Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K Photo Gallery

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Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K Home Theater Receiver - Front View With Accesssories

Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View With Accesssories
Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View With Accesssories. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver provides practical features and good audio performance in an affordable package. Some of the features include on-board Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio processing, Four HDMI inputs inputs, analog to HDMI video conversion, and up to 1080p video upscaling. Extra bonuses include iPod connectivity via a convenient front mounted USB port (no optional docking station needed), Sirius Satellite radio compatibility, and Pioneer's PQLS (Precision Quartz Locking System) for anti-jitter CD playback with compatible Pioneer Blu-ray Disc players.

For a closer look at the features and functions of the VSX-1019AH, proceed with the following photo gallery.

In addition, after checking out the photo gallery, also read both my Short and Full Reviews, as well as my supplementary Video Performance Tests.

To start off this photo look at the Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K, here is a photo of the receiver and the accessories that come inside the box.

Starting along the back from left to right, there is a Wireless Remote Control (and Batteries), AM antenna and folding stand, and AC Cord. Moving forward, starting at the left, is an iPod connection cable, front panel AV input cover, FM antenna, and microphone to use with the MCACC feature, ). Resting underneath is Warranty, Product Registration Information, and User Manual.

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Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View

Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View
Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is complete view of the front of the Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K.

Located on the top left is the Power/Standby Button. In the center is the LED Status Display.

The Main Input Selector is on the bottom left and the Master Volume Control is on the bottom right. Just to the right of the master volume control are the front AV inputs.

For a more detailed look and explanation of the rest of the controls and inputs located on the front panel, proceed to the next photo in this gallery.

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Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front Controls

Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front Controls
Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front Controls. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is a close-up photo of the front control panel of the VSX-1019AH-K.

Starting with the top portion of the photo is the LED display panel. This panel shows the status of all the receiver functions.

Just below the LED panel is a row of buttons and status lights for Tuning Band Tune 1 and +, Phase cotnrol, MCACC, HDMI input status, and tuner presents.

The Preset - and Preset + are the buttons you use to select preset radio stations.

Moving down, the next row is occupied by additional functions: Auto Surround/ALC/Stream Direct, Stereo, Advanced Surround, Standard Surround, Speakers, Multi-Zone Control and Multi-Zone On/Off.

The Auto Surround/ALC/Stream Direct switches between the audio enhancement functions (such as surround sound processing), Auto Level Control (dynamic range-type adjustment) and the Stream Direct bypass function with allows the audio signals to go through the receiver unaffected by extra enhancement.

The Stereo button switches between standard two-channel stereo and front stage surround. Front stage surround produces a surround sound effect using just the front speakers and subwoofer. This is an option if you do not have separate surround speakers.

The Advanced Surround button provides access to extra surround sound processing, Sci-Fi, TV, Sports, Classical, etc...

The Standard Surround button provides access to Dolby Digital and DTS-related surround sound functions.

The Speakers button switches between Speakers A or Speakers B - if you are using that type of setup.

The Multi-zone buttons turn this function on or off and provides control of the 2nd Zone system.

Finally, on the bottom left of the front panel is the Headphone Output and on the bottom right are the front panel Audio Video inputs, which include a USB port for iPod, iPhone, and Flash Drives, Composite Video and Stereo Audio inputs, and finally the MCACC setup microphone input (the microphone is provided).

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Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear View

Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear View
Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear View. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is an overall view of the rear connection panel of the VSX-1019AH-K.

Moving across the very top of the rear panel are the four HDMI inputs and one output, followed by the two 2 Digital Coaxial and 2 Digital Optical audio inputs, and finally, the Sirius antenna/tuner and AM/FM antenna connections.

Moving across the top third of the middle section of the rear panel, are the two sets of Component video inputs and output, a series of analog audio and Composite video inputs and outputs, the 5.1 channel analog audio inputs, and a preamp output for a powered subwoofer.

Filling the bottom section of the rear panel are the wired remote connections (for custom insallation or centralized remote control system use) and the loudspeakers connections.

For a closer look at the loudspeaker connections, proceed to the next photo..

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Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Speaker Connections

Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Speaker Connections
Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Speaker Connections. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is an extreme close-up of the Speaker connections provided on the Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K Home Theater Receiver.

The speaker connections can accommodate several types of setups.

Here are the speaker setups that can be used:

1. If you want to use a full 7.1 Channel setup, you can use the Front, Center, Surround, and Surround Back connections.

2. If you want to have the VSX-1019AH-K power a 2nd zone system, you can use the Front, Center, and Surround connections to power a 5.1 channel system in your main room and use the surround back speaker connections to power a Second Zone two-channel speaker system. NOTE: If you want to run both a 7.1 channel system in your main you, you can still have a Zone 2 system, but you would then need to use the Zone 2 Preamp outputs on the VSX-1019AH-K in combination with a separate amplifier for the Zone 2. For details on the concept and application of the Multi-zone operation for home theater receivers, refer to my article: Home Theater Receivers and the Multi-Zone Function.

3. If you want to Bi-Amp your front main speakers (some speakers have separate terminals for the tweeter/midrange and woofer sections). You can use the Main and Surround Back speaker terminals to accomplish this.

