Pioneer VSX-522-K 400W 5-Channel A/V Receiver, iPod & iPhone, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Dolby TrueHD/Dolby Pro Logic IIz/Dolby Digital Plus
- HDMI 4 in/1 out
- 3D Ready (Blu-ray Disc, Broadcast, and Games)
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Introducing the Pioneer VSX-522-K AV Receiver
With 400 watts of clear audio reproduction and state-of-the-art technology, the new VSX-522-K is the perfect entry-level receiver to let you experience Pioneer's heritage of quality sound reproduction and innovative technology in your home system.
The VSX-522-K seamlessly brings your iTunes music library where you want it: your living room. Because it's Made for iPhone Certified, the VSX-522 is compatible with iPod and iPhone devices. Plus the front panel USB port is ready for the newest sources for music: smartphones, tablets, most Android devices and thumb drives, and has been upgraded to handle CD quality, uncompressed 48Khz/16-bit MP3, WMA and AAC files.
Ultimate Sound Control
The VSX-522-K supports the latest high-definition audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio to give your Blu-ray Disc soundtracks unsurpassed audio quality. Pioneer also includes all Dolby and DTS surround formats best suited for the wide variety of available entertainment sources, including the newest Dolby Pro Logic IIz height channel.
The VSX-522-K also features Pioneer's exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC), providing an optimized multi-channel listening experience by measuring every speaker's connection, noting its size and distance from the listening point, sound levels and timbre in order to calibrate, customize and maximize performance specifically for your room.
Pioneer's exclusive Phase Control feature provides coherent sound reproduction through the use of phase matching for an optimal sound image at your listening position.
With the unique Front Stage Surround Advance feature, you experience a virtual surround sound environment. If you don't want to worry about routing speaker cables around your room, your speakers can be placed up front and still sound great.
By filling in areas where minute details were left out during the compression process, even audio like WMA, MP3 and AAC is enhanced with another Pioneer exclusive, Advanced Sound Retriever, letting you enjoy near CD quality sound from compressed music sources.
There's also an Auto Level Control, equalizing volume differences between portable audio tracks or television programming and eliminating jarring volume changes. Which means the only thing that shocks you is how good it sounds.
The Latest HDMI Technology
All Pioneer's newest receivers support the latest HDMI specifications. Not only do you get the most out of existing movies and music, with the VSX-522 you're prepared for the new generation of 3D video content. With 4 HDMI inputs, you have plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available. All Pioneer receivers also offer advanced HDMI conveniences. The VSX-522-K has Audio Return Channel, which allows TV audio to go back through a single HDMI connection - a must feature for the newest smart TVs. Plus its HDMI Standby Through mode lets video and audio signals pass through the VSX-522-K to the TV even when the receiver is off.
All This and Looks Too
First impressions are everything. That's why, as the heart of your home theater system, the VSX-522-K's modern, compelling lines and stunning new brushed finish reflect a solid, state-of-the-art receiver that's high quality and easy to use.
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Top Customer Reviews
The firmware update started fine, but after about 2 minutes it displayed "Update Error 6". From this point many of the primary functions of the receiver no longer worked. I tried updating the firmware again, but the system menu for updating was disabled.
After creating a support ticket with Pioneer, I was advised to bring the receiver to a local service shop. I just got off the phone with that shop with an estimate of $668 to fix a "bad digital board".
WOW. Less than 2 years old on a lightly used receiver, and it is dead. While the right thing for Pioneer to do would be to support their product, even out of warranty... I don't expect they will. This is the second Pioneer receiver I've purchased, and will most likely be the last unless they do the right thing and stand by their product.
Edit #1: I just spoke with Pioneer support. The young lady on the phone was unbelievably dismissive and indifferent. In her words... Pioneer does not stand by the firmware updates and is not responsible for any thing that goes wrong during the update. She agreed that the firmware update was created and tested by Pioneer, but had zero interest in helping diagnose or talk through the issue to understand what was wrong with the receiver.Read more ›
- Audyssey MultEQ is reportedly more comprehensive (better?) than PIONEER's MCACC
- Better iPhone APP than the Pioneer and also third party APP available
- Better On-Screen display than the Pioneer
- Simpler remote control
- Second best price of the three.
- Cheap looking materials (plasticky top cover and front panel).
ONKYO TX-NR616 (the TX-NR515 is probably closer to the other two)
- Audyssey 2EQ
- Rhapsody, Spotify, Last.FM, Slacker and other internet music services (in addition to PANDORA)((Nice feature!)
- Better iPhone APP than the Pioneer, and also third party APP available.
- Better On-Screen display than the Pioneer
- 7.2 (It's an advantage if you need it)
- No AirPlay.
- The TX-NR616 is the priciest of the three. Probably worth it, for whoever needs its capabilities.Read more ›
My motivation for purchasing was to convert my video connections from analog to HDMI. (My TV is of the age that it has only one DVI input. Its HD but over 5 years old.) By connecting cable box, BD, and PlayStation to receiver via HDMI, and using HDMI/DVI cable, the configuration is now all digital.
I believe I am getting a superior picture now from the cable box, that was originally connected via YUV component cables.
I also am benefiting of being able to play Pandora through the receiver (see note below) and can control via my Android phone.
A couple of comments.
a) I believe that this product had a significant mid-model revision. Several pictures on line show "B" speaker outputs. My unit did not have this. (My old receiver supported this, but I never really used the speakers in the other room. We'll see if I miss them.)
b) I connected the receiver to the home WIFI using the NetGear Universal NIC that can be found for $20. I would recommend this approach to those who have a problem like I did of stringing Cat5 (ethernet) cable to the unit.
c) My unit required an update of the firmware to support Pandora. Go to the Pioneer site to get firmware and follow instructions.
d) VERY IMPORTANT. DO NOT SUFFER with trying to enter your Pandora user ID via the onscreen user interface. The receiver has a built in web service. To enter this information once the receiver is connected to your home network, point a browser from any of your computers to the IP address of the receiver. (You can find the IP address via network settings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this in 2013 and loved the features but late 2014 (after warranty of course) it began to have problems with sound dropping out. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Edward Reischmann
Been using this since 2013 for all of our entertainment sound in our family room including TV/Netflix/Movies, radio, iPod music, Pandora, Android TV, DVDs, etc. Read morePublished 16 days ago by jayrad21
Same story as everyone else that's owned it 2 1/2 to 3 years. Mine died right around 2 1/2 years. sound would flicker on/off. Display would flicker between digital/stereo. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Patrick Flaherty
Died after less than three years. Now it's nothing but popping sounds and an error code, God I really wish manufacturers would make products that would last longer than they take... Read morePublished 20 days ago by D. synstelien
I'm no audiophile, but I do like this product very much. Be warned though; I was easy on an earlier version and the sub-woofer output stopped working after a few years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Allen Hall
UE22 error = no more sound. Dead after 2 years. I am not happy.Published 3 months ago by Tiffany Greyson
Fantastic amp for the price. you can't find a network ready amp any better for this price.Published 3 months ago by Happy Camper
A fine temporary receiver; it worked well for three years and then simply stopped working without any change in usage or apparent reason. Read morePublished 3 months ago by richard andrew day