The Pioneer VSX-1021K 7.1 Channel A/V Receiver is a high-powered 7.1 channel receiver that combines exceptional audio and video processing with network-ready capability to integrate seamlessly into your setup. It offers five (5) assignable HDMI inputs that carry 3D content, Audio Return Channel and Deep Color as well as xv Color.
The VSX-1021-K is also AirPlay compatible, so you can stream music from your iTunes to the receiver. You can easily connect your Apple device through the USB port and even control it with your Apple device by downloading a free "Remote" app. Enjoy thousands of internet radio stations from around the world with vTuner. This receiver is also DLNA 1.5 certified for wireless file sharing, and it is Sirius Satellite Radio and Blutooth ready.
On the audio side, it decodes several Dolby and DTS audio formats including lossless Dolby TrueHD and Master Audio to allow high quality Blu-ray playback. With Dolby Pro Logic IIz, a "front height" channel is available for a wider, more realistic soundstage.
The VSX-1021-K offers up to 192 kHz/24-bit LPCM and even FLAC file compatibility. With the interactive AV Navigator, the setup process is achieved using your iPad or networked PC for convenient integration. This receiver also offers advanced video processing with video conversion from composite and component video to HDMI for a single-wire HD audio and video experience as well as up to 1080p upscaling from virtually any source.
The VSX-1021-K also has a full color user interface on your TV. Easily navigate through the menu and enjoy iTunes album art from your connected Apple device. The high-gloss black finish provides a touch of sophistication to your home theater space, while it certainly delivers network-ready features and audiophile quality A/V processing and power for your system.
5x HDMI Inputs With 3D and ARC
The VSX-1021-K offers five (5) HDMI inputs with fully support for 3D video content (Blu-ray, broadcast and gaming). It can send 1080p signals to your HD display for exceptional image quality for your entertainment sources. The high bandwidth processor ensures compatibility with Blu-ray audio and video so you can experience faithful reproduction of all this high resolution format has to offer. Through a single cable, HDMI supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video.
7.1-Channel and Digital Audio Decoding
It uses specific Dolby Digital and DTS codecs to reproduce an enveloping 7.1-channel surround sound experience. The unit decodes Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS-ES, and DTS Neo:6. It also decodes the following HD audio formats: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, and DTS-HD High-Resolution Audio.
DTS-HD Master Audio and High-Resolution Audio
This receiver is compatible with Blu-ray HD audio, so it offers both DTS-HD Master Audio and High-Resolution technologies. DTS-HD Master Audio supports bitrates up to 24.5 Mbps, 7.1 discrete channels of 96KHz/24-bit audio, and is ideal for HDMI Version 1.3a cables. DTS-HD High-Resolution Audio also offers 7.1 discrete channels of 96KHz/24-bit audio, but only supports bitrates up to 6Mbps.
Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Dolby Pro Logic IIz offers additional "front height" channels to fully immerse you in your movies, music and games. This helps to create a more spacious surround sound for a compelling experience, and also provides a wide range of choices for speaker positioning to optimize sound in almost any room. It works with existing soundtracks by identifying and decoding spatial cues that occur naturally in a soundtrack.
Since this receiver is compatible with AirPlay, you can stream music from your iTunes to the VSX-1021-K and play it through your home theater system. Connect the receiver to your home network via Ethernet or Pioneer's optional wireless adapter (AS-WL300) for playback from your connected Apple device or networked computer. It also allows you to view metadata including song title, artist and album art on a connected display. By downloading Apple's free "Remote" application, you can use your Apple device as a versatile remote control.
Apple Device Connectivity
A front-panel USB 2.0 port lets you connect and even charge your iPad, iPod or iPhone. The included USB/video cable lets you instantly access music, videos, streaming content, and photos stored on your Apple devices and supports iTunes album art. When you receive an incoming call on your iPhone, your music and movies will automatically mute. In addition to direct navigation on your device you'll find a button on the VSX-921's front panel to switch control to the included preset remote and an intuitive on-screen menu.
PC Music Files and Internet Radio
The rear panel Ethernet port allows you to connect to your home network and unleash the networking power of the VSX-1021-K. It is DLNA 1.5 certified so you can stream MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV or FLAC music files from your PC, laptop or smartphone to your home theater system. With support for Internet Radio vTuner, you can take advantage of thousands of worldwide internet radio stations. It's controlled by Pioneer's iControlAv2 app and makes it easy to listen directly on your receiver without the need for an antenna.
