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The Pioneer VSX-821-K is an iPad compatible home entertainment receiver that will be released with three other models for 2011.

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well-written manual explains all of the functions involved

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good integration with the iPhone, gives you full access to the functions and charges it

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HDMI connection works right away, very plug-and-play

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audio setup is easy enough for new users, doesn't take much time

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USB port is in the front at the center - couldn't be more awkward with organizing wires

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front cover over the USB port is a little flimsy, feels like it's going to come right off

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doesn't upconvert anything, just sends signals through as-is

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on-screen menus are a little blocky and ugly looking

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The Pioneer VSX-821-K is an iPad compatible home entertainment receiver that will be released with three other models for 2011. Included USB cable means no special docks are required to connect your Apple device and it will charge as well so you can keep it connected to download and watch videos, movies, photos and web content like Youtube, and, stream songs from iTunes of course. This unit features 5.1 channel audio like the entry level VSX-512-K, and has the same amplifier as that model and the 7.1 channel VSX-921-K with 110 watts per channel power handling. For slightly better power handling, Apple AirPlay compatibility and Ethernet, the top of the line VSX-1021-K is the way to go, although all may be used in conjunction with an optional Bluetooth adapter for streaming directly from a portable device. On screen display helps for navigation of the menu and it's functions when connected to a TV, and remote control is included. MCACC is Pioneer's own proprietary technology which, when a microphone is connected to the front jack, will automatically calibrate audio settings by determining location and size of your speakers in relation to the listening position. 4 HDMI inputs and 5 Composite AV inputs are on the back so you can have multiple sources routed through it, and 2 Analog and 3 Digital audio inputs allow for various stereo components to be connected as well.

  • Power: 110 watts x 5
  • HDMI Inputs: 4
  • HDMI Outputs: 1
  • Composite AV Input: 4
  • Composite AV Output: 1
  • Analog Audio Inputs: 2
  • Analog Audio Outputs: 1
  • Digital Inputs: 3
  • PC audio: 192 kHz, 24-Bit WAV
  • Subwoofer output
  • USB cable for iPad/iPhone/iPod included
  • Sirius satellite ready
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