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post #2461 of 2663
Advanced apologies, I have two rudimentary questions that are sure to annoy some.

1. In a 5.1 set-up, should my rear speakers ideally be set to surround, or surround back?Google isn't turning up anything relative, not could I find anything searching the thread.

2. I'm having some problems with my DirecTV receiver that's currently hooked into HDMI 1. I've seen reference made to switching the HDMI slot to PVR. Does that solve "video format not supported message" and a scrambled/wavy picture? If so, is that all I have to do (false wall is up, I want to make sure i get the right info before taking it down.

I apologize in advance if my searching should've turned up more results. There's a good chance my terminology/search input was the culprit.
post #2462 of 2663
1. A 5.1 setup uses "side" surrounds, while a 7.1 setup adds "rear" surrounds.
2. Cable/sat boxes often cause HDMI handshake issues. The best work around is to connect the DTV (HDMI) directly to the TV with DTV (optical) to the AVR for surround audio. Also note, that even when the DTV box works connected directly to the AVR, firmware updates to the box can also introduce HDMI handshake issues as well.
post #2463 of 2663
Cool, Thanks iafzal
Edited by fromdaatx - 11/4/12 at 11:10am
post #2464 of 2663
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Originally Posted by jdsmoothie View Post

1. A 5.1 setup uses "side" surrounds, while a 7.1 setup adds "rear" surrounds.
2. Cable/sat boxes often cause HDMI handshake issues. The best work around is to connect the DTV (HDMI) directly to the TV with DTV (optical) to the AVR for surround audio. Also note, that even when the DTV box works connected directly to the AVR, firmware updates to the box can also introduce HDMI handshake issues as well.

Perfect. Thanks for the info!
post #2465 of 2663
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Originally Posted by dhetric View Post

Help please!! My 1021 turns down 3db every 2 minutes. It does it on both my cable box HDMI input and Apple TV. I suspect Dial Norm but I can't find a way to turn it off. This is driving me crazy.


dave

Dave--

I'm having the same problem. It is worth noting that the distance of the drop (in most cases 3db) DOES seem to correspond to the current dialnorm-- i.e. I've seen mine drop faster, and on these occasions, the dialnorm has been set higher. Has anyone cast any light on this?
post #2466 of 2663
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Originally Posted by BIslander View Post


Dialnorm adjustments only happen once, at the start of the playback. There's no setting to bypass dialnorm. Simply turn up the volujme if you want it louder. But, if your volume is being lowered again and again, the problem is not dialnorm.

BIslander--

I replied to Dave's statement on this thread, and them saw that you answered his original post-- I told him that I'm having the same problem, and pointed out that the distance of the drop (in most cases 3db) DOES seem to correspond to the current dialnorm. It is (perhaps) worth noting as well that the fall in volume is NOT shown on IP based remotes (app "remotes" like iControlAV2 or the iTunes interface that otherwise graphically portray the current volume setting) until you attempt to raise the volume, at which point the "remote" rationalizes to the current level shown on the unit display. I bought my unit second-hand on ebay, and have had a hard time getting any use information from the previous owner to help quantify the problem. Any thoughts?
post #2467 of 2663
I just bought a 1021-K from Best Buy- open box, no manual/remote, etc. I have a tablet and a Harmony and I didn't need another cardboard box, so I figured I'd chance it. I think it was a demo unit at the store.

So far I really like it with one huge exception... I get 'sparklies', 'crackles' or 'buzzing' on the front right channel. This is the 4th or 5th receiver to feed these wires/speakers, so I don't suspect the non-AVR stuff, but I swapped the left and right speaker wires at the AVR and the problem changed speakers, so I'm confident in saying that there's something wrong with the AVR (or just the front right terminals) currently.

Is it something I can fix or workaround?

The sound coming out of that speaker sounds like a badly tuned radio. You know, full of sparklies and crackles (technical terms). Since it's just that speaker, it has an odd effect on the entire soundfield.

This is interesting- when using the android app- the balance function shows these sparklies on the right speaker. The circle shows uniform green-blue lights except for the 2 o'clock section which has some blinky lights.

The AVR didn't come with the set-up mic, but I have a Yamaha mic I'm going to try. I reset the AVR to factory defaults first thing, so I'm not hopeful that this sparkliness will go away through the set-up mic (of another brand- if that matters), but it's the next thing on my list to try.

