Video Inputs and Outputs
The Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K offers three HDMI inputs and one output, as well as three HD Component inputs and one output. There are four Composite Video and two additional analog audio-only inputs, plus a front panel A/V input for connection of an additional source, such as a camcorder. The Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K also features a VCR/DVR/DVD Recorder connection loop.
The Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K converts all standard definition analog video input signals to HDMI video outputs to simplify connection to an HDTV.
Audio Inputs and Outputs
The receiver has six assignable digital audio inputs (Two Coaxial and Three Optical), Analog stereo audio connections for a CD player or CD/Cassette audio recorder, and a subwoofer preamp output. The Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K also has a set of 5.1/7.1 channel audio inputs that can accommodate 5.1 channel DVD-Audio, SACD, Blu-ray, or HD-DVD 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio connection options. The Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K can also access multi-channel audio via its HDMI 1.3a connections. In addition, this receiver also has a set of 5.1/7.1 channel preamp outputs as well as 2-channel preamp outputs for multi-zone operation, and one digital optical audio output.
Audio Features - Sound Processing
The Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K features extensive surround sound processing options, and also has the ability to decode DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby TrueHD soundtracks on Blu-ray Discs and HD-DVDs via its HDMI inputs.
Amplifier Characteristics and Speaker Connections
Speaker connections consist of dual banana-plug-compatible multi-way speaker binding posts for all channels.
The Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K features HDMI pass through of high definition signals up to 1080p. Also, all standard definition video input signals are deinterlaced using and upscaled up to 1080p via the HDMI monitor outputs.
Front Panel Display, OSD, and LFE Features
The fluorescent front panel display and Onscreen menu system make setup and operation of the receiver easy and fast. Also featured is an adjustable crossover on the Subwoofer LFE (Low Frequency Effects) pre-out channel.
AM/FM/XM/Sirius Satellite Radio
The Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K not only has the standard AM/FM tuner, but also has built-in Sirius and XM reception capability.
iPOD Connectivity, Lip Synch, and Dialog Enchancement
A front mounted USB port allows an iPOD or Flash Drive to be plugged directly into the VSX-1018 without the need to purchase an additional accessory adapter. Using the wireless remote, you can navigate and access the files stored on your iPod or flash drive.
In addition, the incorporation of Lip-Synch adjustment on the Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K allows the user to compensate for audio/video time discrepancies that may be encountered from various sources.
Also included is Dialog Enhancement which insures understandable center channel sound levels when listening to DVD, Blu-ray, or HD-DVD multi-channel soundtracks.
MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration)
The Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K also features an automated speaker setup function called MCACC. By connecting the provided microphone to the receiver and following the instructions outlined in the user manual. The MCACC uses a series of test tones to determine the proper speaker levels, based on room acoustics.
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Hardware Used In This Review
Loudspeaker System 2 (5.1 Channels): EMP Tek HTP-551 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker Package (EF50C Center Channel Speaker,4 EF50 Bookshelf Speakers, E10s Powered Subwoofer.
Level checks made using a Radio Shack Sound Level Meter
Standard DVDs: Godsmack - Changes, House of the Flying Daggers, The Cave, Kill Bill - Vol 1/2, V For Vendetta, U571, Lord of Rings Trilogy, Master and Commander
Blu-ray Discs: A Night at the Museum, Across The Universe, Chronicles of Narnia, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, John Mayer - Where The Light Is, Hairspray, Ratatouille, Shakira - Oral Fixation Tour.
CDs: HEART - Dreamboat Annie, Nora Jones - Come Away With Me, Lisa Loeb - Firecracker, The Beatles - LOVE, Blue Man Group - The Complex, Eric Kunzel - 1812 Overture, Joshua Bell - Bernstein - West Side Story Suite.
DVD-Audio discs: Queen - Night At The Opera/The Game, Eagles - Hotel California, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood - Uninvisible, Sheila Nicholls - Wake.
SACD discs: Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon, Steely Dan - Gaucho, The Who - Tommy.
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