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post #5071 of 5112 Old 01-30-2016, 03:47 PM
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How are these holding up for people?

Mine just turned 5 years old. It's on about 16 hours a day and has had a 200mm fan exhausting from the top of it since day 1. I remember reading about a number of early failures which I attributed mostly to heat stress. I hope I'm not just lucky..? I'll continue to use it as long as it lasts.
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Mine still ran perfectly until it was replaced by a a used Denon 4520ci, which needed $350 in repairs & worked for a few weeks before all the HDMI inputs started acting flakey. Returned the 1120 back into service, then replaced it with a used Onkyo, which started turning my TV set off after a while. Back went the Pioneer, until I finally broke down & bought a new Marantz SR6010. The 1120 was /is a great AVR then & now. Am keeping it as a backup, cuz yah never know!!
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We're 5 years in on ours and it's been rock solid, zero issues, since Day One. We upgraded to some uber power hungry 4 ohm speakers for the C, FR and FL almost 2 years ago, and since then the 1120 gets an Emotiva assist pushing those. But as you say, it's been a great AVR, and does all the switching and decoding we need. Except Atmos and X, of course, but we're patient. Or cheap. (Actually, mostly just cheap.) 😜
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Been using this receiver since the day it came out with no problems so far. In fact, this is the only piece of A/V gear I haven't updated in the past two years.

I recently purchased an LG EG9100 OLED. Between that and getting the new AppleTV I actually came on here to see if anyone has any setting suggestions. Right now I have ATV, PS3, & DirectTV going into 1120 via HDMI & then 1120 going into OLED via HDMI.

Since these newer panels now support 24fps wasn't sure if have 1120 processing was still necessary (or even best).

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Been using this receiver since the day it came out with no problems ... recently purchased an LG EG9100 OLED ... I came on to see if anyone has any setting suggestions. Right now I have ATV, PS3, & DirectTV going into 1120 via HDMI & then 1120 going into OLED via HDMI.
That sounds like the best way to do it, absent some special reason not to.

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Since these newer panels now support 24fps wasn't sure if 1120 processing was still necessary (or even best).
That depends on what you mean exactly by "1120 processing" -- how do you have your 1120 set currently? (I'm one of the many that don't use the 1120's video processing any longer.)

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That sounds like the best way to do it, absent some special reason not to.



That depends on what you mean exactly by "1120 processing" -- how do you have your 1120 set currently? (I'm one of the many that don't use the 1120's video processing any longer.)

Tell us how you like your new OLED!
For AppleTV (HDMI 2 port)
I had the video conversion still w resolution set to 1080 and PureCinema to auto. Everything else is set factory. Curious as to why haven't used yours in a while? Not saying it's wrong, pure curiosity...


I've got audio parameter to pure direct.

I refused LCD as I HATE ghosting. Always thought plasma was better bc black levels and processing speed. When I saw OLED I finally saw something that was so good I couldn't resist. Little over a week and so far it hasn't disappointed. Still tweaking but wow, it's incredible!

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I see some of you have apple tv connected to the 1120. I assume it connects directly with hdmi, is that correct?

Does it enable airplay from an iphone through the apple tv to the receiver? Both music and video? Are any special settings required for the 1120? Does it seem to work well?

I tried the bluetooth adapter years ago and found it to be next to useless, so I'm trying to find out if apple tv is a better solution.

Thanks for any info you can provide.
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I see some of you have apple tv connected to the 1120. I assume it connects directly with hdmi, is that correct?

Does it enable airplay from an iphone through the apple tv to the receiver? Both music and video? Are any special settings required for the 1120? Does it seem to work well?

I tried the bluetooth adapter years ago and found it to be next to useless, so I'm trying to find out if apple tv is a better solution.

Thanks for any info you can provide.
One more question -- can I get the airplay music to play over Zone 2 speakers?
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I just picked up this bad boy on Craigslist. I know it unfortunately doesn't support dlna/airplay but it has an ethernet port for some remote controls and Internet radio.
I figured out how to connect it on my network and change the internet radio station URLs. Now I'd like to stream music from my pc locally on my network.

I tried using VLC to stream over http. I set the station url to my ip: (not a link) 192.168.1.201:8080
I only get a connection error. Does this receiver not work with local network streams? Do I have to stream a specific format? Do I have to forward router ports or other shenanigans?

Has anyone successfull used a PC (shoutcast? Icecast?) to stream locally to the internet radio function?
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I managed moderate success using an Icecast server + butt to stream a virtual audio cable to myip:8000/stream
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- ONLY works with mp3 streaming so far. Connection error reported for Ogg vorbis, FLAC, AAC, and opus format.
- 48khz on the audio output or input devices causes horrible noise, but 44.1khz is clean.

