Released April, 2009
The Pros:Affordable price point. Pre-outs for rear surround (upgrade to 7.1 with additional amplification). Connects directly to iPod, offers full control through on-screen menus.
The Cons:On-screen menus are very low resolution, ugly and slow to respond. No HD upscaling / upconverting. No input naming.
The Pioneer VSX-819H is a high-end A/V receiver that is one step up from the bottom model in Pioneer's newly announced A/V receiver line. The VSX-819H is the successor to the popular Pioneer VSX-818V-K released in June 2008, and will likely feature similar features and specifications including upconversion of analog video to 1080p and decoding of Dolby TrueHD and dts HD MA.
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Pioneer announced their most recent A/V receiver line (VSX-1019AH, VSX-919AH, VSX-819H, VSX-519V) at the 2009 CES event in Las Vegas. The VSX 819H's biggest new feature will include an iPod digital USB connection that will play the audio devices media files digitally (including DRM protected content) which has not been seen in any A/V unit released before. The Pioneer VSX-819H is set for an April, 2009 release date with an estimated MSRP of $300.
Pioneer's new line of A/V receivers is specifically designed to read the content directly off the iPod units and decode the audio using integrated digital-to-analog converters; meaning no more grainy analog sound like most music listeners are so used to. The VSX-819H will also include additional features such as 3 HDMI ports (2 in/ 1 out), 3 Digital Inputs (1 coax/ 2 optical), full color jacket graphics output support for the iPod media content, a glowing remote control, and 5.1 channel analog audio. When compared to the top-of-the-line series model VSX-1019AH, the VSX-819H features one less HDMI input, one less digital audio input, and, most notably, no integrated Faroudja 1080p upscaling video chipset.
- 5.1 channel a/v reciever
- Power: 110 Watts x 5
- Decodes of high-definition audio (Dolby TrueHD, dts HD MA)
- iPod digital USB connection support; with analog to digital audio upconversion
- Deep Color
- X.V. Color
- Lip Sync
- Phase Control
- Dolby True-HD / DTS-HD Master Audio
- Auto Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration (MCACC)
- Front mini portable input
- Sirius Satellite Radio with on-screen display
- Component video inputs (2 in/ 1 out)
- Audio Inputs with tuner (4 in/ 1 out)
- Audio/Video inputs (3 in/ 1 out)
- 3 HDMI ports (3 in/1 out)
- 3 Digital Inputs (1 coax/ 2 optical)
- 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 / $300
User Reviews (10)
pre-outs for rear surround (upgrade to 7.1 with additional amplification)
connects directly to iPod, offers full control through on-screen menus
automatic speaker calibration (MCACC)
great value for the price - priced $100 less than comparable receivers from other manufacturers
handles HDMI switching completely, no settings that need to be attended to every time
audio output is extremely clear and crisp, details stand out
wide variety of audio connection types available
manual is fairly complete and very helpful during setup
on-screen menus are very low resolution, ugly and slow to respond
no HD upscaling / upconverting
connectors are fairly close together, not ideal for bare-wire speaker connections
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