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Pioneer VSX-1124

7.2-channel home theater receiver with Apple® AirPlay®

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What do your TV, cable box, gaming console, Blu-ray player, and speakers all have in common? They're waiting for a home theater receiver to link them all together. The Pioneer VSX-1124 is more than capable of bringing excellent sound and picture quality to your home theater while ensuring all your components and speakers are in lockstep. In addition to all the requisite inputs and outputs, this receiver offers network capability for wireless music streaming, 4K upscaling for stunning Ultra HD picture quality with compatible TVs, and lots of under-the-hood technology to ensure music, movies, TV shows and video games look and sound their best.

The hub for all your entertainment equipment

What do your TV, cable box, gaming console, Blu-ray player, and speakers all have in common? They're waiting for a home theater receiver to link them all together. The Pioneer VSX-1124 is more than capable of bringing excellent sound and picture quality to your home theater while ensuring all your components and speakers are in lockstep. In addition to all the requisite inputs and outputs, this receiver offers network capability for wireless music streaming, 4K upscaling for stunning Ultra HD picture quality with compatible TVs, and lots of under-the-hood technology to ensure music, movies, TV shows and video games look and sound their best.

iControlAV5 remote app for iPad

Play music from your smartphone or tablet, networked computers, and online services with the free iControlAV5 remote app for iOS® and Android™ (iPad version shown).

Wireless music options from computers and smartphones

When you connect the VSX-1124 to your home network, you'll open up lots of music options. If you have a networked computer, you can stream tunes wirelessly over the network for playback in your home theater. Apple AirPlay makes it easy to stream music from Apple® devices like an iPhone®, as well as from iTunes® on your computer. Pandora® and vTuner Internet radio offer endless hours of free online music. If you subscribe to Spotify®, you can play their huge library of tunes wirelessly using your Android™ or Apple device. You can even download Pioneer's free remote app to your phone or tablet to control the receiver via Wi-Fi®. AirPlay and the Pioneer remote app require a wireless home network and a wired connection between the receiver and network.

Audio and video in two rooms

Most of us want music and video in more rooms than just the home theater. You can use the VSX-1124 to feed audio and video signals to a second room. There is a second HDMI output that can send signals to another TV. You can even watch content from different sources simultaneously, so the kids can watch a movie in the playroom while you watch the game in the home theater. This receiver can also power speakers in a second room — perfect for a bedroom, kitchen, or porch.

Pioneer helps you get connected

Setting up the VSX-1124 is easy when you use Pioneer's AVNavigator. You can use your computer, smartphone, or tablet to follow step-by-step instructions for making connections and tweaking settings. One of the most important setup processes is calibrating your speakers. Sound complicated? The receiver does it for you with Advanced Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration. Just plug the included microphone into the front-panel jack, and receiver will optimize its output based on your speakers and your room setup. It will also calibrate your powered subwoofer, for consistent, accurate bass response throughout the room. AVNavigator requires that the receiver be connected to the same home network as the computer, smartphone, or tablet used to run it.

Praise for the Pioneer VSX-1124 from Sound & Vision

"While Pioneer is not the only manufacturer that can make an AVR sound great for $600, it has had the knack longer than most. The VSX-1124 not only lives up to that standard but exceeds it a little. Even break-in listening, before I ran the MCACC auto setup and room correction, was a pleasure. In the formal demos, this little receiver hit one home run after another, with midrange voicing just a little on the warm side of neutral."

— From Mark Fleischmann's review in Sound & Vision, November, 2014
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Works well as designed , no complains,

Lazar, New York

What's in the Box:

  • 7.2ch AV receiver
  • Remote control (AXD7723)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Auto-calibration microphone
  • FM wire antenna
  • AM loop antenna
  • Operating Instructions on CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • Safety Brochure
  • "Preventing Shorting of Speaker Cords" note
  • "For 4K/60p-compatible TV Users" note
  • Firmware Update Notice

