the size of a dish plate like Pioneer.

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Okay... I bought one... make me a fan Pioneer!!

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Newegg has a REALLY NICE Onkyo Network A/V Receiver for $229 right now for those of us who only need 5.1.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882120176

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I bought a competing yamaha, but it was a dud. Customer service suggested I drive 100 miles to the nearest service center to drop it off because they wouldn't cough up for a shipping label. I returned it to the retailer and bought the Pioneer 1021k on sale through a locodeal for $299. It was worth it for the networking ability.

You don't have to buy THEIR wifi dongle. You can buy an airport express or something and extend your network and connect this to the ethernet port on that. I control my pioneer via the app on my iphone, access itunes, etc. The internet radio feature is cool, even if the interface reminds me of late 80s, early 90s computing.

It pushes my bose bookshelf speakers, my BIC America center, old ProA towers I'm using as surrounds (I swapped out the 10" woofers because they rotted) with 10" Pyle Pro PMW10a, and a couple of tiny Koss speakers I'm using for front height, and a Polk 10" sub. I cranked some 80s music to -25 and have no doubt it could go higher...

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@thetexastwister: Not sure of the point of ARC if you're using a receiver. The tv is essentially a dumb monitor when you have real speakers hooked up to the receiver

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@wootbretz and @rockytrh: I'm not saying the receiver shouldn't have volume controls on it, but why do they have to be so large? Mine stick off the front of the receiver at least 1.5 inches. This adds to the overall depth of the receiver and you have to take that into consideration when measuring your a/v cabinet or entertainment center. If they were used a lot, making the dials large makes complete sense. If most people don't use them very often, I don't think they should be as prominent or imposing. Maybe it's for the retro look...back when stereo receivers had no remotes and the dials where used all the time... Think of it this way, you don't see flat screen TVs with huge volume dials on them, do you?

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@bhcompy: Maybe the TV has Internet apps that the sound originates from. If you have ARC, you can send the audio back to the receiver through the HDMI cable to your fancy speakers without the need of an additional audio out on the TV.

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@drchops <- lol -6 for a casual observation - awesmome

I get the feeling that most of the people who downvote comments like that don't even read 'em, they just see a "-" and jump in line lol

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@bhcompy: Streaming via TV apps, such as Amazon VOD.

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@bsmith1: I happen to like my gigantic knob.

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@wootmeharder: Yeah, well, mine is so big it just gets in the way and doesn't get used nearly enough to justify its enormous size. Maybe I should get a knob reduction operation to alleviate my burden. ;)

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@wootbretz: What are you guys wearing welding gloves when you need to adjust the volume. Those knobs make as much sense as clown shoes.

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@ebrake: Thank you! I'm glad somebody gets it!

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@bsmith1: Reminds me of the Arthritis caps on Bayer aspirin......then it hit me. HUGE receiver that looks like it was made in 1986, LOTS of outdated RCA connections, Massive knobs that could be certified by the National Arthritis Foundation. They designed this thing for the AARP market, it all makes sense now.

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I have a Yamaha receiver I got in a home theater set (with 5 speakers and subwoofer). I forget the exact model, but I got it 5ish years ago. Would I probably be able to just swap that out with this one? I'd like the HDMI switching capabilities, and I have a Harmony One remote that would still work with this...

I'm just concerned about the speakers. I'd have to buy the banana clip things for my speaker wire (current one just takes in regular wire), but would I be ok even though I don't have 7.1? Seems like this would be a worthwhile upgrade (my current one doesn't have ant HDMI inputs, so I use optical to get around things).

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Why would you want smaller knobs? Large face = large knobs on face so it doesn't look funny. Small knobs means you have a bunch of empty space on that face. A half inch diameter knob will stick out just as far as a 3 inch diameter knob.

And cabinet space shouldn't be an issue, you shouldn't be putting a device that hot into a tightly enclosed space.

I look at my TV, I barely notice the knobs.

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In for 1. I'd been waiting to see if the 1021k popped up for sale again at 299 (or a bit less) but this looks like it will do everything I need since I have an Apple TV to cover me for any of the AirPlay and network stuff that the 1021 has over this. I guess I'll miss having the slick ipad/iphone app to run the receiver that the 2 higher models have but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be using them for everyday us anyway. Good deal all around.

@trojan372 - You'll be fine using just 5.1 and whatever speakers you have will be fine. Don't worry about the banana plugs either. You can use them (and they're nice to have) but you can unscrew these and use them as normal "bare wire" binding posts as well. They're just better than the spring connectors that you're used to.

BTW if you want a deep look at pretty much any function on this receiver (I did as I had a few questions) Crutchfield used to carry it and has what can only be described as exhaustive info on it. Here: http://bit.ly/xRn5n9

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@jastereo: Thanks a ton! I'll look at this and my existing receiver tonight, just seems like a good, cheap way to get HDMI switching

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A 2nd question...do most of these still pass the audio through HDMI? I have a gaming headset that takes in Optical audio, and the easiest way to set that up is to just use the optical out on my TV...

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@wootbretz: I dont see why it needs a big face or big knobs. Sony receivers are only 2" tall and manage to do everything that a Pioneer does.

Not to mention who wants equipment so large it requires a "cabnet" anyway. Todays current flatscreen TV stands have nice slim areas at the bottom for modern AV equipment. I cant imagine having a nice sleek setup with a Tivo, PS3, Apple TV, all looking badass and then this giant monstrosity of a Pioneer box just plopped right in the middle like Jabba the hut bogarting all the space.