What I'm assuming is that there is a physical hardware problem with the DAC or something on that channel. Could I use bi-amping (in a single amp kind of way) or reconfigure the Right High speaker terminals to somehow work around this problem? Any other ideas or tips? I can still return the sucker for another couple of weeks, but I got it basically for nothing so I'd like to spend a little more effort getting it to work.

Thanks in advance.
post #2468 of 2663
So I recently began streaming music from my iPad using Airplay (HMG) and the volume is much louder than normal sources. For example, I will occasionally listen to other sources louder than the initial "Volume Limit" of -20, but -20 through Airplay is crazy loud. This is dangerous because my fiance/friends could potentially damage my speakers by turning up the iPad volume over 3/4 of the way. Can I cap this source somehow?
post #2469 of 2663
My 1021 was totally unresponsive on the network side. I tried to reset the ip address to another one and it was just locked up. I ended up pulling the plug and then it was responsive. I then proceeded to check for updates and there were none. So this is the latest firmware and its still crappy. This along with the loss of DTS surround sound on unusual circumstances really makes me want to box this up in my garbage can and replace it with something much more stable. Are other people disappointed with t reliability of their 1021? Other people have mentioned losing audio. I have lost it multiple times on BOTH of my 1021's. Pioneer wants me to take it to a service center however it is very difficult if not impossible to reproduce

Neil
post #2470 of 2663
I've had this reciever for a little over a year now, and it has worked pretty flawlessly.

Today though I switched from my DirecTV box to my PS3 and the volume went super loud and I couldn't turn it back down, and now I get no sound. I'm getting video from my DirecTV and PS3, but getting no sound on either one.

Anyone have any ideas?
post #2471 of 2663
I have had my 1021 for a couple of years with very satisfactory results. After a recent power loss, when I restored the power and fiddled with the controls, I lost the remote capability both with the Pioneer remote and the iPad app. I think I may have foolishly changed the remote setting to "2" instead of "1". Now, of course, without remote controls I cannot get back the remote function and I can't for the life of me figure out how to do it on the receiver. Can someone give this couch potato some advice on restoring my remote capabilities? Thanks in advance.
post #2472 of 2663
Having learned to hate this receiver the only way I can figure out how to reset it is to pull the plug and plug it back in. If that doesn't fix it you can get right behind me in line to hate it smile.gif

Neil
post #2473 of 2663
I need help with two issues and appreciate any help!

First, almost daily I need to toggle the receiver on and off more than once bc the sound doesn't work correctly through hdmi and my verizon box... There will be no audio and sometimes a loud popping sound when I try to change channel or volume or really do anything via my cable box...then if I turn box and tv off and on. It should work normally... Any ideas?..


Also, recently my box is not being seen from any of my iOS devices, my Mac or even a windows computer intunes to use airplay.. But icontrolav app works so there is in fact network connectivity..

Thanks in advance!!
post #2474 of 2663
I have a new problem that just started happening. If anyone could help, i would greatly appreciate it.

I have a BluRay player hooked up thru my 1021 via HDMI. We went to watch a movie the other night, and the 1021 would switch to the BluRay input, but the TV would not display the picture, the TV said NO INPUT. The BluRay was working because i could see the counter on the display, but we had no picture or sound.

I tried everything I could think of, even unplugged the 1021, to no avail. What can I do to fix this problem?
post #2475 of 2663
I'm sorry if this has been answered. Does the 1021 overlay volume onscreen when using HDMI?
post #2476 of 2663
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Originally Posted by PTV Programmer View Post

I'm sorry if this has been answered. Does the 1021 overlay volume onscreen when using HDMI?
no
post #2477 of 2663
Is there a way to play Pandora via the 1021 ?

I can play it via the LG 55LW6500 but not just thru the 1021.

Anyone try this with any success ?
post #2478 of 2663
post #2479 of 2663
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Originally Posted by COMPUTIAC View Post

Is there a way to play Pandora via the 1021 ?
I can play it via the LG 55LW6500 but not just thru the 1021.
Anyone try this with any success ?

If you have an idevice, then yes, with the supplied cable that came with the receiver. I am able to play pandora thru my iphone and ipad.
post #2480 of 2663
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Originally Posted by jgrime View Post

If you have an idevice, then yes, with the supplied cable that came with the receiver. I am able to play pandora thru my iphone and ipad.

