Originally Posted by happy2Lurk
I ordered the 1222 from newegg Sunday ($549) - should arrive tomorrow. Just talked with newegg - got the $20 off! I don't know what they'll do if you already have it but if you are like me, just point out that you can refuse delivery and re-order with the promo code. Worked for me.
Did you call them or just chat online?
Remember who you talked to by any chance?
I set mine up last night but not completely (school night = no time to run the room correction, test movies, etc).
A few initial thoughts:
The UI isnt *that* bad. Its not quite as polished as the Onkyo 809 I had before, but functionality-wise its pretty much the same. Now, the avr itself is missing a few neat features that the Onkyo had (you could +/-db depending on input format [DD, DTS, etc] on the Onkyo, you could also specify a default format per input)
HDMI pass through works differently (and better) than the Onkyo: the Onkyo seems to have left the HDMI board "lit up" regardless of if there was an incoming signal and/or if the TV was on. The Pio seems to only leave the HDMI board active if there is an incoming signal. It also runs a LOT cooler than the Onkyo did: the case stays cold even with passthrough on and a signal coming in. The Onkyo would get warm enough to feel it....probably not a huge issue, but if left on 24/7 who knows. Im assuming the Pio is using less power too.
HDMI source switching and bootup time is faster than the Onkyo. The Pio let me see exactly what happens when I boot cold: the HDMI signal is at the receiver immediately, but when the TV comes on the signal drops from the AVR then comes back on. I assume this is the TV handshaking/syncing with the AVR. This is part of the reason it was so slow on the Onkyo, only the Onkyo didnt "show" what was happening. Either way its still 5-10 seconds faster on a cold boot than the Onkyo was. Source switching is about 10 to 15 seconds faster.
I noticed a lot of complaints in the Google Play Store about Pioneers android app. Well, I installed it, it found my receiver and every thing I tried with it worked just fine. Not quite sure what all the complaints are about. The only "issue" would be if you dont have network standby enabled, the app cant see the avr until its powered up. Its not an issue with the app, I'm not sure why anyone would expect something that is essentially unplugged to be found on the network. Im also curious to try the VSX Remote app, which seems to have a LOT more functionality than the Pioneer app, but costs 3.00. The developer told me that it should be compatible with the 1222K. I used the basic version to confirm I can connect to it, switch inputs, etc but the full version gives you access to a ton of stuff.
I know, the most important part is the audio but I havent gotten there yet. Hopefully this weekend Ill get to play with it. Will post back my results.