90-Watt x 7.1ch Amplifier: The Pioneer VSX-1021-K
Multi-Channel A/V receiver is equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 90
watts (into 8-ohms, at 20Hz-20kHz, with 0.08% THD, driving 2 channels) and a
dedicated subwoofer (LFE) preamp output.
Amplifier Assignment: The VSX-1021-K supports up to 7.1
channels (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, and SW) for
surround sound playback. The seven amplifier channels built into the receiver
are typically used for 7.1 channel surround in the main room, but there are
various amplifier configurations to accommodate your home theater setup:
- Normal: The VSX-1021-K is designed to be used as a
7.1ch surround sound receiver with front left/right, center-channel,
surround left/right, and surround back left/right channels along with a
preamp subwoofer output.
- Bi-Amp: You can configure the amplifier for front
bi-amp operation to achieve a higher-quality 2-channel sound by connecting
the receiver's front and surround back channels to your main front speakers
(if compatible). Receiver will be limited to 5.1ch surround.
- Front B: A second set of front speakers can be powered
by the surround back/front height amplifier. Receiver will be limited to 5.1ch surround.
- Front Height: To enjoy Dolby Pro Logic IIz you can
reassign the power amp from the two surround back channels to the two front
height channels for better front height effects.
- Front Wide: To enjoy Wide Surround you can
reassign the power amp from the two surround back/front height channels to the two front
wide channels for better front wide effects.
- Zone2: The surround back channel amplifier can also be
assigned to power stereo speakers in Zone2. Receiver will be limited to
Note: It is not possible to produce sound simultaneously from the
front height/front wide speakers and the surround back/Zone 2 speakers.
192kHz/24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter: This receiver is
equipped with 192kHz/24-bit DACs to decode and playback high-resolution
recordings with clearer sound.
Texas Instruments Aureus DSP Engine: The Pioneer VSX-1021-K is equipped
with a Texas Instruments (TI) Aureus Digital Signal Processor (DSP) Engine for
better surround sound reproduction.
Listening Modes: The Pioneer VSX-1021-K offers a variety of listening modes to
accommodate playback of various audio formats.
is output by the front left and right speakers and subwoofer.|
unit equalizes playback of sound levels when your music tracks are
recorded at different volume levels. |
additional effects (tone control, etc.) are added to the stereo
|Dolby Pro Logic|
Dolby Pro Logic||Dolby Pro Logicis a matrix
decoding technology developed by Dolby Laboratories. Dolby
Pro Logic processes any high-quality stereo (two-channel) movie and
music audio into four playback channels of surround sound - Front
Left, Front Right, Center, Mono-Surrounds.|
|Dolby Pro Logic II ||Dolby
Pro Logic II transforms high-quality stereo sound into 5.1-channel
surround sound. Thanks to its full-range performance, you will hear
all the detail and subtleties of a compelling five-channel Dolby
surround sound mix from a stereo signal. You can choose between
three DPL II modes - Movie, Music, or Game.|
|Dolby Pro Logic IIx ||Dolby
Pro Logic IIx transforms high-quality stereo and 5.1ch sound into
6.1- or 7.1-cchannel surround sound. With Dolby Pro Logic IIx you
experience engaging, natural surround sound. Special effects are
more realistic than you ever thought possible. Your movies and
television programming sound richer, with more depth. You can choose
between three DPL IIx modes - Movie, Music, or Game.|
Dolby Pro Logic IIz||
Providing a dramatic listening alternative for 7.1 systems, Dolby
Pro Logic IIz brings the added dimension of height to create an
immersive 7.1-channel surround sound experience from any stereo,
5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 movie, music, TV, or game audio source. Dolby Pro
Logic IIz identifies and processes ambient sound energy and directs
this information to front height speakers in a 7.1-channel
Wide Surround Movie||Up to
7.1-channel sound (with front-wide speaker effects), especially
suite to movie sources. |
Wide Surround Music||Up to
7.1-channel sound (with front-wide speaker effects), especially
suite to movie sources. |
Digital has been selected as the default format for DVD video,
standard 2 channel audio playback and HDTV Digital broadcasting.
