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Variations between receivers
Note: There may be more variations then what is listed here.
As noted in the device page summary, there are notable variations on some receivers. These typically do not matter and are negligible in most cases, but may require special attention during repairs. The differences between receivers typically include these variations:
- Port cover over front inputs (found on later models with brushed metal faceplates)
- Color (VSX-918V-K for Black and VSX-918V-S for silver models)
- Appearance (Some models use glossy plastic, while others use a brushed metal faceplate)
Background and Identification
The Pioneer VSX-918V was released in 2005 as a budget stereo receiver, but has since been discontinued. While it is not a high-end receiver, it is very good what it does.
While this receiver is very capable, the use of an older HDCP standard is likely to cause problems in a modern home theater setup. While this is a limiting factor, it does not affect the Component, iPod Direct, and Composite inputs.
Replacing lost OEM remotes
Most universal remotes do not work correctly with the AM Radio function on this receiver. The mapping on these remotes do not work correctly with this receiver and will switch the unit into FM Radio mode. Most universal remotes are unlikely to get around this problem, so 100% functionality cannot be guaranteed. There are very few universal remotes with known 100% perfect compatibility.
If you want a cheap replacement that will work correctly, cloned remotes are a reliable option. These are commonly found on eBay.
Universal remote replacement
While there are very few 100% compatible universal remotes, the Logitech Harmony series is known to work correctly and does not carry this problem. The Harmony 650 is tested and known to work (as can be seen in this post: Is this unit compatible with univeral remotes?), but higher-end models like the Harmony 665 and better should also work. These are expensive (relative to other universal remotes), but replace multiple devices with one remote.
If you cannot find a Harmony 650, the 665 is similar but costs a little more. However, this is negated by the remote supporting more devices on one remote (10 for the 665 vs. 8 for the 650).
While all LCD equipped models should work, it is unknown if low-cost models like the Harmony 350 work correctly.
Incompatible universal remotes
- GE/Jasco 24922 (Channel button switches unit to FM Radio when the AM Radio function is used. Controls FM Radio correctly.)
This receiver is too old to support HDCP 2.x and does not have a 4K passthrough. Use in a modern home theater setup will be limited.
HDCP handshake problems
Due to the age of the HDCP revision used, one problem users are likely is handshake errors.
Depending on the equipment in your device chain, this receiver may be the link that causes these handshake errors.
Why is this a problem?
This is a problem because of how the HDCP standard is designed. HDCP standards are not designed to be backwards compatible. If you upgrade to a 4K TV using HDCP 2.X you will need an HDCP 2.X receiver to avoid problems.
This is not a problem with unprotected content, but if you try and playback HDCP protected content and the HDCP standard used on your equipment does not match, you will run into handshake problems.