In addition to the physical speaker connections, you will also need to use the menu setup options of the receiver to send the correct signal information to the speaker terminals, based on what speaker configuration option you are utilizing.

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Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View Inside

Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View Inside
Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View Inside. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is a photo of the inside of the VSX-1019AH-K as seen from the front. As you can see, the inside of this receiver is packed well, with the audio and video processing boards layered along the left and center of the interior. The left rear corner of the interior (from this viewpoint) is occupied by the power supply and associated circuitry.

Also, from this viewpoint you can also see the heat sinks arranged across the front portion of the interior. Also, in front of the heats sinks is a fan. Since the VSX-1019AH-K employs both heat sinks and a fan, it does run warm after long periods of operation, so the fan is a good addition.

However, you should be aware that home theater receivers do need adequate ventilation. Do not place a home theater receiver in tight spaces, several inches on each side and an open rear should be provided to keep the receiver running a stable temperature.

Another thing to point out is the large board behind the heatsink is the main processing board, which includes the video upscaling chip. Check out a close-up photo of the ABT-1015 video processing chip. For more information on this chip, check out the official ABT-1015 Product Page.

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Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - Fan/Heatsink Assembly Behind Front Panel

Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - Fan/Heatsink Assembly Behind Front Panel
Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - Fan/Heatsink Assembly Behind Front Panel. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is an extreme close-up photo of the heat sink/fan assembly.

As mentioned in the previous photo, since the VSX-1019AH-K employs both heat sinks and a fan, it does run warm even after long periods of operation, so the fan is a good addition.

However, you should be aware that home theater receivers do need adequate ventilation. Do not place a home theater receiver in tight spaces, several inches on each side and an open rear should be provided to keep the receiver running a stable temperature.

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Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Remote Control

Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Remote Control
Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Remote Control. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up photo of the remote control provided for the VSX-1019AH-K. As you can see it has a long and relatively thin design. The remote incorporates a lot of functions, with some buttons doing double duty, but the layout is fairly typical.

The top section of the remote features the input select buttons. The next section, which is numbered, primarily provides direct chapter access for Blu-ray Discs and DVDs, but they also provide access to other functions, depending whether you want to control the receiver or source players. Moving down, you will see several buttons within a white-rectangular border. These controls are for a television.

Continuing down the remote are the menu navigation controls and buttons.

Finally, the bottom portion of the remote features the DVD and Blu-ray Disc transport buttons, some of which also perform additional functions.

Although this remote is very comprehensive, I did find that it was difficult to use in the dark, as it has very small buttons. If you haven't memorized the location and function of each button, it is hard to work just by feel. Also, you might need reading glasses to be able to read the buttons. The other downside is that the remote is not backlit, which makes more difficult to use in a darkened room.

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Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - Home Menu

Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - Home Menu
Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - Home Menu. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is photo of the Home Menu of Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K.

1. Advanced MCACC takes you to the speaker setup sub-menu for the VSX-1019AH-K. You have the option of having the VSX-1019AH-K performing all speaker setup functions automatically, or you can go through a step-by-step procedure for doing it manually.

2. MCACC Data Check takes you to series sub-menus where you can see all the speaker setup adjustments that were made automatically or made manually.

3. Data Management is very practical. Here you can store up to six complete speaker setting profiles. This is handy of you change speakers out or prefer to make adjustments according to what type of source material you are listening to.

4. System Setup allows you additional settings, such as OSD language, input naming, and additional items.

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Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - iPod Menu

Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - Multi-Channel Audio Inputs - iPod Menu
Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - Multi-Channel Audio Inputs - iPod Menu. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the iPod control menu.

When connect your iPod to the front USB port of the VSX-1019AH-K, you will be able access all of the functions of the iPod, using the receiver's remote control, as shown in this photo.

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Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - iPod Music File

Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - Multi-Channel Audio Inputs - iPod Music File
Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - Multi-Channel Audio Inputs - iPod Music File. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is look at how iPod music files are displayed using the VSX-1019AH-K's onscreen display.

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Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - USB Music Files

Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - Multi-Channel Audio Inputs - USB Music Files
Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K - Multi-Channel Audio Inputs - USB Music Files. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look how information is displayed for music files stored on flash drives that are connected to the VSX-1019AH-K's USB port.

Final Take

Home Theater receivers have definitely evolved, with even mid-priced units incorporating features and performance, in some cases, that did not even exist as recently as a couple of years ago.

Having had a chance to get a hands-on with the receiver, I can say that it performs its primary role very well, providing a satisfying listening experience from both movie and music source material. Audio decoding and surround sound processing were top-notch, as was 2-channel stereo playback.

The VSX-1019AH-K offers convenient and abundant features. One of my favorite features is the front mounted USB port for connecting an iPod without have to use an additional docking station. In addition, the MCACC automatic speaker setup system provides fairly accurate results.

The VSX-1019AH-K is also one of the least expensive receivers to offer 1080p upscaling. However, I found this aspect of this receiver's performance to be disappointing. For full details on this, check out my suppplementary Video Performance Test Gallery.

For additional perspective on the Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K, also check out my Short and Full Reviews.

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