Dolby Digital features two independent surround channels giving same
full range as the three front channels. Plus it adds a Low Frequency
Effect channel LFE. Dolby Digital accomplishes this by using a
technique called compression. |
|Dolby Digital EX||Dolby Digital EX takes the Dolby Digital 5.1-channel
setup one step further with an additional center surround channel
(reproduced through one or two speakers) for extra dimensional
detail and an enveloping surround sound effect.|
|Dolby Digital Plus||Dolby Digital Plus is based on core Dolby Digital
technologies. Dolby Digital Plus is an advanced
surround sound audio codec
designed specifically for evolving media. Dolby Digital Plus brings
cinematic sound to Blu-ray,
broadcast, online, game, and mobile phone entertainment (up to
|Dolby Digital TrueHD||Dolby
TrueHD produces audio that is identical to and every bit as
spectacular as the master recording. It lets you experience the full
potential of Blu-ray Disc (up to 7.1ch), and is even ready for
future HD delivery formats.|
(Digital Theater Systems) uses the same concept as Dolby Digital,
but implements a lower compression rate. This leads to more dynamic
range, improved channel separation, and more subtle nuances.|
|DTS-HD ||High Resolution Audio||DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is an improvedversion of the
conventional DTS, DTS-ES andDTS 96/24 signals formats,
compatible with sampling frequencies of 96 or 48 kHz and up
to 7.1 channels of
discrete digital sound. High databit rate performance
provides high quality sound.This format is fully
compatible with conventionalproducts, including
conventional DTS digital surround 5.1-channel data.|
|Master Audio||DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless audio format
created by Digital Theater System (DTS). This format provides the
facility to support up to 8 audio channels with a sampling frequency
of 96kHz/24bit resolution and up to 6 audio channels with a sampling
frequency of 192kHz/24bit resolution. It is fully compatible with
conventional products, including conventional DTS digital surround
|DTS 96/24||DTS 96/24
offers a higher quality level of multi-channel audio (up to 5.1
channels) for standard DVDs. The "96" refers to a 96kHz sampling
rate (compared to the typical 48kHz sampling rate.) The "24" refers
to 24-bit depth, compared to 16-bit depth used for CD sound, which
means there is more audio information present.|
uses a system called DTS Express to deliver Secondary or Sub Audio
to your player. The DTS Express audio is mixed with the Primary
Audio, giving you an intensely great interactive surround
delivers 6.1 channels of discrete or matrixed audio. Movies encoded
in DTS-ES will dramatically intensify the DTS surround effect with
the addition of a surround center-channel speaker. |
|DTS Neo: 6||DTS
Neo:6 takes 2-channel (stereo) audio and completely transforms it
into up to six full-bandwidth matrix channels of surround sound.
Your home theater system will produce six and five separate
channels, respectively, to match your speaker layout. DTS Neo:6 can
also generate a center surround channel from 5.1 material. You can
choose between two DTS NEO: 6 modes - Cinema or Music.|
Neural Surround||Up to
7.1-channel sound (using surround back speakers), especially suited
to music sources.|
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be
selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital
audio connection (HDMI, optical or coaxial).
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround
- Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in
the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements
you can adjust:
- Panorama: Broadens the front stereo image to the
surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective
when there is limited output from the surround channels, panorama can be
turned on/off in the menu.
- Dimension: Allows you to move the sound field
forward or backward.
- Center Width: Allows you to adjust the width of the
- Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image
feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the
center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less
dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel,
especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 7
(nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut
- Dolby Pro Logic IIz Settings: While listening in the Dolby Pro
Logic IIz format, you can adjust the following parameters:
- Height Gain: Adjust the volume (Low/Mid/High) of the
Front Height channels in Dolby Pro Logic IIz.
