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Review: Pioneer VSX-1015TX

For my latest home theater I chose the Pioneer VSX-1015TX. This is currently the top of Pioneer's low end line of receivers. They also have a higher end line called Pioneer Elite. The 1015 would be very similar to the bottom of the the Eilte line.

For my latest home theater I chose the Pioneer VSX-1015TX. This is currently the top of Pioneer's low end line of receivers. They also have a higher end line called Pioneer Elite. The 1015 would be very similar to the bottom of the the Eilte line.

For my latest home theater I chose the Pioneer VSX-1015TX. This is currently the top of Pioneer's low end line of receivers. They also have a higher end line called Pioneer Elite. The 1015 would be very similar to the bottom of the the Eilte line.

The 1015 is a feature packed receiver. I won't list everything here, just the features that stand out to me, I love the auto set-up feature. There is a microphone with a long cord that you place in your lsitening position and the receiver palys test tones that is analyzes throught the microphone. It is a good thing for me that the cord is long as my receiver is located in a separate projection room behind my home theater. The cord just reaches the seating position. After the test tones the receiver takes a minute to interpret the results before making the necessary settings.

The set-up will very accurately measure the distance to your speakers and adjust the time delay on each channel to adjust to your actual configuration. It will also decide if your speakers are large or small, which mainly affects how much bass it will send to them or if it will send most of the bass to the sub-woofer.

I have found this is a good starting point but don't be afraid to tweak the settings to your liking. For example for the superbowl I turned the surround channels way up and the center channel down. That way we got a lot more crowd noise and less of the announcers. It was a lot more like being there. For movies I tend to like a little more surround than the receiver will apply, so I crank up the surrounds a little higher.

I also like the remote and it does a good job as a universal remote and controls some of my other components like the DVD player.

This receiver has plenty of power to drive my system to the wife limits. I don't know if I have ever turned it up all the way but it is plenty loud and I have never noticed any clipping.

I have had good luck with Pioneer receivers in the past and feel confident that I will get years of use out of this one.

I bought this receiver slightly used on EBay ($400) from a poor soul who apparently didn't get wife approval before making a major purchase. It turns out he lived close by and I went over and picked it up. He sheepishly handed it to me in the driveway as I assured him I would give it a good home.