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Product Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 90 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding, including Dolby Pro Logic® IIz
    • 4K video upconversion with Marvell Qdeo™ processing for analog and digital signals
    • Advanced Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration automatically optimizes your speakers for your room and setup (microphone included)
    • Subwoofer EQ and Standing Wave Control help deliver accurate, even bass throughout the room
    Digital and Streaming Music Options:
    • Internet-ready for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and online music services
      • includes support for Pandora and thousands of free Internet radio stations with vTuner
      • Spotify Connect lets you play Spotify's streaming music library through the receiver via your smartphone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
    • Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer running iTunes
    • DLNA 1.5 certified for streaming music wirelessly from compatible computers and network-attached storage (NAS) drives
    • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer
      • PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution; DSD files up to 2.8 MHz
    • MHL-ready HDMI input for accessing content from select Android smartphones, tablets, and Roku streaming media sticks
    • front-panel USB input for connecting an iPod®, iPhone®, or thumb drive
      • direct digital connection for iPod or iPhone bypasses the device's digital-to-analog converter for better sound
    • HTC Connect™ for wireless music streaming from a compatible HTC smartphone
    • gapless playback of digital music files
    Multi-room Audio/Video:
    • dual-room/dual-source output for audio playback from two different sources at the same time
    • independent Zone 2 HDMI output can be used for second zone video or 3rd zone audio with an additional receiver
    • powered outputs for 2nd room allow simultaneous 5.2-channel sound in main room
    • line-level Zone 2 outputs for use with an external amplifier
    Audio Performance Features:
    • 24-bit/192kHz ESS SABRE™ Premier digital-to-analog converter for exceptional sound from stereo and multichannel sources
    • Advanced Sound Retriever restores details to MP3s and other compressed digital music files
    • 24-bit processing engine adds detail and smoothness to CD-quality audio signals
    • bi-amp compatible front left and right speakers by reassigning Surround Back channels
    • HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 7 in, 2 out (includes 1 front-panel input)
    • component video inputs
    • composite video switching: 2 in, 1 out
    • digital audio inputs: 1 optical and 1 coaxial
    • 3 analog stereo audio inputs
    • stereo preamp outputs for driving Front left/right channels with a separate power amp
    • 2 preamp outputs for powered subwoofers
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from an iPod, iPhone, or USB memory device
    • outputs for 9 speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Front Height L/R)
    • receiver can power a maximum of 7 channels at once
    • Ethernet port
    • rear ports for use with add-on Pioneer Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® adapters
    • IR in/out for external controller
    • full-sized headphone jack
    General Features:
    • 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
      • This receiver is not HDCP 2.2-compliant and will not support copy-protected 4K video content.
    • free iControlAV5 app for iOS® and Android™ lets you control the receiver with your smartphone or tablet
    • AVNavigator walks you through connections and setup using your computer, tablet, or smartphone (requires a network connection to your receiver)
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
    • AM/FM tuner with 63 presets
    • learning remote control
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-5/8"H x 14-5/16"D
    • weight: 21.56 lbs.
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    Pioneer VSX-1124 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (11 Reviews)

    Defective - Waiting for Replacement

    reef from Florida on 3/21/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I dad about 4 months research into various products before deciding to buy the VSX-1124K. I am very happy with the sound quality. However, it froze it's HDMI outputs the day of setup and had to be reset requiring all settings to be readjusted. Remote is cluttered and the on-screen GUI is antiquated but Ok since the sound is what I'm after with the Pre-Outs (Main) running through my Adcom GFA-555II to a pair of Vandersteen 2Ce's. Worst thing: it has a glitch now documented as common with -3dB drops in volume automatically every 2-3 minutes to no sound at all. Waiting on a replacement from Crutchfield. Hoping it is not discontinued. Want to believe in the unit that others give rave reviews to. Cannot seem to get the Samsung LED 55" smart TV to play on its own either without requiring the receiver to be turned on.

    Pros: Sound - Sabre DAC is the best. Soundstage and presence and detail and deep accurate bass and smooth highs and liquid midrange.

    Cons: Sound - keeps dropping. :( Why? Time it takes to switch HDMI sources: about 7-10 seconds. Even with High speed HDMI cables. TV usage on its own does not appear possible.

    Great Product

    Lazar from New York on 2/17/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works well as designed , no complains,


    Cons: No Bluetooth connection, need to buy a separate adapter.

    Pioneer VSX-1124 is a Great Value!

    JohnSz from Greenville, SC on 2/4/2015

    Fantastic sound! Full of features! The automatic calibration system works flawlessly! I love this receiver!

    Pros: Amazingly easy to use, in spite of its MANY capabilities!

    Cons: It would be nice if the remote had a channel selector for the monitor TV. If you use an antenna instead of cable, you have to use the TV's remote. Other than that, I have found no issues.

    love this receiver

    Jose from the Washington, DC Area on 1/27/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've been enjoying this AVR for about 3 week now. It has just about all bells and whistles you could want at a very reasonable price. it does not come with Wi-Fi but when connected to an ethernet port there are loads of streaming options; DLNA, Air Play, Pandora, Spotify,Internet Radio. I suggest reading the 100+ manual pdf to get the most out of this very nice AVR. Picture quality is awesome, can't test for 4K yet. Remote is cluttered like so many receiver remotes are. Onscreen prompts/popups are nice and unobtrusive.

    Pros: Great sound, 7.2 channel


    Pioneer VSX-1124

    Tommy V from Arizona on 1/14/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Couldn't have got a better receiver than this one when it was on sale. Just wish I knew that it needed the "extra" wireless adapter to use the AV5 controller with my ipad.

    Pros: Great sound, 7.2 channel

    Cons: have to update my speakers now

    Pioneer VSX-1124

    Greg from Stockbridge, Mi on 1/4/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've used a Pioneer VSX-1022 for years with no problems. I wanted another system for the basement so I purchased the Pioneer VSX-1124 mainly for the sale price and the two HDMI outputs. I mainly use it for watching TV and movies, the system sounds fantastic. No regrets, no problems.

    Pros: Does what is advertised.

    Cons: None

    Pioneer VSX-1124

    larry s from Maryland on 1/2/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    best sale item ever

    Pros: everything

    Cons: none

    Excellent Value

    Anonymous from Joliet, IL on 1/1/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    An excellent value for a receiver! Great setup tools and lots of tweaking potential via the iPad app.