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Mine is apparently dead. We had a lightning strike a tree in our yard. Killed the cable box, modem, tap and a splitter, along with my 1120. It comes on...takes literally a minute to do so. You can switch inputs, etc, but it will not output anything to my amp. (I use the preamp outs for an external amp)

I assume it is kaput.

This sucks. I still loved this receiver. Bought it probably 3-4 years ago off Craigslist and only gave $175 for it. I'm not going to smell a deal like that now for any receiver with preamp outs.

What's funny is, it was plugged into the same surge protector that my 65" VT60, 3 game systems and the cable box were, but only the receiver and cable box got hurt. Everything else is okay.
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What's funny is, it was plugged into the same surge protector that my 65" VT60, 3 game systems and the cable box were, but only the receiver and cable box got hurt. Everything else is okay.
And the coax probably isn't surge protected the same way the power is (if at all). Sounds like the power surge came in on the coax, and the cable box passed it on to the receiver (this can happen even via HDMI, I have been told).

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Curious as to why haven't used your [video processing] in a while? Not saying it's wrong, pure curiosity...
Sorry, this delayed response is brought to you courtesy of my lazy arse getting way too busy there for a while. But on the video processing thing, my whole goal is to get the purest, most unprocessed signal from the shiny disc to the display (in my case a projected image). I don't want anything to do anything to it. Then get as good an ISF calibration as I can, so the rendered image is as faithfully replicated as possible.

Same general approach on the audio side, although I tend to push the LFE a little, or even a lot. The purist in me gets horrified. But I do it anyway.

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One more question -- can I get the airplay music to play over Zone 2 speakers?
Well I'm sure you've figured this out by now but the ATV Airplay works great. Never had an issue with it. Not sure about zone 2 though

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How are these holding up for people?

Mine just turned 5 years old. It's on about 16 hours a day and has had a 200mm fan exhausting from the top of it since day 1. I remember reading about a number of early failures which I attributed mostly to heat stress. I hope I'm not just lucky..? I'll continue to use it as long as it lasts.

Mine consistently takes 45 minutes to turn on. It sits on "POWER ON" for about this time, turns on, but it is not functional. Cycling power results in it actually turning on again correctly and quickly.

This is fairly consistent, but it is super annoying. I'm getting tired of this because it means we need to know ~1 hour in advance when we are going to watch a movie.

I'm also at a loss for what would cause this after much aggravation trying to fix it... don't really want to bite the bullet and buy a new receiver as this one "works."
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Mine consistently takes 45 minutes to turn on. It sits on "POWER ON" for about this time, turns on, but it is not functional. Cycling power results in it actually turning on again correctly and quickly.

This is fairly consistent, but it is super annoying. I'm getting tired of this because it means we need to know ~1 hour in advance when we are going to watch a movie.

I'm also at a loss for what would cause this after much aggravation trying to fix it... don't really want to bite the bullet and buy a new receiver as this one "works."
I had a piece of rack audio gear that did the same thing. What I did to work around it was leave the power switch in the "on" position constantly and turn it on and off by turning the powerstrip on and off. Turning the unit on directly had a 20% chance of booting up fully whereas leaving it in the on position and switching it at the powerstrip worked 100% of the time. I know, bizarre. You, of course, cannot try this fix since our receivers have a momentary power switch as opposed to latching.

Anyway, eventually I replaced the internal power supply and it fixed the problem. It was very sensitive to current variation at startup, in my opinion, and having it all-on and ready for power from the second power was allowed through the powerstrip made all the difference. It's possible your AVR is similarly starved at startup as well and stalls during the crucial boot process. It's probably serviceable, but I can't say if it's worth it at this point. All you can really try without cracking it open is blowing it out--dust causes more issues than most people realize.
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I had a piece of rack audio gear that did the same thing. What I did to work around it was leave the power switch in the "on" position constantly and turn it on and off by turning the powerstrip on and off. Turning the unit on directly had a 20% chance of booting up fully whereas leaving it in the on position and switching it at the powerstrip worked 100% of the time. I know, bizarre. You, of course, cannot try this fix since our receivers have a momentary power switch as opposed to latching.

Anyway, eventually I replaced the internal power supply and it fixed the problem. It was very sensitive to current variation at startup, in my opinion, and having it all-on and ready for power from the second power was allowed through the powerstrip made all the difference. It's possible your AVR is similarly starved at startup as well and stalls during the crucial boot process. It's probably serviceable, but I can't say if it's worth it at this point. All you can really try without cracking it open is blowing it out--dust causes more issues than most people realize.

Wow, the power strip "hack" seems to work - or at least it has all the times I've tried it this evening. Now I just have to remember not to turn off the receiver with the remote or the TV...

