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The Pioneer VSX-818V-K is a 5.1 a/v receiver retailing for $349.

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auto-detects which inputs are being used and adjusts automatically

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audio quality is clean and crisp, no distortion

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capable of enough power output to fill any room in the home or a backyard

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setup is made easy through well-labelled plugs and a simple wizard system

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instructions on pairing Component inputs to the internal labelling are vague, take some finguring out

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remote is very complex, has a large number of functions and subfunctions, takes a long time to figure out

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on-screen navigation of an iPod is more awkward than it needs to be, takes some getting used to

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The Pioneer VSX-818V-K is a 5.1 a/v receiver retailing for $349. It features 2 x HDMI (pass-through) inputs and one HDMI output. It is one of three receivers released in April 2008 along with the step-down VSX-818 (drops HDMI PCM audio processing) for $349 and the VSX-518 that drops HDMI altogether support for $199. It features 120 Watts / channel of output power and a second zone of stereo audio. The new Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K released in June 2008 adds video upscaling and high-definition audio decoding along with 7.1 channels of surround sound.

  • 5.1 a/v receiver
  • 120 Watts / channel
  • HDMI: 2 x inputs, 1 x output.
  • Linear PCM processing of audio over HDMI
  • 3 x component video (assignable)
  • 2 x digital optical S/PDIF, 1 x digital coaxial
  • 2nd zone of stereo audio
  • 5-way binding post speaker terminals for 5 surround channels (2 spring loaded terminal for 2nd zone)
  • MCACC auto-calibration
  • release date: April 2008
  • price: $349
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