Pioneer VSX-520-K 5.1 Home Theater Receiver

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There’s only one way to get closer to an artist’s true intent-and that’s to get as close as possible to exactly what the artist created. With this in mind, Pioneer ushers in an entirely new era of high definition stereophonic performance. From enjoying the very best 1080p high definition picture available to hearing every last nuance with award-winning audio capabilities, Pioneer’s range of receivers offers nothing less than a miraculous performance at every level. And with an ever-increasing list of connectivity and integration options as well, these receivers will also guarantee to get you closer to the original experience than ever before. The Pioneer VSX-520-K delivers amazing home theater performance in an elegant package at a surprising value. With connectivity options for all your latest high-definition home theater components, the VSX-520-K takes it a step further with support for the latest high-definition audio formats, and support for your portable devices via a front panel mini-jack input and compatibility with Bluetooth sources (using the optional AS-BT100 adapter, sold separately).

Pioneer VSX-520-K 5.1 Home Theater Receiver

Features Pioneer VSX-520-K 5.1 Home Theater Receiver

  • Simple connectivity of high-performance HD video, HD audio, portable, internet, wireless and analog components
  • Front panel mini jack provides portable audio player users easy integration of their devices with their home theater
  • The latest version of HDMI inputs and outputs provide more HD connectivity options with “future-proof” 3-D capability
  • High-Power Discrete Transistor multi-channel amplifiers and proprietary Pioneer room calibration technology combine to ensure best
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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Pioneer VSX-520-K 5.1 Home Theater Receiver

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  1. D. Brewster says:
    56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Full Featured Receiver, July 14, 2010
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    D. Brewster (Tacoma, WA) –
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    I ordered this for a friend as a replacement for a Panasonic SA-HE70 (which got good reviews a few years ago). He isn’t disappointed. He now is set for both 3D and blu-ray HiDef. With his Bose speaker system, he doesn’t need much power, but this little receiver seems to have alot of it for the money.

    This is Pioneer’s bottom of the line, but don’t let that fool you. It has 3 HDMI 1.4a inputs, decodes Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Audio, and Dolby Pro Logic IIz, is Blue Tooth ready (need adapter), and 3-D video ready. Quite a bargain for $200.

    Cons: Spring Clips for surround sound speakers (binding posts for the mains).
    If you don’t connect with HDMI, DVD audio is monitored thru the “CD” connection. It took a little while to figure this out -causing much anxiety.

    If you want a basic surround reciever that is fully capable of supporting all current forms of video and audio, you could do alot worse than the VSX-520-k, and, for the money, you would be hard-pressed to do better.

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  2. Ronald P. Smith II says:
    35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great receiver once settings are adjusted, February 18, 2011
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    Well, let me start by saying that I selected this receiver due to its specs and features being among the best for this price range. Pioneer’s reputation for providing solid products was also a factor. With support for the latest audio codecs from Dolby and DTS, as well as HDMI 1.4 support, this receiver is a great buy.

    Prior to purchase, some of the other reviews that I saw had me afraid that I may be returning this product. However, upon setting up my receiver, I realised that some of the complaints that people noted regarding sound quality probably had to do with the receiver’s default settings being optimized for satellite/subwoofer 5.1 speaker packages with small satellites used for front, surround, and center speakers. Therefore, the receiver attenuates low frequenies prior to them being sent to these speakers, as they can’t typically reproduce them anyway.

    This pioneer receiver lets you set a speaker size setting, which in turn adjusts the frequency range that will be sent to each speaker accordingly. If you have large speakers, the setting will need to adjusted to “large” from the default of “small”. This will allow for lower frequencies to be passed to the speakers in question (front, surround, center, etc).

    This receiver also has a “xover” or crossover setting, which sets a frequency cutoff between your main speakers and subwoofer. In a 5.1 channel setting, this allows your subwoofer to output the frequencies below the frequency threshold that you set. Frequencies above this threshold will be handled by the other channels in your setup. If you do not have a subwoofer, and have main speakers that are capable of producing low frequencies effectively, you should set the “xover” setting to its lowest frequency setting so you are not removing this range of frequencies from your audio.