Pioneer's exclusive Air Jam application can be downloaded for free onto your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. With the optional Bluetooth adapter (AS-BT200) you can pair up to four Apple devices via Bluetooth to share music and create playlists. Through wireless connectivity you can choose songs from your device to add to a group playlist to play back on your VSX-1021-K. View the playlist on each device, and by selecting a song you can easily purchase it from iTunes or watch the video on YouTube.
Advanced Sound Retriever Technology
Advanced Sound Retriever technology improves the overall sound quality of compressed audio formats such as MP3, WMA, and AAC formats. It employs digital sound processing technology that helps bring CD quality sound back to compressed 2-channel audio by restoring sound pressure and smoothing jagged artifacts that occur after compression.
Anchor Bay 1080p Video Upscaling
Anchor Bay video processing allows this receiver to convert analog video sources to HDMI through a single cable. With lower resolution video, you can upscale your picture to digital 1080p to match the resolution of your HD display. This ensures you'll enjoy stunningly clear video from virtually any source.
This receiver allows for Bluetooth wireless connectivity with your iPhone, Blackberry or Android smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled sources like your laptop. The optional Pioneer Bluetooth adapter (AS-BT200) lets you hear audio from these other devices wirelessly. CD-quality playback is ensured with Sound Retriever AIR technology, which was created specifically to enhance Bluetooth audio.
Sirius Satellite Radio Ready
It is capable of receiving Sirius Satellite digital radio, which provides 100% commercial-free 5.1-channel surround sound music of over 120 digital channels. To listen to Sirius radio programming, you would need an optional docking adapter/tuner and activation of optional Sirius service.
Optional Wireless Adapter
Enjoy up to 192kHz/24-bit LPCM and FLAC file compatibility, for network streaming audio playback. An optional wireless adapter (AS-WL300) is available for wireless network convenience. A front USB port lets you connect your portable media player to display a slideshow of JPEG photos on your HDTV or play music files with album art support.
Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC)
For enhanced room acoustics, Pioneer's Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) is included with this receiver. This technology detects speakers, and then sets levels, delays and crossovers, as well as measuring room acoustics. It is designed to work with home theater systems to create a larger, fuller listening area without distorting the sound.
AV Navigator Owner's Manual
With Pioneer's AV Navigator, it uses your iPad or networked PC to communicate directly with the VSX-1021-K to guide you through speaker setup, MCACC room calibration, sound optimization and firmware updates. This interactive owner's manual makes the setup process easy.
Additional Notable Features
Digital Core Engine with Texas Instruments Aureus DSP
96 kHz/24-Bit PC Audio playback (FLAC)
192 kHz/24-Bit PC Audio playback (WAV)
Pioneer Advanced MCACC Room Calibration
3D Time Axis Measurement
Automatic Crossover Detection
Reverb Before and After Calibration Results (OSD or AVNavigator)
HDMI (Assignable) x 5
Analog Audio (RCA L/R) x 6
Analog Audio (L/R) (Front) x 1
Component Video (Y, Pb, Pr) (Assignable) x 2
Composite Video Inputs (1 Front) x 5
Digital Optical Audio (Assignable) x 2
Digital Coaxial Audio (Assignable) x 2
FM Antenna (Coaxial 75 ohms) x 1
AM Antenna x 1
HDMI x 1
Analog Audio (RCA L/R) x 3
Component Video (Y, Pb, Pr) x 1
Composite Video Out x 3
Speaker Terminals (Binding Posts, Pos/Neg Pair) x 9 (FR/L, C, SR/L, SBR/L, FHR/L)
Front Height (R/L) Speaker Terminals x 2
Subwoofer (RCA) x 1
Headphone 1/4" Phone Plug x 1
LAN Terminal (for Internet Radio, PC and App Control) x 1
Bluetooth Adapter Port x 1
Sirius Satellite Port Input x 1
USB 2.0 Port (Front) x 1
MCACC Setup Mic Jack x 1
IR In/Out x 4
DC Output (for Wireless LAN) x 1