- V.Height: When you're not using front height speakers, selecting
this mode allows you to hear a virtual front height channel through your
- V.SB: When you're not using surround back speakers, selecting this
mode allows you to hear a virtual surround back channel through your
Advanced Surround: The Advanced Surround feature creates a variety of
surround effects for various soundtracks.
|Action||Designed for action movies with
|Drama||Designed for movies with lots of
|SCI-FI||Designed for science fiction with
lots of special effects.|
|Mono Film||Creates surround sound from mono
Entertainment Show||Suitable for musical sources.|
|TV Surround||Provides surround sound for both mono
and stereo TV sources. |
Game||Suitable for video games.|
|Sports||Suitable for sports programs.|
Focus||Provides a rich surround sound effect
directed to the center of where the front left and right speakers
sound projection area converges.|
Surround Wide||Provides a surround sound effect to a
wider area than Focus mode. |
|Classical||Gives a large convert hall-type sound|
|Rock/Pop||Creates a live concert sound for rock and/or pop
|Unplugged||Suitable for acoustic music sources.|
|Expanded||Creates an extra wide stereo field.|
|Ext. Stereo||Gives multichannel sound to a stereo source,
using all of your speakers. |
|Sound Retriever AIR||Suitable for listening to the sound from a
Bluetooth wireless device. |
|Phones Surround||When listening through headphones, you can still
get a virtual surround sound effect.|
Note: You can set the
effect level (10-90) for the currently selected Advanced Surround mode.
Stream Direct: Use the Stream Direct modes when you want to hear the
truest possible reproduction of a source. All unnecessary signal processing is
Stream Direct Modes
|Auto Surround||The receiver automatically detects what kind of
source you're playing and selects multichannel or stereo playback
as necessary. |
|Direct||Sources are heard according to the settings made
in the Manual Speaker Setup (speaker setting, channel level, speaker
distance), as well as with dual mono settings. You will hear sources
according to the number of channel in the signal. |
|Pure Direct||Analog and PCM sources are heard without and
digital processing. |
Advanced MCACC Setup: The Advanced
MCACC (Multi Channel Acoustic Calibration) system was developed in Pioneer's
laboratories with the aim of making it possible for home users to perform
adjustments of the same level as in a studio easily and with high precision. The
acoustic characteristics of the listening environment are measured and the
frequency response is calibrated accordingly to allow high precision, automatic
analysis and optimal calibration of the sound field to bring it closer to a
studio environment than ever before. Furthermore, while it was previously
difficult to eliminate standing waves, this receiver is equipped with a standing
wave control function using a unique process to perform acoustic analysis and
reduce their influence. You can choose to calibrate the soundfield automatically
or fine-tune the soundfield data manually.
- Auto MCACC Setup: The VSX-1021-K
features Pioneer's exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC),
providing a near studio-quality, multi-channel listening experience customized
specifically to your listening environment. The Auto Multi-Channel Acoustic
Calibration (MCACC) setup measures the acoustic characteristic of your listening
area, taking into account ambient noise, speaker size and distance, and
tests for both channel delay and channel level. The included microphone
measures every speaker's connection, and notes its size, distance from the
listening point, sound levels, and timbre to calibrate and maximize
performance specifically for your room. After you have setup the microphone
provided with the VSX-1021-K, the receiver uses the information from a
series of test tones to optimize the speaker settings and equalization for
your particular room.
- 3 Correction Curves: After a
single calibration is performed, each of the following three correction
curves can be stored separately in the MCACC memory. SYMMETRY
implements symmetric correction for each
pair of left and right speakers to flatten the frequency-amplitude
characteristics. ALL CH ADJ is a 'flat' setting where all the
speakers are set individually so no special weighting is given to any
one channel. FRONT ALIGN sets all speakers in accordance with the
front speaker settings (no equalization is applied to the front left and
- EQ Pro & S-Wave: In addition
to measurements at the listening position, you can use two more
reference points for which test tones will be analyzed for standing
waves. This is useful if you want to get a balanced 'flat' calibration
for several seating positions in your listening area. Place the
microphone at the reference point indicated on-screen and note that the
last microphone placement will be at your main listening position.
- Manual MCACC Setup: You can use the settings in the Manual MCACC setup menu to make detailed
adjustments, after the Auto MCACC Setup has completed.
- Fine Channel Level: You can
achieve better surround sound by properly adjusting the overall balance
of your speaker system. You can adjust the Channel Level of each speaker
in 0.5 dB increments (+/-12dB).
- Fine Speaker Distance: For
proper sound depth and separation with your system, it is necessary to
add a slight bit of delay to some speakers so that all sounds will
arrive at the listening position at the same time. You can adjust the
distance of each speaker in half inch increments, up to 25.5'.
