Connectivity is mostly solid on the Pioneer VSX-1018AH. Three HDMI inputs may be enough for most home theaters, but it's worth noting that competing receivers, such as the Sony STR-DG920 and the Onkyo TX-SR606 both offer four HDMI inputs. We're disappointed to see the VSX-1018AH doesn't offer any S-Video ports, which are still available on the Denon AVR-1909 and Onkyo TX-SR606.
To initiate the Pioneer VSX-1018AH's autosetup, simply plug in the supplied microphone and follow the instructions from the onscreen prompts. The system automatically determines speaker sizes, speaker-to-listener distances (including the subwoofer), sets the volume levels of all of the speakers and the sub, and calculates the subwoofer crossover point.
While the outside looks nice, the VSX-1018AH's onscreen interface doesn't. The competing STR-DG920 includes a basic graphical user interface, but the VSX-1018AH is limited to just white text on a black background.
The VSX-1018AH also has a USB port for listening to digital music on an iPod or USB drive. What makes this feature even more useful is that you can browse your iPod's music collection using the onscreen display.