Originally Posted by jasonpctech
Here we are in 2012 and I still really like my VSX-1020 however I think at some point this year I may upgrade to a Pre-amp output model Most likely a Elite model but I will wait and see how they deal with the upcoming iOS device port change later this year. Time will tell. If you can find a cheap used 1020 and have efficient speakers like 98+ db this is a fine choice for most home settings, just add a decent subwoofer.
Well very high efficiency speakers are not very common, and I can assure you that the receiver does very well with a wide range of speakers. Mine are around 90dB and the receiver is not the limiting factor in terms of volume: my ears are. The sub is a given though
That would be an interesting topic for this thread: how do you feel about your 1020, 2-3 years later
I for one bought mine in 2011 at heavy discount, so i'm still into my first year. My previous receiver was the 520 and I upgraded in order to have more input ports, upconversion, net radio built-in, and more features in general. I'm quite satisfied with the thing.
One of my favorite perks with respect to the 520 is having a more complete display, with fine volume control, audio channel indicators, etc.
However reasons that makes me want to upgrade include:
- feeble attemps at reconnecting (once? a few seconds later?) if a net radio stream is lost, resulting in just no audio if the stream is cut for more than a few seconds.
- no on-screen volume display when changing volume
- some settings are tedious to change. E.g. if you want to put the receiver in extended stereo mode (nice for listening to ambiant music), you have to press "advanced surround" like 10 times, and there is no shortcut possible to that setting, even using iControlAV. Then if you put a blu-ray in afterwards, since the device is already in a "surround" mode, it won't revert automatically to normal 5.1 or 7.1 surround. Yes, I've been bitten, listening to half a movie before realizing the receiver was still in extended stereo.
- iControlAV is basically useless.
- I think I would like a per-channel crossover, and more flexibility in the cut-off. Right now I have to chose between 50 and 80 Hz for speakers that have frequency responses between 34 and 60 Hz.
- Subwoofer EQing would be very nice (I think only Audissey MultEQ XT and XT32-equipped receivers do that -- is there a Pio with subwoofer EQ?). But I decided on a standalone solution anyway.
Sound-wise though, I have no complaint. I won't upgrade for a while anyway, if the Pio manages to not bust in the meantime.