- Standing Wave: Acoustic
standing waves occur when, under certain conditions, sound waves from
your speaker system resonate mutually with sound waves reflected off the
walls in your listening area. This can have a negative effect on the
overall sound, especially at certain lower frequencies. Depending on
speaker placement, your listening position, and ultimately the shape of
your room, it results in an overly resonant (boomy) sound. The Standing
Wave Control uses filters to reduce the effect of overly resonant sounds
in your listening area.
- EQ Adjust: Acoustic
Calibration Equalization is a kind of room equalizer for your speakers
(excluding the subwoofer). It works by measuring the acoustic
characteristics of your room and neutralizing the ambient
characteristics that can color the original source material (providing a
'flat' equalization setting).
- EQ Professional: This setup
minimizes the unwanted effects of room reverberation by allowing you to
calibrate your system based on the direct sound coming from the
speakers. Performing the Acoustic Calibration EQ Professional procedure
is effective when the lower frequencies seem overly reverberant in
your listening room.
PQLS: PQLS (Precision Quartz Lock
System) is a digital audio signal transfer control technology using the HDMI
Control function. It offers higher-quality audio playback by controlling
audio signals from the receiver to a PQLS compatible Pioneer Blu-ray player.
This enables removing jitter that has a negative effect on the quality of the
sound and is generated upon transmission.
Advanced Sound Retriever: Even compressed audio such as WMA, MP3, and
AAC is enhanced with another Pioneer exclusive, Advanced Sound Retriever, by
filling in areas where subtle details were left out during the compression
process. When audio data is removed during the compression process, sound
quality often suffers from an uneven sound image. The Sound Retriever feature
employs new DSP technology that helps bring CD quality sound back to compressed
2-channel audio by restoring sound pressure and smoothing jagged artifacts left
over after compression.
Phase Control: The A/V receiver's Phase Control feature uses phase
correction measurements to make sure your system's sound arrives at the
listening position in phase, preventing unwanted distortion and/or coloring of
the sound. Phase Control technology provides coherent sound reproduction through
the use of phase matching for an optimal sound image at your listening position.
Up Mix Function: In a traditional 7.1-channel surround system with
surround speakers placed directly at the sides of the listening position, the
surround sound of 5.1-channels sources is heard from the side. The Up Mix
function mixes the sound of the surround speakers with the surround back
speakers so that the surround sound is heard from diagonally to the rear as it
Dynamic Range Control: This function adjusts the level of dynamic
range for movie soundtracks optimized for Dolby Digital/DTS formats. This
feature is helpful when listening to Dolby Digital/DTS soundtracks at low volume
Audio Settings: The A/V receiver offers various audio
settings to fine tune the receiver for your listening pleasure.
- Tone Control: You can adjust the bass & treble from -6 to +6 db.
- Loudness: The Loudness function is used to get good bass and treble
from music sources at low volumes.
- Midnight Listening: The Midnight Listening mode allows you to hear
effective surround sound of movies at lower volumes.
- Dialogue Enhancement: Localizes
dialog in the center channel to make it stand out from other background
sounds in a TV or movie soundtrack. By moving from UP1 through UP2 and UP3
up to UP4, you can make the sound source seem to relocate upwards.
- DNR: This function may improve
the quality of sound in a noisy source (for example, video tape with lots of
background noise) when switched on. This only has an effect with 2-channel
LFE Attenuate: Dolby Digital and DTS audio sources can include
ultra-low bass tones. Set the LFE Attenuator as necessary to prevent the ultra
low bass tones from distorting the sound from the speakers. The LFE attenuator
can be set to 0, -5, -10, -15, or -20 dB.
Volume Setup: You can set
the maximum volume of this receiver or specify what the volume level will be
when the power is turned On. <
- Power On Volume: The
volume can be set so that it is always set to the same level when the
receiver's power is turned On. It can be set between -80 to +12dB, or Last.
- Volume Limit: Use this
function to limit the maximum volume. The volume cannot be increased above
the level set, without changing the menu setting. The maximum volume limit
can bet to -20db -10db, 0dB, or Off (no maximum volume level).
