Pioneer VSX-1023-K

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    Highlights

    • 7.1 Channels
    • 7.1 Channel Processing
    • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • 4K/30Hz Passthrough
    • Bluetooth, Ethernet
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    Overview

    Pioneer VSX-1023-K was introduced in 2013. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 4K/30Hz video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 71 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer VSX-1023-K.

    PROs

    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Bluetooth
    •   USB Input
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify

    CONs

    •   Low Power Output - 80 W
    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   No Dolby Atmos
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No DTS:X
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No HDR10
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No Dolby Vision
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   No Wi-Fi
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   1 HDMI Outputs
    •   0 8K Input
    •   Few RCA Line Inputs
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Tidal

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   7.1 Channels
    •   7.1 Channel Processing
    •   6 HDMI Inputs
    •   2 Zones

    Pioneer 2013 Lineup

    In 2013 Pioneer released 14 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Pioneer 2013 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsRoom Corr.Zones Price
    SC-79 Image cannot be found 9.2150 W9.111.2 Advanced MCACC4
    SC-77 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.111.2 Advanced MCACC4
    SC-75 Image cannot be found 9.2135 W9.111.2 Advanced MCACC4
    SC-72 Image cannot be found 7.2130 W7.19.2 Advanced MCACC4
    SC-71 Image cannot be found 7.2120 W7.12.2 Advanced MCACC3
    VSX-70 Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.12.2 Advanced MCACC3
    VSX-43 Image cannot be found 7.180 W7.12
    SC-1523-K Image cannot be found 9.2135 W9.111.2 Advanced MCACC4
    SC-1323-K Image cannot be found 7.2125 W7.19.2 Advanced MCACC4
    SC-1223-K Image cannot be found 7.2120 W7.12.2 Advanced MCACC3
    VSX-1123-K Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.12.2 Advanced MCACC3
    VSX-1023-K Image cannot be found 7.180 W7.1 MCACC Auto2
    VSX-823-K Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.1 MCACC Auto1
    VSX-523-K Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.1 MCACC Auto1

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Pioneer SC-79 vs SC-77 vs SC-75 vs SC-72 vs SC-71 vs VSX-70.

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-1023-K to its predecessor VSX-1022-K and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-1023-K vs Pioneer VSX-1022-K
    Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF vs WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC
    High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF vs WAV/FLAC
    Gapless Playback vs
    Digital Noise Reduction vs
    Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/30p vs up to 1080p
    MHL Input 1 Front (Version 2.0) vs
    Remote Controll App ControlApp vs
    More Component Video Outputs 1 vs
    Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, Composite Video vs USB, Composite Video
    More Zones 2 vs 1
    Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 1 vs 0 / 0
    Spotify vs
    DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-1023-K vs Pioneer VSX-1022-K
    Video Signal Upscaling vs up to 1080p (Anchor Bay)
    Analog To HDMI Upconversion vs Component****, Composite
    Pure Cinema vs
    Versatile Speaker Configuration vs Surround Back/ Front Height / B-Speaker

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer VSX-1023-K vs VSX-1022-K.

    Successor

    In 2014 Pioneer VSX-1023-K was replaced by Pioneer VSX-1024-K. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Pioneer VSX-1023-K and its successor.

    UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-1024-K vs Pioneer VSX-1023-K
    More Channels 7.2 vs 7.1
    Bi-amp capability Front Channel vs
    Surround EX vs
    Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF
    High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF
    DSD to PCM Converter vs
    Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
    4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
    4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
    vs up to 4K/30p
    Wi-Fi via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately) vs
    USB DC Out Port 1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A) vs
    Versatile Speaker Configuration Surround Back/Front Height/Speaker B/Bi-Amp/ZONE2 vs
    DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-1024-K vs Pioneer VSX-1023-K
    Less Composite Video Inputs 2 vs 3 (1 front)
    Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB vs HDMI, USB, Composite Video

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer VSX-1023-K vs VSX-1024-K.