    Pros: Setup Flexibility

    Cons: Analogue Equipment Management

    Pioneer Vsx-1124k vs Sony STR-DN1050

    bearclaw from New York on 12/18/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have purchased both of these machines in the pursuit of the best sound possible. This review concerns listening quality during 2ch bi-amped playback on my Polk Monitor 70s and headphone listening with my AKG 612pro's amped by the Bravo V2. (all awesome deals in the audio world). No room correction was used. The Sony is always making a dull bass sound whether you want it or not, Boomy and muddy intruding on the vocals. The sony also has highs with just a little too much hiss. By my ears the Pioneer 1124k has the sony beat on EVERY count sound wise. The bass is tighter, punchier and goes lower. It is also more easily adjusted (stereo/Ext. stereo) so you can easily change how full you want the sound every song. The vocals are flat out beautiful and the highs are balanced, airy and smooth. The Pioneer creates a larger, more spatial sound and if you love music it is the clear choice at this price point. It goes on sale for 350-400 regularly so wait for the deal. You will be thrilled to get this much quality sound at that price. Thank you Pioneer and thank you Crutchfield for your excellent return policy (good bye Sony). P.S. I no longer put as much stock in 'professional online reviews' as they all praise the Sony 1050. The Pioneer is newer so maybe some of them did not test it, but if they did then they must have been drunk during testing. The Sony str-dn 1050 may be receiver of the year, but the Pioneer Vsx-1124k is the receiver for HERE!

    Pros: Stunning sound, absolutely clean, resolved and powerful. It has a lot of adjustments/options you can make to tailor the sound output extra speaker terminals for front height/front width speakers. you can leave your rears connected and the receiver will automatically switch output depending on the source. not quite 9 channel sound but a cool option nonetheless.

    Cons: no wifi, (can get adapter for ethernet jack for a reasonable price) fairly complex machine, huge manual (on cd) is very detailed though, remote not very ergonomic nor are the onscreen menus all that great. you can control it from an app on your phone or over your home network using your pc, I have not tried these yet. The headphone jack spits out somewhat dodgy sound surprisingly. work around this by using the receivers pre-outs sent to a headphone amp for adjustable, amazing sound.

    Exceptional value

    Bill from Las Vegas, NV on 12/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is everything it is advertised to be. I was able to hook up a wifi adapter to the Internet port and it wirelessly connected to my network without any problem. I can play Pandora and all internet radio stations through the wireless adapter.I can also play all the music on my iPad wirelessly through the AirPlay on don't have to do anything for the ipad to play the music on air play, it just plays automatically without touching anything or any buttons on the 1124. I hooked up a Chromecast cast to one of the hdmi ports and it plays video,YouTube and audio flawlessly. I downloaded a movie from Google and cast it to the chromecast and it played perfectly. This is an exceptional piece of electronic equipment. I would highly recommended it as a great value and great sound for your home theater and music needs. the bonus is the app that you can download from Google to operate your 1124 as a remote control. It works great.

    Pros: Very well designed with great sound. Lots and lots of features.

    Cons: The Bluetooth adapter has to be purchased separately.I didn't purchase one because the chromecast does everything I need.

    Pioneer VSX-1124 7.2 Channel AV Receiver

    David L./Cincinnati, Ohio from Ohio on 12/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently purchased the Pioneer VSX-1124 as a "short-term" replacement for my 6-year old "high-end" Onkyo TX-NR905 AV Receiver. I experienced major HDMI curcuit board problems with the Onkyo the last several years and the AM/FM reception with this model was nonexistent. The Pioneer VSX-1124 was easy to set up and "straight forward" in making the speaker/Mini-Disc/Blu-Ray/internet connections. My 7.1 channel system consists of high quality speakers and a powered subwoofer. I was very pleasantly surprised when I first hit the power button on the Pioneer VSX-1124 with the excellent surround-sound for both music and movies considering the 90 watts per channel power rating. The AM/FM reception is very good and the internet radio/Apple Airplay features are great as well. I would highly recommend the Pioneer VSX-1124 7.2 channel Home Theater Receiver for it's rich surround sound and excellent picture quality at a very reasonable price.

    Pros: Inexpensive. Easy to set up. Excellent surround sound and picture quality. Very good AM/FM reception and internet radio/Apple Airplay features and display.

    Cons: HDMI handshake between cable tv to receiver to tv monitor is slow, but dependable.


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    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 90
    THD in Stereo 0.08 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
    General Features
    Internet-ready Yes
    Bluetooth-compatible No
    Apple AirPlay Built in
    App Remote Control Yes
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    FM Sensitivity Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration MCACC
    HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
    HDR-compatible No
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion From Composite to HDMI
    Component Video Conversion From Component Video to HDMI
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion Yes
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible Yes
    Multibrand Remote Control Yes
    Learning Remote Yes
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 6-5/8
    Depth (inches) 14-9/16
    Weight (pounds) 21.56
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Multi-room Video Yes
    Multi-room HDMI Output Yes
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, EX, DD+, TrueHD
    Dolby Atmos No
    DTS DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, 96/24, Neo:6, Ne
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 7
    Audio-only Inputs 2
    Component Video Inputs 1
    Component Video Monitor Outputs None
    Optical Digital Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 7
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 2
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port 1
    USB Connections 1
    Removable Power Cord No