Bi-Amping Front Speakers: The Surround-Back/Front-High/Zone2
speaker terminals can be reassigned and used along with the Front terminals to
bi-amp the front speakers, providing improved bass and treble performance. When
bi-amping the front speakers the receiver is limited to a 5.1ch speaker system
in the main room.
Assignable Digital Inputs: The Pioneer receiver is equipped with two
optical digital inputs and two coaxial digital inputs. All four digital inputs
Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post terminals
for all speaker outputs (Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back/Zone 2, and
Front Height/Wide). The binding posts can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and single banana
plugs. The terminals are spaced too far apart for dual banana plugs. The collar
surrounding the binding post terminals prevent the use of spade connectors.
Note: The front height/front wide speakers and the
surround back/Zone 2 speakers cannot be played at the same time.
Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size
1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.
7 HD Inputs: The Pioneer VSX-1021-K is equipped with 7 HD
inputs. Five HDMI 1.4a inputs (up to 1080/24p capable) let you connect a
high-definition satellite receiver, Blu-ray Disc player, and game system for
high definition video and audio. Two component inputs (1080/60i capable) provide
added HD-capable connectivity and versatility.
- HDMI: The receiver is equipped with five HDMI (v.1.4a)
inputs for connecting HDMI-equipped audio/video components. All five HDMI
inputs are capable of carrying uncompressed digital audio and 3D 1080p video
There is also an HDMI (v.1.4a) output which supports the ARC function that
feeds audio/video signals to an HDTV.
- HD Component Video: This unit features 2 component
video inputs and a component video monitor output. The component video jacks
are capable of passing high-definition video signals (up to 1080i).
1080p Video Upconversion: The VSX-1021-K provides video
conversion from composite and component video to HDMI for a single-wire
high-definition audio/video solution as well as up to 1080p video scaling
(powered by Anchor Bay) for an exceptional high definition picture, regardless
of the source.
Note: You can also convert composite video to component
video & vice-versa, without any upscaling.
3D-Ready: The Pioneer VSX-1021-K is compatible with 3D-ready
Blu-ray disc movies, video games, and other 3D content through its HDMI (v.1.4a)
Note: 3D viewing requires 3D-ready source with 3D
content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D glasses, and high-speed HDMI cable. Other 3D
accessories may also be needed.
Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The VSX-1021-K also supports
Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than
standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.
A/V Sync: Some monitors have a slight delay when showing video, so the
soundtrack will be slightly out of sync with the picture. The receiver can
automatically correct this problem (via HDMI) or it can be fixed manually.
- Auto Delay: This feature automatically corrects the
audio-to-video delay between components connected with an HDMI cable. The
audio delay time is set depending on the operational status of the displayed
connected with an HDMI cable. The video delay time is automatically adjusted
according to the audio delay time.
- A/V Delay: By manually adding a bit of delay (0-9), you can adjust
the sound to match the presentation of the video.
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be
sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable
already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the
need for extra cables connected to your television.
HDMI Through: You can set the receiver's HDMI jacks to output both
audio and video to your television. The receiver's speakers will be muted. The
receiver needs to be turned On, set to "HDMI Through", and set to the correct
Note: This is different from a "HDMI Standby Pass-through"
function. This receiver does not offer HDMI Standby Pass-Through.
Video Settings: The Pioneer VSX-1021-K offers a number of video
- Pure Cinema: This setting optimizes the operation of the
progressive scanning circuit for playing film material.
- Progressive Motion: This function adjusts the motion and still
picture quality when video output is set to progressive.
- Video Adjustment: You can set the optimum picture quality for the
type of monitor display - Plasma, LCD, Front Projection, or Professional
- Picture Adjustments: You can make the following picture
adjustments - YNR (noise reduction), Detail (edge enhancement), Sharpness
(detail), Bright (brightness), Contrast (lights/darks), Hue (reds/greens),
Chroma (saturation), Blacks (black level).
Front A/V Input: The Pioneer A/V receiver features a front-panel
audio/video input which consists of a composite video and stereo RCA jacks.
Home Media Gallery: The Pioneer A/V Receiver's Home Media
Gallery function allows you to stream audio files from your DLNA compliant
computer, access your iTunes music via AirPlay, and listen to Internet Radio
Stations on the Web; all through your home network. The VSX-1021-K is fitted
with an Ethernet (LAN) port and is also WiFi ready.
