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    Default Bought my first HT receiver in 8 years

    Well, It,s actually for my daughter. She bought a house and wanted a small HT room. So, after cruising the web and doing some homework, I got her the Pioneer VSX-1018AH. She doesn't need too many bells and whistles. And with the auto calibration, setup should be pretty easy. I'm going to lend her my RT speaker setup until she gets her own. Does anyone have any expierence with this unit? Pros/Cons. Thanks.

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    Let me just say WOW! What a home theater set up. With the ability to put something like that together I highly doubt many of us could supply you with much you don't already know.

    In any case, yes that Pioneer is one of the class leaders in its categories, it has everything she will need and decent power for a receiver--as well as Pre-outs--which you know might be needed for external amps.

    But let me stop and say what a WONDERFUL HT you have...is that a Samsung Plasma as well as a Projection system above?

    I pass to the Guru class on this one and even they might be envious of that system!

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    Quote Originally Posted by del44 View Post
    Well, It,s actually for my daughter. She bought a house and wanted a small HT room. So, after cruising the web and doing some homework, I got her the Pioneer VSX-1018AH. She doesn't need too many bells and whistles. And with the auto calibration, setup should be pretty easy. I'm going to lend her my RT speaker setup until she gets her own. Does anyone have any experience with this unit? Pros/Cons. Thanks.
    I used one for a couple of weeks any was very happy with its price/performance. It had a few quirks that would only matter to someone using it in a more sophisticated environment which would NOT be someone like your daughter (small HT room). I thought that for very little $$ it had much more than basic features, fair & reasonable power, and looks absolutely great. Notable attributes in addition to the mentioned power / good looks were the up-conversion (very good) and the fact that it ran extremely cool even when driven fairly hard. I did think the GUI was a little dated but that's mostly a "do once" thing for most people. I think your homework paid off and your daughter will very very happy for years to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cnh View Post
    In any case, yes that Pioneer is one of the class leaders in its categories, it has everything she will need and decent power for a receiver--as well as Pre-outs--which you know might be needed for external amps.
    But let me stop and say what a WONDERFUL HT you have...is that a Samsung Plasma as well as a Projection system above?
    Thanks for the kind words. My favorite room in the house. Yes, that's a 92" screen in front of the 50' plasma. BTW, she hasn't seen the new receiver yet. Kind of a surprise.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marty913 View Post
    I used one for a couple of weeks any was very happy with its price/performance. It had a few quirks that would only matter to someone using it in a more sophisticated environment which would NOT be someone like your daughter (small HT room). I thought that for very little $$ it had much more than basic features, fair & reasonable power, and looks absolutely great. Notable attributes in addition to the mentioned power / good looks were the up-conversion (very good) and the fact that it ran extremely cool even when driven fairly hard. I did think the GUI was a little dated but that's mostly a "do once" thing for most people. I think your homework paid off and your daughter will very very happy for years to come.
    Thanks Marty. Oh, did I mention that it only cost $359+tax nib.:D

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