The Pioneer VSX 1122-K is at the top of the heap of Pioneer’s VSX line of a/v receivers and with good reason. It has a nice bevy of features which include Airplay, 3D passthrough and an intuitive smartphone app. Of course every a/v receiver has it’s weakness. Let’s see if we can find one in the Pioneer 1122…

Pioneer VSX 1122 | Pioneer 1122

Pioneer VSX 1122 Appearance

Unlike other a/v receiver manufacturers, who shall remain nameless (ahem…Onkyo), Pioneer’s receivers have a sleek well designed appearance. The majority of the front of the Pioneer 1122 has a brushed metal look. The center panel display has a glossy appearance and is flanked by two knobs, one for the volume and one for the input selection. You have the usual suspects on the front, tuner buttons, on/off button,  surround effect selectors etc. Underneath the main read out display there’s a tiny push panel. Behind this hides the Pioneer VSX 1122’s front HDMI port and USB port. Overall the Pioneer 1122 has a sleek modern appearance and is definitely not an eyesore.


Pioneer 1122 Connectivity

The Pioneer 1122 gives you great connectivity options. The 1122  has 7 HDMI inputs which is more than enough for most home theaters. It also has a wide range of older legacy connections such as; 1 component, 2 USB (1 front & 1 rear), 3 composite, 3 analog audio in/1 out, 1 ethernet, 1 wireless adapter port, 3 digital audio inputs and 2 subwoofer pre-outs. As you can see the Pioneer VSX 1122 gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to connection options. The 1122 is also bluetooth and wireless ready however, in order to enjoy either one of these features you need an adapter.

Pioneer VSX 1122 | Pioneer 1122

Made for Apple

The Pioneer VSX 1122 is “Made for Apple Certified”. There’s a couple of nice things about this. First of all, the 1122 comes with a USB/video cable so you can connect your apple device directly to the receiver. This allows you to play or access any of the music you have stored on your iPhone, iPad or iPod. The Pioneer 1122 may also have one of the best mobile control app of any manufacturer thus far. The iControlAV2012 not only gives you control of basic operations of the Pioneer 1122, but also allows you to control more advanced features like the internet radio and the pretty cool EQ adjustment feature. The EQ adjustment feature allows you to adjust the EQ curve of the receiver with just a swipe of your finger on your apple device. Oh and by the way, while your device is connected, it’s also charged by the receiver.



Pioneer 1122 Audio/Video Features

Like Onkyo, the Pioneer utilizes the well respected Qdeo video processor. This enables the 1122 to upscale various video sources up to 1080p and as well as allow 3D pass through.  However, unlike some of it’s competition, the Pioneer 1122 does NOT allow 4K  pass through or upscaling. This isn’t a big deal currently, but in 5 years when 4K is the standard it may be.


For calibration, Pioneer uses a calibration system called MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration). It works like most calibration systems where the 1122 will take various room measurements and based on this it will adjust and calibrate your sound field so that it best accommodates your room’s acoustics. The Pioneer VSX 1122 is rated at a maximum power output of 165 watts (1kHz,1%[email protected]) and 125 watts  (1kHz,@8ohm) with one channel driven. However,  in the real word with all channels driven you’re probably looking in the neighborhood of between 70 – 90 watts per channel. This is usually, more than enough power to push a really nice set of speakers, but If you have a set of really power hungry speakers you may want to take a look at the Pioneer Elite series.


Interestingly, the Pioneer VSX 1122 has what it calls virtual speaker modes; virtual height, virtual wide and virtual surround. The virtual height creates sound effects the appear to come from above your main front speakers. The virtual wide helps the front and rear speakers blend.  And the virtual surround replaces the rear surround speakers.  These virtual modes aren’t uncommon on other receivers. My experience with these types of virtual speakers has been that on occasion they do provide the effects that they claim, however they can’t replace having an actual speaker. Of course this may require going to a 9.2 configuration which most home theater owners would find difficult to do.


Pioneer VSX 1122 Customer Negatives

Despite overall good reviews some people have pointed out some issues they’ve had with the receiver. A few customers pointed out that they felt the MCACC wasn’t as good at calibrating their speakers and in some cases described a lack of bass output from the receiver. However, this is a subjective thing since  far more positive reviews stated the auto calibration and the bass output were fine. Some have felt that the onscreen display is a little dull.


Pioneer 1122 Customer Positives

The vast majority of purchasers were very pleased with the 1122 with nearly 70% of purchasers giving it 4 or 5 star rating. Most were really happy with the sound quality and felt that the iOS control app exceeded their expectations. Others also praised the internet radio and Airplay functions. The convenience of being able to connect an iOS device to the front of the receiver was also a big plus.

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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