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    Audio Section
    Video Section
    Network & Tuner Functions
    iPod/USB Integration
    Convenience Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    Discrete Direct Energy Amplification: The Pioneer VSX-1124-K AV receiver is equipped with a discrete 7-channel amplifier rated at 90 watts (into 8-ohms, at 20Hz-20kHz, with 0.08% THD, driving 2 channels). The Discrete Direct Energy Amplifier design creates a wide range frequency response that makes it ideal for reproducing new high resolution audio formats. With this proprietary amplifier design, Pioneer's engineers have found the key to managing the wide fluctuations in heat that can significantly alter the overall audio performance of each of the discrete amplified channels. By utilizing a new temperature compensation circuitry of the temperature fluctuations are effectively minimized between channels to maintain high quality audio from all connected devices. The Direct Energy amplifier also features a low impedance, high current, and compact circuit design to maximize performance in the critical output stages.

    Amplifier Assignment: The VSX-1124-K's seven discrete amplifier channels can be configured to accommodate your type of home theater setup.

    • Surround Back (7.2ch): The AV receiver's amplifier channels can be configured as Front Left/Right, Center, Surround Left/Right, and Surround Back Left/Right for Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx 7.1ch playback.
    • Front Wide or Height (7.2ch): The receiver's amplifier channels can also be configured as Front Left/Right, Front Height (Wide) Left/Right, Center, and Surround Left/Right for Dolby Pro Logic IIz 7.1ch playback.
    • Bi-Amp (5.2ch): Five speakers are powered in the main room (Front L/R, center, and Surround L/R) with the surround back amplifier channels reassigned to bi-amp the front speakers. A bi-amplification connection uses two amplifiers for one speaker. One amplifier is connected to the woofer section of a loudspeaker while the other is connected to the combined midrange and tweeter section. With this arrangement each amplifier operates over a limited frequency range, making its job easier.
    • Speaker B: The VSX-1124-K's amplifier channels can be configured as Front Left/Right, Center, Surround Left/Right, and Speaker B for Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic II 5.1ch playback in the main zone and 2ch PCM playback of the same source in the second zone.
    • Zone2 (5.2ch + 2ch): In addition, the AV receiver's amplifier channels can be configured as Front Left/Right, Center, Surround Left/Right, and Zone 2 for Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic II 5.1ch playback in the main zone and 2ch PCM playback of a different source in the second zone.
    Note: Both the surround back and front height/wide speaker channels can be connected at the same time. In this case sound will be output from either the front height or surround back speakers based on the type of surround format.

    192kHz/24-bit ESS Sabre DACs + TI Aureus DSP Engine: The Pioneer VSX-1124-K receiver is equipped with 192kHz/24-bit ESS Sabre Preier digital-to-analog converters (DACs) to decode and playback high-resolution recordings with clearer sound. The VSX-1124-K AV receiver is equipped with a Texas Instruments (TI) Aureus Digital Signal Processor (DSP) Engine for better surround sound reproduction.

    PQLS Jitter Reduction: 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.

    Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Pioneer VSX-1124-K AV receiver supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) decoding formats.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.

    Advanced MCACC: Advanced MCACC incorporates Pioneer's Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration, Subwoofer EQ, and Phase Control to create the optimum acoustic environment for movies and music in any room in the house. The advanced MCACC system comes complete with a auto-calibration microphone.

    • Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration (MCACC): The VSX-1124-K features Pioneer's exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC), providing an optimized multi-channel listening experience by measuring every speaker's connection, noting its size and distance from the listening point, sound levels and timbre in order to calibrate, customize and maximize performance specifically for your room. An auto-calibration microphone is included.
    • Subwoofer EQ: Subwoofer EQ determines the distance and characteristics of your subwoofer, and makes adjustments using four different frequency parameters and an extremely low-latency DSP to reduce phase and timing errors that are often found in other room calibration systems.
    • Phase Control: The AV 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.

    Stream Direct Modes: You can use the receiver's two Direct Modes when you want to hear the truest possible reproduction of a source; all unnecessary signal processing is bypassed.

    • 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 Surround Modes: The Advance Surround Modes create a variety of surround effects. You can choose from Action, Drama, Advanced Game, Sports, Classical, Rock/Pop, Front Stage Surround, Extended Stereo, or Headphone Surround.

    • Front Stage Surround: Allows you to create a virtual surround effect using only front speakers and a powered subwoofer.
    • Extended Stereo: Allows you to listen to multi-channel stereo through all 7.1 speakers.
    • Headphone Surround: When listening through headphones, you can still get a virtual surround sound effect.

    Audio Enhancements: The Pioneer VSX-1124-K offers several audio enhancement settings to improve your listening experience.

    • Tone Controls: You can adjust the receiver's Bass & Treble independently.
    • 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.
    • Hi-Bit 24: This feature creates a wider dynamic range with digital sources; like CDs, DVDs, or BDs. Smoother, more delicate musical expression can be achieved by converting 16-bit PCM or 20-bit compressed audio signals to 24-bit.
    • X-Curve: Most soundtracks mixed for cinema sound too bright when played back in large rooms. The X-Curve setting acts as a kind of re-equalization for home theater listening, and restores proper tonal balance of movie soundtracks.
    • 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.
    • Up Mix Function: In a 7.1ch surround system wi h surround speakers place directly at the side of the listening position, the surround sound of 5.1ch sources is heard from the side. The Up Mix function mixes the sound of the surround speaker with the surround back speakers so that the surround sound is hear from diagonally to the rear as it should be.

    Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters.

    • Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II/x 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), Dimension (allows you to move the soundfield forward or backward), and Center Width (allows you to adjust the width of the center channel).
    • 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 in half).
    • Height Gain: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic IIz format, you can adjust the Height Gain which adjusts the volume of the Front Height channels. and
    • Virtual Settings: Choose between 4 Virtual Speaker Modes - V.Height (when you're not using front height speakers, selecting this mode allows you to hear a virtual front height channel through your front speakers), V.Wide (when you're not using front wide speakers, selecting this mode allows you to hear a virtual front wide channel through your front speakers), V.Depth (when this mode is selected, the soundfield expands virtually behind the display, resulting a soundfield with the same depth as the 3D picture to achieve a better sense of presence), orV.SB (when you're not using surround back speakers, selecting this mode allows you to hear a virtual surround back channel through your surround speaker)

    Audio Level Controls: The Pioneer VSX-1124-K offers a variety of audio level controls to tailor your audio.

    • Auto Level Control: The Auto Level Control equalizes volume differences between portable audio tracks or television programming and eliminates jarring volume changes.
    • 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 levels.
    • Midnight Listening: The Midnight Listening mode allows you to hear effective surround sound of movies at lower volumes.
    • Loudness: The Loudness function is used to get good bass and treble from music sources at low volumes.
    • 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.

    Audio Connections: Here is a lists of some of the audio connections that you'll find on the VSX-1124-K AV receiver. 

    • Digital Inputs: The Pioneer receiver is equipped with one optical digital input and one coaxial digital input.
    • Speaker Terminals: The receiver is equipped with binding posts for all speaker terminals. The binding post terminals will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), single banana plugs, and pin connectors.
    • Front & Dual Sub Pre-Out: For compatibility with dual subwoofer home theater systems, the VSX-1124-K features two non-discrete subwoofer outputs; the same signal is output from each sub output. The receiver also features front speaker pre-outs for driving your front speakers with a dedicated amplifier.
    • Headphone Jack: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.

    Video Section

    HDMI 2.0: The VSX-1124-K provides connectivity for all your sources like Blu-ray Disc players, cable boxes, and gaming consoles. Offering seven HDMI 2.0 inputs (6 rear/1 front) and two HDMI 2.0 outputs (Main/Zone 2), the VSX-1124-K handles 4K Ultra HD video at 60 frames per seconds. 4K Ultra HD is the latest high-definition video display format, with four times the resolution of 1080p. Ready to deliver 4K Ultra HD video signals to a compatible TV, the Pioneer VSX-1124-K supports home theater systems dedicated to producing the highest quality picture available today.

    • 4K Pass Through: 4K Pass Through allows the Pioneer VSX-1124-K to receive super high-definition resolution video and pass the video signal to a 4K compatible TV or display monitor.
    • 3D Ready: The VSX-1124-K AV receiver supports 3D HDMI pass-through from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be connected via HDMI). 3D provides a more engaging audio and video consumer experience. Note that special eyewear may be required for viewing 3D content.
    • Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The VSX-1124-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.
    • 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.
    • AV LipSync: This function adjusts the delay between audio and video output. You can do this manually or have the receiver set the AV LipSync function automatically. The AV LipSync can be adjusted from 0 - 800 msec.
    • HDMI Standby Through: HDMI Standby Through mode lets video and audio signals pass through the VSX-1124-K to the TV even when the receiver is off.
    Note: The AV receiver's HDMI jacks do not support the latest HDCP 2.2 copyright protection for 4K ultra-HD content, so it will not support 4K content from satellite/cable providers, online video services, and Blu-ray disc which are copyright protected with HDCP 2.2.

    4K Ultra-HD Upscaling & Conversion: The VSX-1124-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 4K video scaling (powered by the Marvel Qdeo Video Scaler) for an exceptional high definition picture, regardless of the source.

    MHL-Compatible HDMI Port: One of the rear HDMI inputs is MHL compatible. This MHL compatible HDMI port provides easy, direct connection of MHL compatible Android smartphones. Playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio from the phone is supported. The receiver will also charge your connected phone. Play, Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the AV receiver's remote control. Check here for a list of compatible MHL-enabled Android phones.

    Analog Video Inputs/Outputs: In addition to HDMI connectivity, the receiver provide analog video inputs and outputs. There are two composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output that will support 480i video signals only. There is also one component video input that will support up to 1080i video signals.

    Video Settings: The Pioneer VSX-1124-K offers a number of video adjustments

    • 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.
    • Stream Smoother: This feature improves elements that reduce picture quality mainly noticeable in network content, such as mosquito noise and block noise.
    • Picture Adjustments: You can make the following picture adjustments; Detail (edge enhancement), Sharpness (detail), Bright (brightness), Contrast (lights/darks), Hue (reds/greens), Chroma (saturation), Blacks (black level).
    • Noise Reduction: The receiver offers the following noise reduction settings; YNR (luminance noise reduction), CNR (color noise reduction),  (block noise reduction), and MNR (mosquito noise reduction).