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Haha that's great. I discounted it as a solution in your case because I didn't think our AVRs remembered the power state upon AC loss, but it sounds like they do after all. Good to know since I'll likely have my 1120 until it dies. Glad it worked for you!
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Haha that's great. I discounted it as a solution in your case because I didn't think our AVRs remembered the power state upon AC loss, but it sounds like they do after all. Good to know since I'll likely have my 1120 until it dies. Glad it worked for you!

It seems to be working? I've been able to cycle power tonight in ways that previously never would have worked.

There's no guarantee it works as intended at this point. I mean, it is broken somehow...

But this thing has been flaky for several years now with respect to this, so who knows Maybe it'll break again in a few months/years...
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Hey guys,

Brushed my VSX-1120 off and am looking to use it as audio only. I have Sony X850D TV that I'd like to use for all the inputs and video but am mainly just looking to use the 1120 for audio only to a home theater. I have an optical cable connected and set to TV/SAT but I can't seem to figure out how to get the audio working. Consulted the user's manual but can't get any clarity. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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You probably need to go into the input settings and see what audio input is associated with the TV/SAT.
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Proper Connections

Need some help from 1120 owners.
I put my system back together this past month, and everything was fine, until I tried hooking up a new tv.
It is the TCL S405, and I have my receiver hdmi 'out' to the TCL HDMI 1, and on the panel it says it recognizes no AV receiver. But I am getting pass through, as my dvd players are plugged into the receiver, and I am getting surround sound.
However, I am getting a terrible blurred motion picture, mainly from my players, not so much when the processing is done in the set through its Roku setup. All hdmi cables are new, as I thought that a 1.3 might be the problem.
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The TV's main menu is not recognizing any of the three hdmi connections, though the blu-ray and other dvds are playing through the receiver.
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Need some help from 1120 owners. I put my system back together this past month, and everything was fine, until I tried hooking up a new tv ...
Did you have an "old tv" hooked into the exact same spot with nothing else changed right before that?

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Yes, mogrub.
I had the old plasma in the ARC direct out jack. And it did push the signal out to the new tv. But it used to 'sense' which hdmi input jack was active. I have 3 dvd players, and a Roku 3. But now I have to manually toggle the remote to go to each hdmi outlet.
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Not getting a subwoofer signal from my receiver (Pioneer VSX-1120-K)

I have a 8-yr-old home theater setup that's been working just fine, but about a month ago I realized that the subwoofer (Polk PSW10) wasn't putting out any signal. The receiver is the Pioneer VSX-1120-K.

Now, the SUB gets power, and the driver doesn't seem to be damaged. (It'll make a humming sound, for example, when I loosely connect the RCA cable to the SUB and move it around.) But when I run the MCACC calibration on the receiver, it won't find the SUB. Doesn't matter if I have the speakers set to SMALL or not. MCACC will send out test signals at the start of the calibration routine, find the front and center speakers but not the SUB. So, it'll automatically set the speakers to LARGE and run the cal.

I'm starting to suspect that the problem lies with the receiver, that it isn't putting out a subwoofer (preout) signal. Another reason i suspect this is that when I put the SUB power switch to the middle position (AUTO), the power indicator stays yellow. If the SUB was receiving a signal, it'd turn green. I have replaced the cable thinking maybe that was the problem, but it hasn't helped. So, now i have to figure out what's really going on, and I was hoping you guys could give me some ideas on how to diagnose my problem.

Thank you for your help.

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I have a 8-yr-old home theater setup that's been working just fine, but about a month ago I realized that the subwoofer (Polk PSW10) wasn't putting out any signal. The receiver is the Pioneer VSX-1120-K.

Now, the SUB gets power, and the driver doesn't seem to be damaged. (It'll make a humming sound, for example, when I loosely connect the RCA cable to the SUB and move it around.) But when I run the MCACC calibration on the receiver, it won't find the SUB. Doesn't matter if I have the speakers set to SMALL or not. MCACC will send out test signals at the start of the calibration routine, find the front and center speakers but not the SUB. So, it'll automatically set the speakers to LARGE and run the cal.

I'm starting to suspect that the problem lies with the receiver, that it isn't putting out a subwoofer (preout) signal. Another reason i suspect this is that when I put the SUB power switch to the middle position (AUTO), the power indicator stays yellow. If the SUB was receiving a signal, it'd turn green. I have replaced the cable thinking maybe that was the problem, but it hasn't helped. So, now i have to figure out what's really going on, and I was hoping you guys could give me some ideas on how to diagnose my problem.

Thank you for your help.
I'm still using my old pioneer AVR as well.
But I did have a similar thing happen when the unit was new. One day, for no apparent reason, sub just would not work, no matter what I did.

Mine is something like 1018, the last of the THX certified AVRs from that time with full 7.1 pre out's.

Lucky for me, at the time, my AVR was still under warranty and I was able to get the sub pre out fixed. Bad solder joint or something.

