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Pioneer VSX-1015TXK
6 Reviews
rating  4.67 of 5
MSRP  377.00
Description: <ul> <li>THX Select 2 for high-impact</li> <li>Advanced Surround Processing</li> <li>Dolby Pro Logic II x decoding</li> <li>Dolby Digital EX</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CCSWebWeaver a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Purchased new at Best Buy. Replaced aging Pioneer VSX-454.

Nice power, great features.

MCACC Auto Setup works wonders.

Upconvert of DVDs is awesome.

Currently driving simultaneously in 7-channel stereo mode:
1 pr Klipsch RF7 - Front A
1 pr Klipsch RF25 - Surrounds
1 pr Klipsch Heresy-II - Front B or second zone, depending on how I set it up.
1 aging Cerwin-Vega HT-CTR - Soon to be replaced by a Klipsch RC52-II - its in the mail!

Claimed output of 120x7 to all channels driven simultaneously seems a a little high for a 34 pound AV receiver rated at drawing only 485 watts max. Runs hot when pushing all 7 speakers listed above at higher volumes for extended periods, but it never complains (tho sometimes the neighbors do complain - LOL).

Mostly neutral sound, especially in "Direct" mode.
Two-channel stereo separation is pleasant, but very dependend upon speaker placement.
Surround sound processing is excellent.
Automatic setup is excellent.

Cons: Remote is not back-lit, and its buttons are small and close together.
Size: Too big for standard audio rack

Prior to purchasing the 1015, I tested many similar units, including Denon, Yamaha, Onkyo, HK; for the money the hefty Pioneer 1015TX was a surprisingly good value.

After 5 years with this receiver, I have experienced ZERO problems with the unit. I think I may have changed the batteries in the remote - once.

Definitely a capable device for your home theater needs, designed for coverage up to 2,000 sq ft.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a_ponce80 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This Pioneer receiver to me represents great performance and value especially compared to other A/V receivers in the same price range.
I bought this reciever online when it first came out. I had just bought Infinity
Primus series speakers(c25,360'sx2,160'sx2
and the ps12 powered subwoofer)and was looking for a reciever with enough power for these speakers. I came across the pioneer and it had everything I was looking for 120wpc,plus tons of connections (no HDMI) but for me this is not a problem and it is also pretty nice looking too. So to make a long story short
after I plugged everything I set up the auto-calibration(with the supplied microphone) and let that baby go to work.
Everything looked good except it made the speaker distances too far from the listening position after I adjusted them I put on Gladiator in DTS and BAM! this thing rocked the house I went to about -10
on the volume control. Very cool.
All in all this is a very good reciever for the money it especially shines with DTS movies. If you can live without the HDMI jack then I would definitly recommend
this reciever.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by croseiv a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This receiver has been in my system for four months now, and I can honestly tell you that it is an incredible value. It is a re-badged VSX-52TX less a few of the Eliteisms. I have owned three different Pioneer receivers in the past. An SX-2300, a VSX-501S, and most recently the VSX-1015TX. The quality of receiver has definitely improved over the years coming from Pioneer in the 300-500 dollars price range. It is amazing what the company has crammed into this product for the price ($449.64 paid at Best Buy).

Concerning the VSX-1015TX power supply, it is rated at 120 wpc at 0.2 % distortion (20Hz-20kHz). A look at the owner’s manual shows that it is also rated as 110 wpc at 0.09% distortion. This thing is spec’d identically to the VSX-52TX. Both receivers use a pair of 15,000 uF capacitors. The transformer in the 1015 is beefy, and the internals are very well laid out. All of these things are signs of a quality receiver. I have read that the amplifier is identical between the two as well, and I actually got a confirmation from Pioneer via email that the amplifiers are in fact the same. The dimensions are identical and the weight is only 0.2 lbs different between the 1015 and the 52 (the 52 is the heavier of the two). Both units use a single Motorla DSP chip. A great value is to be had in the 1015TX.

As far as I can tell, there are only a few differences between the VSX-52TX and the VSX-1015TX. First, there is an RS-232 jack on the rear of the 52 (which is for “future” improvements). The 1015 has an extra set of composite video inputs on the rear. The front panel of the 52 slants back a little at the top, but the 1015's plate is more symmetrically shaped. Also the 1015 is THX select 2 certified compared to THX select for the 52. This means that the 1015 will produce THX reference level volume (105 dB) in a 2000 cu ft. room when properly calibrated, without distortion. Also, the 1015 has blue lettering while the 52 has gold letters, and of course the face plate of the 52 says ELITE on the front. The 52 has a trans-stabilizer in the chasis to dampen vibrations.

After running the MCACC I found that I needed to manually adjust the equalization to get it sounding the way I liked. I use a subwoofer(PSW650), so I had to change the speakers to small (MCACC likes to set them to large) in order to get it to work. It took me about a month to really get the system sounding the way I like it. Boy does it really rock nowadays.

I really have been pleased with this receiver (I’ve had it for six months now). It sounds fabulous and has abundant power. With my Polk speakers, it makes a very good match. If you by this thing you are getting a VSX-52TX with some upgrades. I am glad to have it, and would pick it again over the new VSX-1016TX which is due to be released any day now. The 1016 departs from the 1015/52 ADE mosfet design and opts for the bipolar approach. Will this affect sound quality? It will be interesting to see.

Pros:

Elite quality at a very affordable price (power supply and amp are same as VSX-52TX)
Very stylish look with the fold down plate.
Nice looking blue light on the power button


Cons:
No lip sync delay (not a problem if you aren’t using HD DLP monitors)
Could use a couple more optical inputs
No HDMI in/outs (but I don’t need it)

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KENtheJAP a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This receiver got so much goodies for incredibly reasonable price. As you know it is the world first receiver to have THX-Select2. It also have the most accurate Automatic MCACC(actually measures and calibrates your audio system for sonic perfection specifically for your living room, regardless of shape or size, automatically.) Hometheater sound is clear and powerfull.
Definitely, it's one of the best sounding receivers for the price! You're not gonna be disappointed
.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $387.00

Purchased At:   Ideal AV



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ttskyline01 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This receiver is the best one I bought for the money!! It has everything in it, like for example it has the latest surround formats like Dolby Digital and DD EX as well as DTS, DTS ES Matrix and Discrete and DTS 96/24 and others like Dolby Pro Logic, DPL II and DPL IIx and as well as the THX Select 2 Certified modes. The amp section has 120 going to all 7 speakers. It has a 7.1 pre out section for use with power amps if you should need it down the road. And for you people who do not know how to setup your speakers, the receiver has the MCACC system so that it can correctly determined your size and distance of the speakers from the supplied mic. overall this is one beast of the receiver. Also the receiver has up conversion through all of the video inputs like composite to s-video or component video.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $459.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy




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