    Network & Tuner Functions

    Network Connection: The Pioneer VSX-1124-K is fitted with a rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) Port for a wired connection to your home network. By connecting this receiver to the your home network, you can play audio files stored on your computer (via DLNA), listen to Internet Radio (via vTuner), and stream music from you iTunes music library (via AirPlay).

    DLNA Certified (1.5): The Pioneer VSX-1124-K is DLNA 1.5 certified. This means you can stream your MP3 (32-320kbps; 32-48kHz), AAC (16-320kbps; 32-48kHz), WMA (48-320kbps; 32-48kHz), WAV (24-bit/192kHz), FLAC (24-bit/192kHz), AIFF (24-bit/192kHz), Apple Lossless (24-bit/96kHz), and DSD (2.8MHz) music files from your Windows PC or laptop to the Pioneer AV 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 installed.
    • PCs running Microsoft Windows 7/8 with Windows Media Player 12 installed.
    • DLNA-compatible digital media servers (on PCs or other components).

    Internet Radio: With Internet Radio, the VSX-1124-K gives you a wealth of entertainment options. Not only can you enjoy thousands of Internet radio stations around the world with vTuner, you can also access your favorite music from Pandora and Spotify Connect, complete with on-screen album art and music information.

    • vTuner: You can also listen to Internet radio stations using the vTuner Internet Radio Station database service particularly customized for this unit, providing a database of numerous radio stations around the world. You can search for Internet Radio stations by Location, Genre, New, Popular, or Podcast.
    • Pandora: Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will adapt stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark up to 100 stations and easily switch between favorites.
    • Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to Spotify Premium and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify the Pioneer AV receiver. Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.

    HTC Connect: HTC Connect lets you stream MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV music files to the Pioneer AV receiver wirelessly from a compatible HTC Connect mobile device. You don't need a separate app because HTC Connect is built right into your HTC smartphone. Simply swiping the HTC smartphone screen starts music output to the AV receiver, from the HTC device's stored music library or online music apps. Click here for HTC Connected compatible smartphones.

    Built-In AVNavigator: Simplifying the process of connecting and setting up an AV Receiver, the VSX-1124-K features Pioneer's latest version of AVNavigator. Unlike previous versions that required an app download or the installation of a CD-ROM, simply connect the VSX-1124-K to your network and launch your favorite web browser on virtually any device. AVNavigator will walk you through connecting and setting up your new receiver. You can even explore new features of your AV Receiver using the Interactive Operation Guide section. Just push a button on the virtual remote control and AVNavigator will activate the feature and explain what it does.

    Note: AVNavigator is compatible with Windows PC (XP/Vista/7/8/8.1), Mac OSX (10.7/10.8/10.9), Apple iOS (7+), and Android (OS 4.04+).

    AM/FM Tuner: The Pioneer VSX-1124-K is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner with 63 preset stations. For easier identification, you can name all of your saved preset stations. The receiver includes an external indoor AM loop antenna and FM wire antenna.

    iPod/USB Integration

    Front-Panel USB Port: This AV receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy MP3, WMA, and AAC music files from a USB mass storage class memory device; such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable MP3 player, or USB thumbdrive. Compatible USB devices must be mass storage class compliant and formatted in FAT16/32. The receiver's remote control can be used for basic playback of files stored on your USB memory device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (5V/1A). The USB function of this receiver supports the following file formats.

    File Type Bit-Rate Sampling Frequency
    MP3 32-320 kbps 32/44.1/48 kHz
    WMA 48-320 kbps 32/44.1/48 kHz
    AAC 16-320 kbps 32/44.1/48 kHz
    ALAC 16-bit, 24-bit 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
    FLAC 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
    DSD 1-bit 2.8 MHz
    Note: Not compatible with all USB devices. This receiver does not support USB hubs.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Pioneer AV receiver offers wired (via USB) and wireless (via AirPlay) connectivity for your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. You can even watch video from your Apple device via the receiver's front-panel HDMI input.

    • AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+) library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the AV receiver, over your home's wireless network connection. From your Apple iOS device you are able to stream stored music on your device, downloaded music apps, and music on your iCloud to the AV receiver. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the AV receiver; you can even download Apple's free Remote App onto your compatible iOS device to browse and control playback functions of the the music stored in your iTunes music library on your computer that is being streamed to the AV receiver. With AirPlay you also get to see song/artist information and album art via the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI).
    • USB Direct: The Pioneer VSX-1124-K's front-panel USB port allows you to control playback of audio content from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad using the controls of this receiver. Simply connect your iPod, iPhone, or iPad to the receiver's USB port using the Lightning or 30-pin cable supplied with your Apple device. You can enjoy stored music and music apps on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad through the Pioneer AV receiver. You can use the VSX-1124-K's included IR remote, front-panel display, and On-Screen Menu (via composite only) to operate your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. You can browse songs stored on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad by Playlist, Artist, Album, song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, Audiobook, or Shuffle. You can also simply control your iPod, iPhone, or iPad device directly from its clickwheel or touchscreen. The Apple device will charge (1A) automatically when connected.
    • HDMI Video: The front-panel H-DMI input, along with the receiver's front-panel USB port can also be used to connect your Lightning or 30-pin connector Apple iOS device via Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter or 30-pin digital AV adapter; you'll also need the USB cable that came with your Apple iOS device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately). This type of connection provides "screen mirroring", audio/video playback, and charging of your Apple iOS device through the Pioneer receiver and your HDMI-connected TV. All control of your Apple iOS device will be done through its own touchscreen (not the receiver). See AV adapter links for specific Apple iOS compatibility.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The VSX-1124-K is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod, iPhone, and iPad devices (as of 11/5/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connector Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    USB AirPlay Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 8.1 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 8.1 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y N
    4/air 8.1 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 8.1 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.1 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.1 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.1 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 8.1 Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Convenience Features

