Originally Posted by Ken 555
I'm new to the forum but I have to say after reviewing all the posts regarding the Pioneer 1020, I'm surprised that there seems to be very few end users that are completelely happy with this AVR. By contrast, I went to the Onkyo 608 thread (the other AVR I was considering) and even though there are some setup/configuration issues, the general consensus seems to be much more positive. I'm considering cancelling my order for the 1020 and buying the 608 for aroung the same money. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated
I have both. The 1020 has some advantages over the 608, but also has quirks and problems.
- power efficiency (output/draw about 3x better), runs much cooler, no fan
- iPhone/iPod integration
- USB/networking/Internet radio
- noticeably better video upscaling quality
- learning remote
- 20% less power, no THX cert.
- no overlaid OSD for volume
- OSD setup does not handle everything, half of settings are not available there
- no HDMI ARC
- limitations on input assignments
- volume indicator is negative (in dB) - fine by me but may affect WAF
- remote is poorly laid out and crowded, no direct buttons for HDMI inputs
- loud clicking when audio mode switches (happens a lot between main program and commercials)
And the one serious problem:
- persistent and frequent HDMI signal dropouts when used with Samsung 3D blueray player.
This problem seems to affect PCM stereo signal (such as CD playback, or a typical DVD/BD menu). Seems like 1020 can't make up its mind whether the signal is 5.1 or 2.0, so it switches back and forth, causing audio hiccups and video blinking/flickering. This happens even while playback is paused (I see stereo/PCM indicator flip on the receiver and TV screen keeps blinking).
I hope it's just a bad unit. I don't have another HDMI BD/DVD unit to try. But this does not happen with 608 in place of 1020. If anyone has Samsung BD-C6900 and 1020, please share your observations.