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Item #: 9B-82-117-412

Pioneer SC-1222-K 7.2-Channel Network Ready AV Receiver

Item #: 9B-82-117-412  |  Mfr. Part #: SC-1222-K  |  UNSPSC: 52161521
  • 7.2 channel
  • 7 HDMI/3D passthrough
  • Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-ES, DTS Neo:X

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    Top Favorable Review

    Best Receiver I Even Own

    Excellent Audio Quality - Clarity, Details, Voices Superb Video Scaling Process Tight and Deep Bass Airplay Works Perfect Excellent iPad App I had very nice receivers in the past; from Marantz SR6003, Onkyo 709, Yamaha A1000, and Denon 3311Ci. This ... Read more
    — Nelson G. 1/24/2013

    Top Critical Review

    Third time's a charm?

    Complicated, failure prone After several hours learning the buggy software (the first installation wouldn't allow me to choose English and the "detection" function only works if you tell it the IP address first) I figured out that I had a defective ... Read more
    — Steve C. 12/27/2012

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    4 out of 5 eggs Based on 53 Reviews

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    • Chris T.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs Dead after 1-1/2 years - digital circuit board failure

    Pros: Runs cool, great sound and picture

    Cons: After a year and a half we started getting popping sounds through the speakers followed by a shrill, high pitched screaming sound. Like scares the heck out of you and makes you jump out of your chair loud. And a "UE22" error message appeared on the screen. After the error message appeared we couldn't get any sound out of it. Called Pioneer, finally spoke with someone after being on-hold for an hour. Took it in for repair and the digital circuit board is bad. After doing some research online it appears Pioneer had this issue with many of their receivers. We priced out a new digital circuit board from Pioneer ($315) which is ridiculous. Pair that with a $100 labor bill to install it and you can pretty much buy a new one for the same price. Since warranty expires after 1 year we're hosed. Repair bill is on us or purchase a new receiver. The most irritating thing is that apparently Pioneer has had this issue with multiple A/V Receiver lines and has failed to fix it. The receiver lived up to the Pioneer name with amazing sound, but not sure we'll be purchasing another one. I'd be ready to fork out for a hefty repair bill at some point if you purchase this or other Pioneer models. Beware!

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    • Erik K.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs Low lifetime.

    Pros: Easy to set up. Excellent sound quality for 1st year of ownership.

    Cons: After 1 year, randomly would hear "clicks" in audio. Then started randomly emitting a very loud, low frequency tone (fix by shutting off, turning on again). Finally (25 months) no audio output whatsoever, with "UE22" on front screen. Googling shows most people just decided to replace with a non-Pioneer product.

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    • Nelson G.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs awesome Receiver

    Pros: I already reviewed it. Just I think my nickname is not shown in case anyone needs how to adjust the sub/bass for this or any Pioneer Receiver with Advanced MCACC. SOrry. It wont work on receivers with normal mcacc. My nick is javygonx. Email me there at gmail dot com.

    Cons: None

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    • Neil S.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs HDMI port problems

    Pros: Lot of features. Too bad they all don't work.

    Cons: HDMI port failure. I would have discovered this problem within the one year warranty but had the receiver at a location that I was only at 2 weekends a month. Was having connection problems from the start with the TV, Netflix and Blu Ray. I'd jiggle the cables and it would come back so I assumed it was the cables. Just over the warranty period and now I get the message "No Input Selected". I figured I now needed to replace the cables but that had no effect. Then I read reviews that described port failures. On mine it's the out port. If it was one of the inputs I could work around it. Unit has less than 100 hours use. What a waste. I have a 10 year old Pioneer Plasma TV that I still think looks better than most of the new ones I see for sale now and has never given me a problem. Same with my 10 year old HDMI-less Yamaha receiver so I figured the extended warranty would just be a waste of money. Guess that doesn't apply to the junk they're selling now. Very disappointed with this high end receiver purchase.

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    • John S.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs I liked it for 11 months then HDMI ports failed

    Pros: A lot of features for a small price

    Cons: HDMI ports failed after just 11 months. D3 amplification on this unit sounded ok when cranked but just didn't have the punch of my old Pioneer Elite.

    Bottom Line: I bought this because it looked like a less expensive version of an Elite receiver. It didn't blow me away but it met my needs. Unfortunately, I can only surmise that the components are not quality. 11 months in and only one HDMI port will pass sound. I have one month left on my warranty. time to get on the phone. geez...