- Ethernet (LAN) Port: The Pioneer VSX-1021-K is fitted with a rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet
(LAN) Port. By connecting this receiver to the your home network via the LAN
terminal (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX), you can play audio files stored on your
computer, listen to Internet Radio, and stream iTunes via AirPlay, and
download firmware updates.
- Wireless Ready: Wireless connection to your home network is possible through the use of the Pioneer Wireless Network
sold separately). The AS-WL wireless network adapter provides wireless (2.4GHz) connectivity for the Pioneer
VSX-1021-K to your wireless (IEEE802.11b/g/n) home network. The AS-WL300 supports WPS (WiFi protected
setup), WEP (64/128 bit), or WPA/WPA2 (TKIP/AES) security settings.
Note: The wireless network adapter connects to receiver's
rear-panel Ethernet port and USB port.
vTuner Internet Radio: The Pioneer VSX-1021-K receiver
supports Internet Radio (via vTuner), so you can enjoy 1,000's of internet radio
stations from around the world. Internet radio
is an audio broadcasting service transmitted via the Internet. There are a large
number of Internet radio stations broadcasting a variety of services from every
corner of the world. Some are hosted, managed, and broadcast by private
individuals while others are by the corresponding traditional terrestrial radio
stations or radio networks. Whereas terrestrial, or OTA (over-the-air), radio
stations are geographically restricted on the range of radio waves broadcast
from a transmitter through the air, Internet radio stations are accessible from
anywhere in the world, as long as there is a connection to the Internet, as
services are not transmitted through the air, but are delivered over the World
Wide Web. This receiver offers the following Internet Radio functions.
- Categories: You can select
Internet radio stations by genre, as well as by region.
- Favorites: You can register up to
20 of your favorite songs or Internet radio stations in the Favorites
- Presets: The receiver can remember the
Internet radio stations that you often listen to in seven classes (A-G),
with up to nine stations in each class to make the total of 63 stations at
its maximum capacity.
Note: The list of Internet Radio
Stations on this A/V receiver is created, edited, and managed by the vTuner
database service exclusively for this receiver.
DLNA Certified (1.5): The Pioneer VSX-1021-K is DLNA 1.5
certified. This means you can stream your MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, or even FLAC music
files from your Windows PC or laptop to the Pioneer A/V receiver. This unit
allows for the streaming of audio files stored on the following devices.
- PCs running Microsoft Windows Vista or XP with Windows Media Player 11
- PCs running Microsoft Windows 7 with Windows Media Player 12 installed.
- DLNA-compatible digital media servers (on PCs or other components).
AirPlay: With AirPlay you can stream music from iTunes to
the VSX-1021-K and play it through your home theater system. Simply connect the
receiver to your home network via Ethernet or Pioneer's optional wireless
adapter (AS-WL300, sold separately) and it instantly becomes the hub for
playback of your iTunes music from your connected Apple device or networked
computer. You can even use the receiver to view metadata including song title,
artist as well as album art on a connected display monitor. Download Apple's
free "Remote" application and your can use your Apple device as the remote
Note: AirPlay supports PCs or MACs with iTunes 10.1 or later.
AirPlay is compatible with the iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th gen), iPhone (4/3GS),
and iPad (16/32/64GB) with iOS 4.2 or later.
Playable File Formats: The Home Media
Gallery feature of this receiver supports the following file formats.
|MP3||8-320 kbps||8 kHz to 48 kHz|
|AAC||16-320 kbps||32 kHz to 48 kHz|
|LPCM||16-, 20-, 24-bit||8 kHz to 48 kHz|
|FLAC||8 kHz to 96 kHz|
|WAV||8 kHz to 192 kHz|
Firmware Updates: You can download firmware
updates from the Pioneer Website for the Pioneer A/V receiver using either an
Ethernet (hardwired) or WiFi (wireless) connection.
Note: Go to
for the latest firmware update.
