Pioneer’s new VSX-1124-K is Pioneer’s flagship VSX level Multi-Zone A/V Receiver.
If you are considering a Multi-Zone reciever and you have multiple devices to integrate, then this one should certainly be high on your list!
This is a 7.2 model, featuring 7 HDMI® inputs, and an energy saving Eco Mode. 165 watts per channel is certainly going to fill your space with sound. Plus, it offers advanced new technologies, such as 4K 60P Ultra HD Pass-through, and it’s Roku® and Spotify® Ready. It is also completely compatible with both Apple and Android devices.
A nice addition to the VSX-1124-K is that it now incorporates the ES9006 Sabre Premier audio DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter). Typically found on AV receivers twice as expensive, this new DAC provides superior Digital-to-Analog conversion with far less jitter than other DACs.
Like most of the Pioneer models, set-up is simple, using the MCACC Automation Room Calibration the entire process which you will find to be quick, easy and very accurate.
What is really great about Multi-Zone systems is that you can enjoy HDMI content that is different than what is be listened to in the main room. This is a very cool feature!
We tested the sound modes and found them to really make a difference. Dolby® TrueHD® and DTS-HD® Master Audio provide terrific sound in most applications, but we found DTS surroundmode to work really well with Netflix and Hulu-Plus which we accessed via a Roku player.
We found the VSX-1124-K’s 7 HDMI 2.0 inputs to be very welcomed. The HDMI inputs provide connectivity for all your sources like Blu-ray DiscTM players, cable boxes, and gaming consoles. The VSX-1124-K handles 4K2K 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 display, the Pioneer VSX-1124-K supports home theater systems dedicated to producing the highest quality picture available today. HDMI 2.0 is also backwards compatible with earlier versions of HDMI. The VSX-1124-K allows 4:4:4 based 4K2K 60P content to be handled offering up to 18GBPS throughput. One feature which we consider to be a necessity is HDMI Standby pass-Through, which allows your sources (cable box etc.) to pass through the receiver to the television even when it is in standby mode. We would never consider a receiver lacking this feature.
Apple® connectivity on the VSX-1124-K will not disappoint. Using the front USB input you can playback music and control the new iPhone® 5 and iPad mini. The USB port located conveniently on the front panel lets you play back all your favorite music files, like MP3, WMA and AAC files. A wireless adapter is also available, freeing you up to place the receiver wherever you like.
The built-in ethernet port on the VSX-1124-K is vital to unlocking all of the on-line content you’ll be able to access! Once connected to your home network you are able to easily access Pandora and the vTuner Music Services. Both of these services require you to have a (free) account but they are truly worth having. By downloading the Pioneer iControlAV5 Ap to your Smart Phone or Apple device you are able to control all functions of the VSX-1124-K without using the remote. Where we found this to be most useful was in using these services without having to turn on the television set. Love it! This new generation of receivers also allows you to access Spotify.
For the price, this Pioneer Multi-Zone receiver is truly impressive in its array of features and benefits. While we consider this model to be a great buy, consider the new SC- 81 if you are interested in even more advanced features.