    On-Screen Display (via HDMI): If your home theater system is enclosed in a cabinet, it's often difficult to know the status of certain functions, such as current volume level. With On Screen Display (OSD), your receiver's basic information, such as volume, input, and surround mode, will overlay on screen as you make adjustments with the remote, so you don't have to switch to a blank screen background. Meanwhile, the GUI (Graphical User Interface) lets you easily navigate Internet radio and iPod/iPhone contents. Both the OSD and GUI operate via HDMI.

    Note: If your TV is connected to the composite video or component video monitor output, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings.

    Zone 2: In addition to the main listening room, you can also enjoy audio/video playback from a different source in another room of your home using the receiver's Zone 2 function. The receiver's Zone 2 function offers speaker level and pre-out level outputs, as well as HDMI connectivity.

    • Speaker Level Outputs: By using the receiver's Zone 2 speaker-level outputs on the VSX-1124-K, you can directly connect a secondary pair of speakers in another room of your home, allowing you to listen to 5.2ch surround sound in your main room and play a different 2ch audio source in the other room. The volume of Zone 2 can be controlled from the receiver's front-panel control or included IR remote.  Only AM/FM tuner, Network, Internet Radio, USB/iPod, and analog input audio sources can be sent to Zone 2 in this setup.
    • Preamp Level Outputs: When using the receiver's preamp output terminals for the second room you need an additional integrated amplifier to power those speakers, and the main zone of the receiver remains 7.2-channel. The volume of Zone will need to be controlled by your external integrated amplifier. Only AM/FM tuner, Network, Internet Radio, USB/iPod, and analog input audio sources can be sent to Zone 2 in this setup.
    • HDMI Output: The Pioneer receiver also provides a Zone 2 HDMI output, so two different HDMI audio/video feeds can be sent to two different displays (Main Zone & Zone 2) at the same time directly from the receiver's HDMI inputs. HDMI Zone 2 will output up to 4K video and 2-channel audio for the HDMI input source selected. Only the receiver's HDMI 1-6 input signals can be sent to Zone 2 with this type of setup. Volume will be controlled by your connected TV or receiver in Zone 2.
    Note: When Internet Radio, Network, or iPod/USB is selected in the Main Zone, it is only possible to select the same input as in the Main Zone for Zone 2. When listening to AM/FM radio, you cannot select different stations for the main room and Zone 2. Optical/coaxial digital audio sources and analog video sources are not output to Zone 2.

    Gapless Playback: The Pioneer AV receiver offers Gapless Playback for AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AAC, and MP3 music files. The silent section between tracks are skipped when playing music files, eliminating the interruptions that usually occur when playing live or convert contents.

    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 2, 4, or 6 hours.

    ECO Mode: The new, energy-saving ECO Mode found on all 2014 Pioneer AV receivers goes far beyond the conventional wisdom about "green" electronics, with a standby power consumption of only 0.1 watt when enabled. Pioneer's ECO Mode offers all of the convenience features of today's modern AV receivers, including Network Standby and HDMI CEC support, while reducing power consumption in both on and standby modes, you can feel better about your entertainment experience without sacrificing power or features. The intelligent ECO Mode analyzes your sources in real time, adjusting power consumption accordingly to meet your needs, or you can choose the power-saving settings that are right for you.

    Firmware Updates: You can download firmware updates from the Pioneer Website for the Pioneer AV receiver using either a network or USB connection. The tested Pioneer AV receiver had firmware version 1-247-005-010-116 (s9691.5003.116); as of 11/5/2014. Visit Pioneer's AV Receiver Support Site for the latest firmware updates.

    Remote Control

    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.

    HDMI Control: The Pioneer VSX-1124-K supports the HDMI Control function. With HDMI Control, you can synchronize operation between the Pioneer AV 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 playback.

    Note: Not all HDMI CEC-compatible components will be supported by this receiver.

    iControlAV5 App: Download Pioneer's free iControlAV5 App (from the Apple App Store or GooglePlay Store) onto your Apple iOS or Android device for control of the AV receiver from your smartphone or tablet device. You'll be able to power on/off receiver, select input sources, choose listening modes, and control volume from the iControlAV5 app on your Apple iOS or Android device. You can even wirelessly stream music stored on your smartphone or tablet to the Pioneer AV receiver from the app.

    IR Input/Output: The AV receiver offers minijack (3.5mm) input and output jacks for use with an optional IR repeater system (sold separately).

