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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 performing 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 if you are installing this receiver in a modern home theater setup. While this is a limiting factor, it does not matter for 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 the receiver and will switch the unit into FM Radio mode. For this reason, most universal remotes are not viable unless it is properly designed and guaranteed to work correctly. There are no known universal remotes that guarantee 100% compatibility.

If you want a cheap replacement that will work correctly, cloned remotes are another option. These are commonly found on eBay.

Universal remote replacement ¶ 

If you decide to purchase a universal remote as a replacement, the Logitech Harmony series does not have the problem other universal remotes do. 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 fairly expensive (relative to other remotes), but support multiple devices on a single remote.

If you cannot find a Harmony 650, the 665 is basically the same outside of costing slightly more and supporting 10 devices instead of 8.

It is not known if low cost models like the Harmony 350 will work. However, all LCD based models should. These are generally $70 or more.

Incompatible universal remotes ¶ 

  • GE/Jasco 24922 (Channel button switches unit to FM Radio when the AM Radio function is used. Controls FM Radio correctly.)

HDCP problems ¶ 

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 a HDCP 2.X receiver to avoid problems.

This isn't a problem with non protected content, but if you try and playback HDCP protected content and the HDCP standard used on your equipment isn't matching, you will eventually run into handshake problems.

Additional information ¶ 

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