So it could very well be that the pre out has died and you have to decide if it is worth repairing or upgrading now.

From my perspective, upgrading to a unit with full pre out's and THX processing is a couple of grand now. I scored the AVR for less than 800 at the time and even though it is only HDMI 1.3, it has served me well.

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I'm still using my old pioneer AVR as well.
But I did have a similar thing happen when the unit was new. One day, for no apparent reason, sub just would not work, no matter what I did.

Mine is something like 1018, the last of the THX certified AVRs from that time with full 7.1 pre out's.

Lucky for me, at the time, my AVR was still under warranty and I was able to get the sub pre out fixed. Bad solder joint or something.

So it could very well be that the pre out has died and you have to decide if it is worth repairing or upgrading now.

From my perspective, upgrading to a unit with full pre out's and THX processing is a couple of grand now. I scored the AVR for less than 800 at the time and even though it is only HDMI 1.3, it has served me well.

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Thank you, Mark! I think you hit the nail on the head. It's probably a bad preout, a bad solder joint, and the like. Of course, the unit is long out of warranty. I bought the receiver for $700 back in 2010. Been meaning to "upgrade" to a newer model and a simpler one. I don't need 7.1 and I certainly don't need all those preouts. Time to go looking for a new receiver, I guess.
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Thank you, Mark! I think you hit the nail on the head. It's probably a bad preout, a bad solder joint, and the like. Of course, the unit is long out of warranty. I bought the receiver for $700 back in 2010. Been meaning to "upgrade" to a newer model and a simpler one. I don't need 7.1 and I certainly don't need all those preouts. Time to go looking for a new receiver, I guess.
Good luck in the search for a new AVR.

Unlike you, I do need pre-outs now because my LCRs are active (have been since 2010) and partly why I didn't bother upgrading to anything HDMI 1.4 along the way. I now want to upgrade to 11CH ATMOS meaning any of the 9CH AVRs with assignable amplifiers (Yamaha 3070 for example) will work, but at 4x what I paid for this Pioneer + additional speakers and cables.

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Good luck in the search for a new AVR.

Unlike you, I do need pre-outs now because my LCRs are active (have been since 2010) and partly why I didn't bother upgrading to anything HDMI 1.4 along the way. I now want to upgrade to 11CH ATMOS meaning any of the 9CH AVRs with assignable amplifiers (Yamaha 3070 for example) will work, but at 4x what I paid for this Pioneer + additional speakers and cables.
Thanks Mark. Since we're both looking to upgrade our receivers, albeit at different levels of performance, perhaps you could give me a couple of pointers. For me, I think a receiver that can handle a 5.2.2 system will be enough. I am inclined to move away from Pioneer. I have been considering the Denon AVR-X3400H but keep reading that they're less reliable than Yamaha. Obviously, 4K but I would also like to have capabilities for Dolby Atmos and Vision. So, if I could ask an uninformed question: What receivers would you recommend in the $500-700 price range?
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Thanks Mark. Since we're both looking to upgrade our receivers, albeit at different levels of performance, perhaps you could give me a couple of pointers. For me, I think a receiver that can handle a 5.2.2 system will be enough. I am inclined to move away from Pioneer. I have been considering the Denon AVR-X3400H but keep reading that they're less reliable than Yamaha. Obviously, 4K but I would also like to have capabilities for Dolby Atmos and Vision. So, if I could ask an uninformed question: What receivers would you recommend in the $500-700 price range?
I just replaced my (perfectly functional) Pioneer 1120 with the Denon X3400, right in the middle of your budget. You can search slickdeals for the post on who is selling it and how for this price. Only reason I upgraded, is I wanted 4k HDMI switching, so I don't have to use ARC for sound from 4K apps on my TV. ARC is a cluster.

No idea what I'll do with my Pioneer now...
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Thanks Mark. Since we're both looking to upgrade our receivers, albeit at different levels of performance, perhaps you could give me a couple of pointers. For me, I think a receiver that can handle a 5.2.2 system will be enough. I am inclined to move away from Pioneer. I have been considering the Denon AVR-X3400H but keep reading that they're less reliable than Yamaha. Obviously, 4K but I would also like to have capabilities for Dolby Atmos and Vision. So, if I could ask an uninformed question: What receivers would you recommend in the $500-700 price range?
In the entry to mid level, any of the Yamaha AVANTAGE 7.1 processors will give you 5.1/2. Two subs is RXA870 and above, I think.

For my own system, I am considering the RXA3070 as that has 9CH built in and 2 amps are assignable (to extra overheads) if you drive L and R fronts from pre-outs, as I will. Actually my LCR from be driven from the pre-outs.

I am a bit out of the loop on Onkyo and Denon, sorry.
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