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Pioneer VSX-1021

Pioneer VSX-1021
alaScore 87

325 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 325 reviews of Pioneer VSX-1021. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Pioneer VSX-1021 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 325 reviews)

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Pioneer VSX-1021


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Pioneer VSX-1021 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Pioneer Vsx 1021 K Av Receiver Black

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Pioneer VSX-1021


alaTest has collected and analyzed 211 user reviews of Pioneer VSX-1021 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on

68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pioneer VSX-1021-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver, Glossy Black (Old Version)Pioneer VSX-1021-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver, Glossy BlackPioneer AS-WL300 WiFi Adapter for 2011 Networked AV Receivers - VSX-1021

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: CNET (

Pioneer VSX-1021-K


Pioneer's VSX-1012-K is an excellent AV receiver with built-in AirPlay and top-notch sound quality, but Denon's AVR-1912 is just a little better.

The Pioneer VSX-1021-K 's feature set is one of the best, with built-in AirPlay, five HDMI inputs, and DLNA compatibility. It can be networked via its Ethernet port or an optional Wi-Fi dongle, as well as controlled by Pioneer's iControlAV2 app for...

Pioneer only offers a one-year warranty, while competitors offer two. Many competitors also have one more HDMI port in a handy front-panel location. The VSX-1021-K has little built-in support for streaming music services compared with other models, so...

Apr, 2014


Expert review by: Caleb Denison (

Pioneer VSX-1021-K


When we visited with Pioneer at the CEDIA 2011 expo, our primary goal was to learn more about its new partnership with Sharp, its recent decision to license out the Elite brand name and have a look at the new Elite displays. But, as beautiful as the...

Very good sound quality ; Bluetooth Capable ; iOS device cable included ; Handy auto-calibration features

Expensive wireless adapter ; Limited internet music access ; One-year warranty

Pioneer’s VSX-1021-K shows that Pioneer is on top of its game by incorporating unique and innovative features, a user-friendly interface and excellent sound quality in a mid-level receiver that stands as a paradigm for the notion of value.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity (

Pioneer VSX-1021K 7.1 A/V Receiver


The Pioneer VSX-1021 has a lot to offer at its price. Plenty of inputs, including an iPod with video input on the front panel, Pioneer's room correction system (MCACC), and a sweet custom iOS app to control everything. Using iControlAV2 was a lot of...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Rob Capps (

Ups Apple’s Ante With AirPlay-Ready Receiver


This network-savvy stereo plays nice with Apple gadgets and doesn't require an IT administrator or a bottle of Advil to get the ball rolling.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Tom Andry (

Pioneer VSX-1021-K Receiver First Look Preview


The Pioneer VSX-1021 is a 7.1 channel receiver boasting 90 watts per channel, supports all the latest HD audio decoding, sports HDMI 1.4a connections, and has high quality 192kHz/24-bit DACs.

The Pioneer VSX-1021 is definitely full featured for its price point. Like other recent Pioneer offerings, the VSX-1021 is pushing hard to connect to your hand held and portable devices. At the same time they are providing the buzzword features that...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Andrew Tarantola (

Pioneer VSX-1021 Receiver: Get Your Airplay On For $US550


Does the ability to stream media wirelessly from multiple sources through my home stereo offset the Pioneer VSX-1021′s lacklustre design and con...

Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: agthorn (

"Not happy ... can't see my Optomo monitor"


Even if I get a technique to get my Optomo monitor to work on Monday, I do not know if I will be keeping this unit based on all the other factors discovered, read about, etc. I am just not that big of an Apple enthusist to ignore what is really...

Airplay was attractive, but I am not as much a Apple freak as the next guy having moved on from iphone to droid but still carrying both! ;-) I loved it's 5-1 HDMI port and 7.1 speaker support. Price was good.

Did not support my Optomo projector! Can't use it!

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: nsj747 (

"Excellent product, great sounds, easy setup and AirPlay"


Upgraded to the Pioneer receiver last Christmas, using it for the last 4 months and am very happy with the purchase. Was easy to setup and make all the connections, ARC pass thru took a little longer but it's awesome, especially watching Hulu or...

Sound quality

No built in wifi

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: The8x10 (

"Ease of Setup AMAZING! Full of features"


For frame of reference, this is my first AV receiver upgrade in over 10 years, so I may gush about features that are commonplace now. Also I have never used more than 5.1 until now, but moved to 7.1 at the same time as this purchase.

System sets itself up.

I have only owned this for less than 24 hours. Also have small home theater setup. Haven't had time to find the one or two design flaws that make you shake your head and ***? yet but I am sure they are there.

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: nhiawally (

"The 1021 is awesome"


Get one, you will not be disappointed.

Easy set up, great features, and awesome sound.

None I haven't found anything wrong.

Feb, 2012

Product Specifications

3D: Yes


AirPlay: Yes
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DLNA certified: Yes


Ethernet: Yes
iPod Control:Direct Control
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
YUV Interface: Yes

General Features

3D: Yes
Loudspeakers: No


Dolby / DTS:Dolby True HD / DTS HD