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    Customer Q&A

    6 questions already asked

    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  May 06, 2015 ]  Staff
    There is no built in wifi. If your receiver is close enough to your router you can connect the receiver to the network with a cat 5 network cable. Or you can run the audio out from your smart tv to the receiver to access pandora and other audio services. The user interface will be better on the smart tv. [ CRAIG  Mar 16, 2015 ]
    You need the receiver either hard connected by Ethernet or the wireless adapter in or for AirPlay to work. [ JOSEPH  Mar 15, 2015 ]
    Yes, you will need a wireless adapter although I have mine hard wired. Works good for AirPlay as well, streaming right from the phone. Real good receiver, no doubt worth every penny [ KIM  Mar 15, 2015 ]
    The Pioneer has a wired ethernet connection on the back. I have mine plugged into our home network, and I can airplay from any wireless device. If you want or need a wireless connection for the receiver, you'll need to use a usb/wireless adapter. btw - Pioneer's Control5 app can do much the same as airplay, and control the receiver as well. [ CLIFF  Mar 15, 2015 ]
    I have been using pioneer receiver for home and car sense 1978 until now and never had any of them FAIL the only reason i replace them is because they where out dated . they stop working because of operator ERROR [ larry  Mar 17, 2015 ]
    1. I don't know the answer for the 9.1 setup, I am a 5.1 user. 2. I don't buy SONY, I avoid SONY. 3. Before this receiver, I had a Pioneer VSX-D508 for 12 years. I replaced it because it was technologically outdated but it is still working. 4. I am please with Pioneer quality, no complaints. [ DULCILIO  Mar 15, 2015 ]
    Chris, I really can't answer your question as I have only set-up for 5 surround speakers, I have not even begun to tap the capability of this unit. this is my first unit so have no basis on which to compare. [ TOM  Mar 12, 2015 ]
    I have tried both the sony 1050 and the pioneer 1124k and the pioneer wins on sound quality by a long shot. better defined bass, airy highs and more spaciousness to the sound overall. also the pioneer is much more adjustable sound wise. It also has pre outs which the sony lacks. the sony only betters it on the onscreen interface. your plan about using the pre outs would result in 9 speakers driven through 7 channels. build quality wise, the pioneer had a problem with volume consistancy out of the headphone jack. I solved this problem by using the pre outs to feed my headphone amp and it sounds amazing. [ DANIEL  Mar 11, 2015 ]
    Chris, I have a 7.1 setup with my VSX-1124 and it works well. Movies sound especially good in surround mode. I don't know if a 9.1 setup would be possible with this unit? I've had this stereo for 5 months now and the only problem I've encountered is an occassional glitch with switching from DVD or Net Radio back to the Cable/Sat. mode. When this happens I turn the system off/on and the cable comes right back. Sony makes a good product, but I am happy with my Pioneer purchase. This unit has good AM/FM reception and the Apple AirPlay works great!--especially at this price range. [ DAVID  Mar 11, 2015 ]
    Hi Christopher. I have the VSX-1124. I don't believe this particular receiver is capable of more than 7.1 channels. You may be able to hook it up in the way you described using the pre-amp and duplicate the stereo channels or two of the surround channels but it wouldn't be true 9.1 of separate and distinct surround sound. Build quality seems to be excellent so far. I've had this for many months and no problems. From what I researched, the Sony equivalent suffered from more video issues than this model for what that's worth. I was personally intrigued by the review in Sound & Vision. It gave rave reviews on sound quality and mediocre reviews on video quality. The sound is superb. For me using a Sharp 53 inch TV, the video quality at first was troublesome. But after some adjustment playing with the contrast and brightness, it actually did improve an already excellent picture. I think is just requires some extra time adjusting in my opinion. Everything has worked well so far otherwise. Hope this helps you. [ RANDALL  Mar 11, 2015 ]
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy  Mar 11, 2015 ]  Staff
    Hi, Pioneer makes both accessories but I've not seen very good reviews on either one. I connected my vac-1124 to my home network using an Apple Airpot Express. I set it up as an extended network & it works perfectly. Jeff [ JEFFREY F  Dec 09, 2014 ]
    My understanding is that you will need an adaptor from Pioneer for both the Bluetooth and WiFi for those features to work properly. I connected an ethernet cable from my internet router to the receiver, which allows me to access internet radio stations and use the Apple AirPlay built into my I-Pad and the Pioneer receiver. This accessed station and song information is displayed on your TV Monitor thru the HDMI connection. [ DAVID  Dec 09, 2014 ]
    I purchased a wifi adapter. It was a Netgear wireless adapter. It hooked up right away and there was no problem with it. I also hooked up a chromecast to one of the HDMI ports and I can now stream video from my android phone. I'm able to pick up Pandora along with all internet radio stations with the wifi adapter. I also can play my iPad music on 11:24. It hooks up wirelessly and you don't really have to do anything to get it to come up just turn on your iPad start playing your music and the 11:24 will couple and start playing it. This is an amazing piece of electronic equipment. Very well worth it. [ WILLIAM R  Dec 09, 2014 ]
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Yes, AirPlay can go to Zone 2, but it has to be playing in both zones all the time. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Nov 16, 2014 ]  Staff