USB Port: It is possible to play audio and photo files by
connecting a USB memory device to the A/V receiver's front-panel USB (type-A)
port. You can display slideshows of your stored JPEG photos on your connected
flat-panel TV, or play music files with Album Art support. The receiver's remote
control can be used for basic playback of files stored on your USB memory
device. Compatible USB devices include - external hard drives, portable flash
memory drives and digital audio players (formatted in FAT16/32). The receiver
can recognize up to 30,000 folders and files per USB memory device. The USB
function of this receiver supports the following file formats.
|File Type||Bit-Rate||Sampling Frequency|
|MP3||8-320 kbps||8 kHz to 48 kHz|
|WMA||8-320 kbps||8 kHz to 48 kHz|
|WAV||8-, 16-bit||32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz|
|JPEG||40 (h) x 30 (v) to 8184 (h) x 8184
Note: Copyrighted and DRM-protected audio files cannot be played
back. Not compatible with all USB devices. This receiver does not support a
USB hub. The unit's rear-panel USB port can only be used for the Pioneer
wireless network adapter (AS-WL300, sold separately).
Direct iPod/iPhone Connection: The Pioneer VSX-1021-K's
front-panel USB port and A/V input (via the included USB/video cable) allows you
to control playback of audio/video content from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad using
the controls of this receiver. You can
enjoy music, videos, still-images, and apps stored on your iPod, iPhone, or
iPad. You can control your iPod, iPhone, or iPad device directly; or push a
single-button on the VSX-1021-K's front-panel to switch control to the included
IR remote and full-color On-Screen GUI (via HDMI). You can browse songs stored on your
iPod, iPhone, or iPad by Playlist, Artist Name, Album Name, Song Name, Genre, or
Composer. You must use the clickwheel or touchscreen of your Apple device for
video and photo control. The Apple device will charge automatically when connected. The
VSX-1021-K is "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible and supports the following
iPod, iPhone, and iPad devices (as of June 2011).
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video Out ||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info |
|classic ||80GB||1.1.2||Y||Composite/HDMI||Audio only||Y||TV||TV||Y|
|6th||1.0 PC||Y||N||Audio only||Y||TV||TV||Y|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the receiver and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If
this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or
wait until a newer software update is available.
Air Jam: Pioneer's exclusive Air Jam App has been designed
in-house by Pioneer and is available for free download from Apple's iTunes
store. With Air Jam, you and your friends can connect up to 4 Apple devices
(iPad, iPhone, iPad touch with iOS 4.2 or later) to make a group playlist on
your home theater through the Pioneer VSX-1021-K, via Pioneer's Stereo Bluetooth
Multi-Zone: This receiver can accommodate up to two independent AV systems in separate rooms after you
have made the proper Multi-Zone connections. The same AV source or different AV
sources can be playing in the two zones at the same time. The Main Zone
offers 7.1-channel playback of your audio/video gear in your main entertainment
room. Zone 2 allows audio/video playback of the same or different analog AV
source connected to the receiver in another room of your home, via left/right
RCA audio or speaker level outputs. Zone 2 also features a composite video
output to display video in the second zone.
- Zone 2 Speaker Outputs: When using the VSX-1021-K to
power speakers in a second room of your home, the main zone is restricted to
- Zone 2 Preamp Outputs: When using the receiver's preamp
output terminals for the second room you need an additional amplifier to
power those speakers, and the main zone of the receiver remains 7.1-channel.
Compatible Zone Sources: Only tuner, analog, USB, and
Network sources can be played in Zone 2. You must currently be listening to a
USB device or Network audio source in the Main Zone to initially select USB or
Network as a source in Zone 2. Then you can switch the Main Zone to any source
you desire. You cannot select different AM/FM radio stations or different
Network content for different zones.
Note: To hear Airplay in Zone 2, the Main Zone must also
be playing Airplay. You can have other sources playing in Zone 2 when the
main zone is using Airplay.
Incompatible Zone Sources: It is not possible to play the
digital audio signals from the HDMI, Coaxial, or Optical terminals in Zone 2.
Video cannot be sent to Zone 2.
AM/FM Tuner: The Pioneer VSX-1021-K is equipped with a built-in AM/FM
tuner with 63 preset stations, store in seven banks (A-G). For easier identification, you can name all of
your saved preset stations. You can also directly tune to a station, using the
included remote control. The receiver includes an external indoor AM loop
antenna and FM wire antenna.