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    • Ryan H.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Great Reciever

    Pros: High Quality, Sounds Great, Very Affordable on Sale
    Network & Serial Control is perfect in my Remote Setup; Very Fast Response.
    Pandora still Plays out Zone 2 (outside) when you Switch Zone 1 back to the TV.
    Auto Calibration works perfectly.

    Cons: Wish it had a Volume OSD Overlay, I live without it just fine though.
    No Bluetooth Audio Input/Output (default)

    Of course after years of holding back I buy in and 4k resolution peeks its head out; good thing its still a long way out from being adopted for my home theatre use.. Have a feeling it'll be the only reason I upgrade this; one day.

    Bottom Line: I didnt have an IR Repeater when I first set it up; Since the remote didn't reach to the basement I did the initial setup all via telnet.. Was slow and painful but it worked.

    It took a while but its fully integrated into my home theatre and automation systems, can hide the OEM remote and use a slim Apple TV Remote and Menu Options to do everything that needs to be done..

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    • Bill L.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs 6 Month Follow-up Review

    Pros: Excellent Power, crisp sound, versatility, equalizer for each of 7 channels independently, much more.

    Cons: Buttons on remote are small and hard to read.

    Bottom Line: I thought I should write a follow-up review after having this receiver for over 6 months of daily use. I also felt it necessary to come on board to defend this product after reading so many negative reviews (hard to understand this).

    Not only have I found nothing to complain about, but I have found this to be one of the finest receivers on the market. I've been a Home Theater enthusiast for over 30 years and when I decided to do an upgrade for my new HT room, I wanted to "do it right".

    After months of research, I finally decided on the SC-1222-K. As it turns out, my research paid off. The perfect blend of power and features for my Home Theater. The Class D amp is a huge feature which easily drives my 7.1 Polk Audio system and complete fill my HT room, which, by the way, is 22' x 40'! Just like a move theater, at ANY volume. It is so clear that you can hear a pin drop, or it can rock the rafters....

    On the "Con" side, as you have read, the only con is the small buttons and small text on the remote, especially in a darkened room. Since I use a Harmony remote this is really a non-issue.

    Yes, I am not only defending this product, but I am highly recommending it. You will not be disappointed!

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    • Lochan K.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs No more Pioneer products

    Pros: t was ok while it worked.

    Cons: Just after 10 months and may be half an hour daily use, it died. Emailed pioneer, they responded back after two days and sent me one of the repair store address.
    Will update the review after repair experience.

    Bottom Line: I have owned many expensive electronics products over years and this is the only one which failed during first year.

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    • walter c.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs HDMI BOARD FAILURE

    Pros: Runs cool,sounds great

    Cons: Failed at the 8 month mark and cannot get a hold ot warranty/service.

    Bottom Line: I bought this 12/12 to replace an ONKYO that failed due to its heating of the HDMI board[WELL KNOWN HDMI BOARD FAILURE] naturally out of warranty. I bought this and made sure that I now have 2 Noctura fans and it failed after 8 months and is only used 2-3 hrs a day maybe 5 days a week. Having no luck contacting Pioneer as regardless of when you call you get a sorry we are at lunch. NOT GOOD AND BUYER BE WARE.

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    • Steve B.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Great receiver. Great price.

    Pros: Tons of options, Good sound quality, cheap price.

    Cons: Complex. That's not really a con, but If you aren't one for reading instructions (downloaded from Pioneer) then pass on this unit. It's not for the plug and play minded individual. Spend some time online reading the various forum posts too.

    Bottom Line: This receiver has performed flawlessly. I have it connected to an LG 60LM7200 3D TV, Denon Blu-Ray, Denon DVD changer, PS3, DirecTV box, and Polk Monitor 70, 40, 30, and CS2 speakers. The unit has plenty of power to drive the monitor 70s. The firmware update for Pandora needs to be downloaded onto a fat 32 formatted jump drive and then installed from that through the USB port. It worked the first time. MCACC does a great job too. This receiver replaced a Kenwood VR-6070 THX 6.1 unit, and it is quite a step up. I have this wired directly to my router, and don't have any issues with connectivity. Internet radio, Pandora and streaming from my laptop through my home network all work flawlessly. The I phone app is pretty cool too.

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