The Pioneer 1022 has been one of Pioneer’s top selling home theater receivers and with good reason. It has tons of good features such as Airplay, internet radio, and 6 HDMI inputs. Although it only outputs about 80 watts per channel, it’s still enough power to fill an average size room with pretty good sound. Considering you can get it for around $300 right now it’s not a bad choice if you’re looking for decent mid-range receiver.


Pioneer 1022 Appearance

Pioneer 1022

The Pioneer 1022 is pretty much what you’d expect from an a/v receiver, a big black box. It doesn’t have the neat two tone look that Harman Kardon does but it’s not ugly either. The front has a glossy strip of plastic that covers the front display. This is flanked on either side by an input select knob and a volume control knob. Overall it has a clean if not flashy appearance.


Pioneer VSX 1022 Connectivity

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The Pioneer 1022 has a pretty good amount of connectivity options. It has a total of 6 HDMI inputs which is good for a mid-range receiver. If you need more HDMI inputs than that you may want to check out the Onkyo 616 or the Onkyo 515, each of which has 8 HDMI inputs. However, 6 inputs will probably be enough for most home theaters unless you have an unusually large amount of equipment. Along with the HDMI inputs, the Pioneer 1022 also has an optical digital, coaxial digital, 3 analog inputs, 1 component input and 1 ethernet. Overall it gives you a pretty good amount of connectivity options. The one thing that’s a little unfortunate is that the Pioneer VSX 1022 doesn’t have a front HDMI port like some more expensive a/v receivers do. The nice thing about a front HDMI is that you can connect your camcorder or iPad if you have the proper adapter and play your content directly on your tv. This isn’t a major problem, but it’s one of those things that would have been nice to see.

Pioneer 1022 Smartphone and Internet Features

The Pioneer 1022 offers some features which are above and beyond what you’d normally expect with a home theater receiver.  For starters, it is Airplay compatible which means you can stream music directly from your iPhone, iPod or iPad. With Airplay you can also stream your music from iTunes on your PC or Mac directly to the Pioneer VSX 1022 once you have the 1022 on your home network. The 1022 is also wireless and bluetooth ready, however neither of these features are built in to the unit. Unfortunately, to enable the bluetooth and wireless features you’ll need to purchase the AS-BT200 Bluetooth or the AS-WL300 wireless adapter. The Pioneer 1022 also has a front USB port which is a handy feature which allows you to plug your apple device directly into the receiver without the need to use a dock. The VSX 1022 also has a decent selection of internet radio streaming selections to choose  from however,  it doesn’t offer as many choices as some of it’s competitors. You do get access to Pandora and vTuner which gives you a fair selection of internet radio stations, but it doesn’t give you the variety of some Onkyo’s a/v receivers. Pioneer also offers a Control App for smartphone devices that gives you the ability control some of the a/v receivers features with your smart device.


Pioneer VSX 1022 Audio and Video Features

The Pioneer 1022 is rated at about 80 watts per channel which is about average for a mid-range receiver. The 1022 also allows for 3D pass through and supports an audio return channel. Both of these features have become somewhat standard on modern a/v receivers today. Another thing that’s become pretty standard is 1080p upconversion over HDMI which the Pioneer VSX 1022 does support. The 1022 however, does not support 4K upscaling. If this is an important feature  for you then you may want to check out the new Pioneer 1123. The Pioneer 1022 utilizes Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration (MCACC) calibration system. Unlike Audyssey, MCACC only requires you to place the calibration microphone at one location in your room where as Audyssey requires you to put the microphone in 2 locations or more depending on the type of Audyssey your’re using.


Customer Reviews of the Pioneer VSX 1022

Customer’s who’ve purchased the Pioneer 1022 have been overwhelmingly happy with their purchase, but no device is perfect and the Pioneer VSX 1022 does have some notable flaws. We’ve outlined both the negative and positives for you below:


Customer Negatives

Some customer who purchased the Pioneer 1022 noted that the Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC) system doesn’t always accurately calibrate the system properly. Also the on screen user interface is somewhat archaic by modern standards (it’s just simple black and white text). Curiously, in order to update the firmware you have to use a USB drive. The 1022 is incapable of doing a firmware update over the network.


Customer Positives

Most customers who’ve purchased the 1022 have been very pleased with unit. Despite the “dull” user interface, most have felt that it was very easy and intuitive. The Control App was also sited by some for being very convenient and easy to use. Most people were also extremely satisfied with the sound quality and the 1080p upconversion as well.



In conclusion, the Pioneer 1022 has a good amount of features for a mid-range receiver. Most customers have felt that the sound quality was good, however it is missing a few key features like 4K upscaling and its selection of internet radio stations could be more substantial. Considering that it’s selling for under it’s MSRP, it’s hard not to recommend the 1022.

Manufacturers Contact Information

Onkyo (800) 229-1687  Denon (201) 762-6665  Yamaha (800) 4-YAMAHA

Pioneer (800) 421-1404 pioneerelectronics.comHarman Kardon (203) 328-3500 harmankardon.comSamsung 1-800-SAMSUNG

Seiki Digital 1 (855) 697-3454 www.seiki.comSony (877) 865-SONY sony.comSharp USA 1-800-237-4277


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