    Audio Section

    7 channel Discrete Direct Energy Amplifier

    Pioneer VSX-1023-K features 7 channel power amplifier with Discrete Direct Energy design. It is rated at 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels7.1
      Power Output80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support
      Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct Energy
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability

      Speaker Configurations

      Pioneer VSX-1023-K's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Configurations: Available configurations are:
      • 5.1, 7.1 with internal amplifier.
      Pioneer VSX-1023-K
      DECODING
      Dolby Atmos
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      Dolby Atmos Music
      Dolby TrueHD
      Dolby Digital Plus
      Dolby Surround Upmixer
      Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz
      Dolby Digital EX
      Surround EX
      DTS:X
      DTS Neural:X
      DTS Virtual:X
      DTS Neo Neo:6
      DTS-HD Master Audio
      DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
      DTS 96/24
      DTS Express
      DTS-ES
      IMAX Enhanced
      Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

      Sound Processing

      • Advanced Sound Retriever: Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-1023-K is done by Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever. Hear the detail, warmth and clarity, the way the artist intended it, from all of your highly compressed MP3 and WMA files stored on USB, Smartphone and portable media players. By restoring data that tend to get lost in the digital compression process, Pioneers Advanced Sound Retriever Technology enhances audio reproduction all the way upto 20 Khz frequencies.

      Room Calibration

      Pioneer VSX-1023-K comes with MCACC Auto room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

      • MCACC: Pioneer’s exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) delivers an easy-to-use, automatic sound adjustment system to precision-tune your Pioneer and Pioneer Elite receivers with minimal effort. Every MCACC system comes with a microphone to measure and analyze reverb characteristics. The equalizer optimally adjusts sound parameters to fit the size and shape of your home environment while maintaining the integrity of high-resolution playback without any degradation to the quality of your music.

      Video Section

      HDMI

      Pioneer VSX-1023-K features 6 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

      • 4K/30Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/30p video signal.
      • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
      • 3D Ready: Pioneer VSX-1023-K is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.
      Pioneer VSX-1023-K
      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      HDCP Version2.2
      QMS (Quick Media Switching)
      ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
      VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
      QFT (Quick Frame transport)
      3-D Ready
      Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/30p
      Video Signal Upscaling

      Multi-zone Playback

      Pioneer VSX-1023-K offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 2 different rooms.


      Zone 2

      • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
      ZONES
      Number of Zones2
      Powered Zones 2
      RS-232C Interface
      +12V Trigger Output
      Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1

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      Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Analog Line Inputs: There are 3 line inputs for analog audio connection.
      • Digital Inputs: 1 optical input and 1 coaxial input are available for digital audio connection.
      • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

      Video

      • HDMI:
      • Inputs: 6 (1 front)   Outputs: 1
        8K Inputs: 0
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Inputs: 3   Outputs: 1
      • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one. Pioneer VSX-1023-K supports up to 1080p (1125p) resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Inputs: 1   Outputs: 1

      Front A/V Inputs

      • HDMI, USB, Composite Video
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs1
      8K Inputs
      USB Input1 Front
      USB DC Out Port
      Optical Inputs1
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs1
      RCA Line Inputs3
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs0.1
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs3 (1 front)
      Composite Video Outputs1
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs1
      Component Video Outputs1

      Pioneer VSX-1023-K Evaluation

      We evaluate Pioneer VSX-1023-K and give score of 71 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


      OVERALL
      71

      Amplifier

      GOOD
      72

      We give Pioneer VSX-1023-K a score of 72 for Amplifier features.

      •   7.1 Channels
      •   Low Power Output - 80 W

      Audio Features

      AVERAGE
      68

      We give Pioneer VSX-1023-K a score of 68 for Audio Features features.

      •   7.1 Channels
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   No Dolby Atmos
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No DTS:X
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   DSD via HDMI

      Video Features

      AVERAGE
      60

      We give Pioneer VSX-1023-K a score of 60 for Video Features features.

      •   No HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No Dolby Vision
      •   No 8K Passthrough

      Connectivity

      GOOD
      75

      We give Pioneer VSX-1023-K a score of 75 for Connectivity features.

      •   No eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   No Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   6 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet

      Zones

      GOOD
      79

      We give Pioneer VSX-1023-K a score of 79 for Zones features.

      •   2 Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      85

      We give Pioneer VSX-1023-K a score of 85 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   No Tidal


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