SIRIUS Satellite Radio Ready (optional): You can listen to
SIRIUS Satellite Radio by connecting the SiriusConnect tuner (item number
220SCH2P, sold separately) to the VSX-1021-K's proprietary plug. SIRIUS
Satellite Radio offers over 130 channels of music, news, sports, talk, and
entertainment to choose from--all in digital quality. During SIRIUS playback the
AV receiver will display the channel information, artist name, and song title.
Note: A subscription is required in order to receive
SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
On-Screen GUI (Graphical User Interface): The VSX-1021-K
features an advanced, full-color On-Screen GUI for use with the included remote, so you can make guided
adjustments to your home theater sound. The On-Screen GUI is only visible when
connecting the receiver to your television via HDMI.
AVNavigator: Pioneer's AVNavigator is an interactive owners
manual that takes all the guesswork out of setting up the receiver. AVNavigator
uses your networked PC to communicate directly with the VSX-1021-K, walking you
through speaker set-up, MCACC room calibration, sound optimization, firmware
updates and more. A CD-ROM is included to load the software onto your PC
Parental Lock: You can set restrictions for using Internet services.
These restrictions are protected by a user pass-code.
Input Name: You can choose to rename the input function for easier
identification. Inputs can also be skipped.
Display Dimmer: You can dim or brighten the receiver's front-panel
display. The brightness level can be controlled in four steps.
Sleep Timer: The receiver's Sleep Timer function can be set to 30, 60,
or 90 minutes.
Auto Power Down: This function automatically turns off the power when
the receiver has not operated for several hours.
Multibrand/Learning Remote Control: The supplied wireless
remote is a multibrand/learning remote. The remote is pre-programmed to operate
popular brands of equipment including Blu-ray/DVD players, Blu-ray/DVD
recorders, CD players, TVs, and Satellite/Cable boxes. Also, the remote can
learn specific commands from infrared remotes of other components. You can even
program in Macros for a series of remote control commands from one button press.
Pioneer iControlAV2 Remote App (for iPad): The Pioneer free
iControlAV2 Remote App from Apple makes it easy to operate select functions of
your Pioneer A/V receiver using an iPad (iOS 4.2 or later) in a Wi-Fi network
environment. Download this free iPad app from the iTunes app store and enjoy
controlling your home cinema system with the touch of your finger.
HDMI Control: The Pioneer VSX-1021-K supports the HDMI Control function.
With HDMI Control, you can synchronize operation between the Pioneer A/V
receiver and your HDMI CEC-compatible TV or Blu-ray disc player (equipment must
be connected via HDMI). HDMI Control Functions included:
- Synchronized Amp Mode: The receiver's volume can be set and the
sound can be muted from the TV's remote control.
- Power Synchronization: The receiver and your connected TV will
power On/Off at the same time.
- Automatic Switching Inputs: The receiver's input switches over
automatically when the TV's input is changed or your Blu-ray player starts
Note: Not all HDMI CEC-compatible components will be supported by
IR Input/Output (3.5mm): If you keep
your audio/video components in a closed cabinet or shelving unit, or you wish to
use the sub zone remote control in another zone, you can use an optional IR
receiver (such as a Niles or Xantech unit) to control your system instead of the
remote sensor on the front-panel of this receiver. Simply connect the IR
receiver to the IR input of this receiver and connect your component to the IR
output jack of the receiver.
SR Control (3.5mm): Many Pioneer components
have "SR CONTROL" jacks which can be used to link components
together so that you can use just the remote sensor of one component. When you
use a remote control, the control signal is passed along the chain to the
Bluetooth Ready (optional): The Pioneer AS-BT200 Stereo Bluetooth
sold separately) lets you wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth enabled
audio device to the Pioneer VSX-1021-K A/V receiver. Now, instead of being limited
to headphones to listen to the music stored on your portable device or computer
-- you can enjoy your music wirelessly from your iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th gen),
iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4), iPad, BlackBerry, Android or other smartphone, as well as
your PC, laptop or many other A2DP profile Bluetooth-enabled devices directly
from the Pioneer VSX-1021-K A/V receiver. The AS-BT200 connects to a proprietary
port on the back of all the Pioneer A/V receiver.