No, no i device.
So I guess I'm SOL on this ? and have to continue to play it thru the TV from the 1021 ?
post #2481 of 2663
1021 shutting off during louder scenes (when volume is up). I've checked all of my speaker wire...is there anything else someone can think to troubleshoot?
post #2482 of 2663
I need to be able to play sound from CD while watching TV without broadcast sound.

TV is Panasonic TC-L37U22, Blu-ray (what I use for CD) is Panasonic DMP-BDT210. They are linked up with HDMI to Pioneer.

How do I do this?
post #2483 of 2663
No one replies to all the problems. I don't get it. This unit plain sucks. Is everyone afraid to admit it? If I could replace mine I would do so ASAP. If anyone is reading this considering purchasing this unit I would vehemently recommend against it. I doubt that the newer units are any better.
post #2484 of 2663
Messing with some of the settings on my receiver. What does the video converter setting do? I see this setting on my iPad app. Is it better just to turn this off and let the TV do all of the picture control?
post #2485 of 2663
Did a quick search didn't pull much up regarding upscaling an sd signal with this receiver.

Just trying to get peoples opinions who have experience with upscaling an sd source with this receiver. My particular application would be hooking up a wii which can output a 480p signal to the receiver. I am hoping the receiver can scale up the image well, or just do a better job than my 111 would. I have read about the scaling chip in the 1021 to be a bit of a disappointment, but I would like to hear from others who may have some experience with that feature.

Thank you in advance.
post #2486 of 2663
I compared my 1021 to my TV feeding a 480i signal from a Sony 590. My TV, a Panny GT30 did a better job of deinterlacing and scaling than the Pio. The Pio produced a picture with a lot of noise in black areas.
post #2487 of 2663
I have a vsx-1021 connected to a home computer with a NVIDIA gt-430. When I power the receiver up, it keeps "flashing" trying to establish a connection and then it gives up. I VPNed into the HTPC and everything seems to be working properly on the computer side. I tried to change the graphic card settings (resolution, frequency, etc.) without any luck. Does anybody have any advice on which settings I could have messed up? I just swapped the graphic card from an AMD one and everything was working fine before. Thanks
post #2488 of 2663
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Originally Posted by heffneil View Post

No one replies to all the problems. I don't get it. This unit plain sucks. Is everyone afraid to admit it? If I could replace mine I would do so ASAP. If anyone is reading this considering purchasing this unit I would vehemently recommend against it. I doubt that the newer units are any better.
You've got a bunch of odd and as you've mentioned difficult to reproduce issues, Pioneer has suggested you bring it to a service center and as far as I can tell in the thread you didn't. Just because you can't reproduce it on demand doesn't mean that it might not fail another diagnostic they might run.

I just don't see that being Pioneers fault. You're also asking about a unit that's last years model, and a lot of folks around here read the thread for a while when the unit is new and move on. Plenty of us are very happy with the unit and it has performed well for us, I'm one of those folks.
post #2489 of 2663
If I can't reproduce it how can the service center? Also I use these units everyday so dropping them off for an extended period of time isn't an option. Lastly I was air streaming audio from my iPad the other day and the only way I could get my other sources to work properly was to unplug the device entirely. And I bought mine a year ago so I'd hardly blame this as being dated. Personally they are rotten pos and I regret buying them or recommending them to friends. I was excited about the ip control and nothing else. Ill never own another pioneer product again. Perhaps after I replace them I can take them to the service center.
post #2490 of 2663
I've been very happy with my 1021 over the year I've been using it. The 7.1 sound quality is fine, Airplay and the iPad app work like a charm, Zone 2 is functioning as I wish it to. If it had better internet radio implementation I would use it, but I have everything I really need in that department, and for DLNA, via other means already attached to my system. For less than $300 this was supposed to be a temporary replacement for a failing Onkyo, but at the moment I see no reason to replace it.

Is my unit simply a better sample than other people's? Is there something about my home network, or my system configuration, or the RF environment in my home that makes mine work where others' fail? Am I asking less of my 1021 than anyone else? I have no idea. But if I have not had a problem, I haven't had to solve it, so I have nothing to offer when such a problem is posted.

But I don't think I've ever gotten so much bang for so few bucks in my home theatre except, perhaps, for my now-five year old PS3 (seemed expensive at the time, is now the second-oldest and by far the most-used unit in my system).
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