Fortunately, Pioneer's 5.1 and 7.1-channel entries all look far more budget-friendly than the Philips Fidelio SoundSphere system. That doesn't mean these AV receivers are cheap, but more realistic at least. Each of these AV receivers come with HDMI 1.4a support and a USB/video cable for plug-and-play action for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Oh, and don't forget about wireless audio playback thanks to AirPlay.
The flagship of the bunch is the VSX-1021 (pictured above, which has been designated as the "the hub for social entertainment." The 7.1-channel receiver connects to a home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, supports DLNA 1.5 and features vTuner Internet radio.
Pioneer also has some free mobile apps ready to be paired with the AV receivers. iControlAV2 (pictured right) enables an iOS device to be able to control volume, bass, balance and room settings. Air Jam cues up music into one playlist from up to four different devices connected via Bluetooth.
The VSX-1021 is also the most expensive at $549. If that's a bit too much for you, there's also the VSX-521, VSX-821 and VSX-921 for $249, $349 and $449 respectively.
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