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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Pioneer VSX-520-K

Pioneer VSX-520-K back panel

Pioneer VSX-820-K

Pioneer VSX-820-K back panel

Pioneer VSX-920-K

Pioneer VSX-920-K back panel

Pioneer VSX-1020-K

Pioneer VSX-1020-K back panel

Pioneer's new "iControl" iPhone app

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Pioneer VSX-1120-K

Pioneer VSX-1120-K back panel

Last year, Pioneer's VSX-1019AH-K was our top midrange AV receiver pick, offering more features for the same price as its competitors, and still serving up solid sound quality. Pioneer has announced its new 2010 lineup for AV receivers and our first impression is that the company looks like it has a good shot at maintaining its edge in the "features war." Here's a quick rundown of the announced models.

Key features of the Pioneer VSX-520-K:

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Key step-up features of the Pioneer VSX-820-K:

  • 4 HDMI 1.4 inputs
  • iPhone/iPod compatibility via USB, using included cable
  • Basic onscreen display (text-only)
  • Automatic speaker calibration
  • Sirius-ready
  • $300 | Available in April
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Key step-up features of the Pioneer VSX-920-K:

  • 7.1 AV receiver, 110 watts per channel
  • Analog video upconversion
  • Full color graphical user interface
  • Anchor Bay video processing (ABT1015)
  • Two channel PQLS
  • $400 | Available in April
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Key step-up features of the Pioneer VSX-1020-K:

  • 6 HDMI 1.4 inputs
  • Controllable with Pioneer's new iControl iPhone app
  • Onscreen album art for iPhone/iPod
  • Powered second zone functionality
  • Internet radio, using Ethernet port
  • Improved automatic speaker calibration (Advanced MCACC)
  • $550 | Available in April
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New for 2010, the VSX-1020-K has the ability to be controlled using Pioneer's "iControl" iPhone app.
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We weren't overly impressed by the initial descriptions of the iPhone app we've heard; much of the functionality is based on tilting the remote to make adjustments, which sounds a little gimmicky.
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Key step-up features of the Pioneer VSX-1120-K:

  • Marvell Qdeo video processing
  • PC control
  • Multichannel PQLS
  • RS-232 port
  • $750 | Available in April

Return to the full blog about Pioneer's new 2010 AV receivers.

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