    This really is a solid receiver for the price. It produces more than enough power for the average listener, with lower total harmonic distortion than comparably priced counterparts from Denon, Yamaha, and Onkyo. I am an electrical engineer whose studies were emphasized on audio, so this was a big draw for me.

    I hope this review clears some things up for those looking for a solid value-priced receiver, as well as for those who had complaints about sound quality.

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  3. Ryan Tobin says:
    33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent For HDMI-only, Flawed Otherwise, November 6, 2010
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    Ryan Tobin (San Diego, CA USA) –
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    I purchased this product as part of an overhaul of my home theater arrangement, which included a new HDTV, Blu-Ray player, and receiver. I chose the Pioneer product because it offered HDMI switching and current-gen audio format decoding at a very good price. My two previous receivers had been Sony products, which I liked, but I thought Pioneer would be a solid brand.

    My home theater arrangement includes the following components:

    -My computer, connected via HDMI for video and S/PDIF (optical) for audio
    -LG BD570 Blu-Ray player, connected via HDMI for audio and video
    -Cable HDTV DVR, connected via HDMI for audio and video
    -Panasonic TC-P65S2 HDTV connected via HDMI to the receiver for video only

    Connecting everything was no more or less complicated than any other receiver. This receiver switches the HDMI and does decode the current-gen audio formats. It also allows for the selection of the digital audio source for each HDMI input, allowing for audio from a source other than the HDMI connection (such as the optical audio source from my computer).

    However, I’ve encountered several nagging flaws with the product:

    -The “programmable” digital audio input does not work about half the time. I use one of the two optical audio inputs for my computer feed, which I always use for that HDMI input source on the receiver. Approximately half the time when I turn on the receiver, it changes to a “no audio source found” mode for the HDMI input used by my computer. I have to cycle through all of the possible digital audio inputs (using the remote) to get back to the one I’m using, at which point it works fine. This happens even if I have audio being outputted from my computer – the receiver still does not detect audio input. I never had this problem with my previous Sony receiver.

    -When audio does work from my computer (over the optical audio connection), it emits a loud “pop” when resuming paused sources that have digital audio (Dolby Digital or DTS). This happens about half the time. I never had this problem with my previous Sony receiver.

    -Audio processing has a bit of a “lag” relative to video processing when starting something. That is, video will be displayed, but there will be about a second or two before the audio from the scene is output. The audio is not delayed, there is just no audio output for the video being displayed. This happens for HDMI audio and optical audio. I never had this problem with my previous Sony receiver.

    -The remote does not work particularly well. I’m not certain if it is the sensor on the receiver or the output of the remote, but it fails to respond to about 1/3 of the button presses. I typically have to angle the remote carefully to ensure proper usage. None of the other remotes I have have any such difficulty interacting with their respective devices, so it is not a matter of placement or interference.

    -The subwoofer output frequently fails to activate my subwoofer. My subwoofer has a standby mode such that it shuts off its amplifier if no signal is received after a certain period of time. Once a signal is received, it activates. There are many instances when I’m watching something and it fails to send a (sufficient) signal to my subwoofer to activate it, or it fails to provide signal during viewing such that my subwoofer goes into standby while watching something. I never had this problem with my previous Sony receiver.

    -Not really a flaw, but one of the things I liked about my previous Sony receivers (and I’ve seen this on other brands) is a display on the front of the model that indicates which speakers are being utilized with the current audio source and decoding method. That is, a Dolby Digital or DTS source in a 5.1 mix would cause the unit to illuminate the front left, front right, center, surround left, surround right, and LFE “boxes” on the display. Furthermore, if a stereo source is mixed to a higher number of speakers by something like Dolby Pro Logic II or DTS NEO:6, the display would indicate the targeted speakers. This receiver has no such display. All it has are small word/icon elements that indicate the decoding/mixing technology, which are illegible unless one is about 2 feet away from the receiver.

    In summary, if all of your A/V sources connect across HDMI *and only HDMI*, this receiver is a decent entry-level product. However, if you want to mix input sources and have a more informational display (a budget-minded enthusiast), this is not a product I would recommend. I am seriously considering purchasing another Sony model after my experience with this unit.

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