Pioneer VSX-820-K 5.1 Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Works with iPhone certification and front USB connectivity (cable included) provide iPod, touch
- Simple connectivity of high-performance HD video, HD audio, portable, internet, wireless
- The latest version of HDMI inputs and outputs provide more HD connectivity options with "future-proof" 3-D capability
- The latest Dolby Pro Logic Iiz as well as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD for an immersive audio experience
- High-Power Discrete Transistor (HPDT) multi-channel amplifiers and proprietary Pioneer room calibration technology
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From the Manufacturer
Pioneer VSX-820-K Receiver: A Complete AV Control Center at a Surprising Value
The Pioneer VSX-820-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-820-K takes it a step further with support for your digital media via a front USB input and compatibility with Bluetooth sources (using the optional AS-BT100 adapter, sold separately). Plus, it's "Works with iPhone"-certified, so you can incorporate your favorite Apple products into your home theater easily.
The Ultimate iPhone Experience--Now In Your Home Theater
Included cable makes integrating your favorite Apple products a breeze
Bluetooth capability (with AS-BT100 adapter, sold separately)
lets you play music wirelessly from your Bluetooth-enabled portable devices
Get a truly plug-and-play iPhone experience with your home theater. Thanks to the VSX-820-K's "Works with iPhone" certification, you can enjoy music, movies, downloaded TV shows from iTunes, photos, and more. An included USB/composite video cable makes connecting your iPhone to share your favorite media easy--and your iPhone charges automatically when connected. Unlike other receiver lines, there's no need to buy a separate dock to enjoy your iPhone with your home theater. This included cable also works with most generations of iPod Classic, nano, and iPod Touch.
Share your videos, and enjoy music with full album information on your TV. Your iPhone's wireless and network features remain fully functional and music and movies will mute when you receive an incoming call. And you've got lots of control options--use the iPhone directly, or push a single button on the VSX-820-K's front panel to switch control to the included preset remote and an intuitive text GUI.
Plus, your iPhone's music will always sound its best thanks to Pioneer's exclusive Advanced Sound Retriever technology, which restores lost data in compressed music files. So even in a big room, you'll get much closer to the artist's original intent from your iPhone®, iPod or other MP3 player. And Auto Level Control means a smooth, consistent listening experience with no jarring volume changes between your favorite songs and albums.
Release Your Smartphone's Music with the AS-BT100 Bluetooth Adapter (sold separately)
For wireless connectivity, add a Pioneer AS-BT100 Bluetooth adapter (sold separately) to release your music from your iPhone, Blackberry®, or Android® smartphone as well as other Bluetooth-enabled sources like laptops. And the VSX-820-K's Advanced Sound Retriever technology makes sure that even your compressed MP3s are brought back to near cd-quality sound.
How Pioneer's Technology Delivers the Ultimate Home Theater Experience
Connectivity for all your home theater components. View larger
All of Pioneer's latest receivers support the latest HDMI specification, meaning that you're not just getting the most out of your existing movies and music, you're preparing for the next generation of 3-D video content with the VSX-820-K. And with 4 HDMI inputs, you've got plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available today.
True-to-Life, High-Definition Audio and New Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Of course all the latest Pioneer receivers support high-definition audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Audio to give your Blu-ray Disc® movies a soundtrack that's true-to-life. But Pioneer adds an extra dimension with support for Dolby Pro Logic IIz across its entire 2010 line of receivers, which adds a "height" channel for an even more immersive experience.
Total Control with Custom Pioneer Technologies: Acoustic Calibration, Advanced Sound Retriever, and Auto Level Control
Pioneer's exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC) provides a near studio-quality, multi-channel listening experience customized specifically to your listening environment. An included microphone measures every speaker's connection, and notes its size, distance from the listening point, sound levels and timbre to calibrate and maximize performance.
Even compressed audio such as WMA, MP3 and AAC is enhanced with another Pioneer exclusive, Advanced Sound Retriever, by filling in areas where minute details were left out during the compression process. This technology also enhances the audio quality of SIRIUS® Satellite Radio and can realize an upper limit frequency of 20kHz with compressed audio playback for surprising audio richness and clarity even from "lossy" digital audio sources.
Additionally, the Auto Level Control feature can equalize volume level differences between tracks playing from an iPhone or iPod or during television programming so the volume can be enjoyed at a consistent level--no more jarring "blare" when switching audio sources.
All of these technologies come together in the VSX-820-K to deliver a powerful level of control and sophistication for your home theater.
Making Your Pioneer VSX-820 a Complete Home Theater
Premium in-wall speakers create a complete home theater
5.1 Speaker Packages for the VSX-820
- The Pioneer S-IC631-LR 6.5" In-ceiling Speaker for Front Left and Right
- The Pioneer S-IW531L LCR In-wall Speaker for Your Front Center Channel
- The Pioneer S-IW631-LR 6.5" In-wall Speaker for Your Rear Surround
- The Pioneer S-W601 12" Powered Subwoofer
- The Pioneer SE-A1000 Flagship Audiophile/Home Theater Headphones
Receiver Feature Chart
|Power||Dolby Pro-Logic IIz||Bluetooth Ready |
|USB/ iPhone Certified||Internet Radio||iPhone Remote App||PC Control||HDMI In - 3D Ready||On-Screen Display|
|110x7 Watts||Speaker Assign||-||-||-||4||Text|
|110x7 Watts||Speaker Assign||-||6 inc. Front||GUI|
|120x7 Watts||Pre-Out and Speaker||6 inc. Front/ |
Top Customer Reviews
This is a superb receiver in all regards. It produces clear crisp sound in all modes.
There are no lip synch issues at all when linked to my HDTV. I had terrible lip synch problems with the Denon. It has all the features I need and more and has an excellent remote that is both intuitive and comprehensive. I use my receiver for CD's, FM radio and my Samsung HDTV. I use DishNetwork for my TV programming.
The VSX series is Pioneer's newest and includes several models all the way up to the 1120.
However, when you read the specs, all these receivers have the same tuner and power plant. The higher the model number, the more numerous the features. But no increase in output.
That makes for an easier buying decision. You don't compromise power for features if you chose a mid range model like the 820 or 920. I noticed that the Denon and Yamaha receivers I tried were made in China. The Pioneers are made in Japan. I'll go with Japan for high quality electronics every time. Pioneer has hit a homerun with this new series of receivers.
Update January 20,2011
My accolades now need to be tempered back. As with all 'features', they are only good
as long as they last. The IPOD interface on my VSX 820 died today in mid-song. I reviewed the manual and took the steps recommended, including resetting my IPOD with
no results. The IPOD works just fine. So I will no longer be able to hear my songs
thru my system but will instead have to be satisfied with just using the headphones.
Very disappointed with the lack of durability of this Pioneer receiver.
Setup is pretty usual for receivers, you will not understand many features and setup options unless you bother reading the instructions.
Few shortcomings with one that is very annoying:
1. The cover of the front USB and video/audio ports is not connected to the receiver - it's a piece of plastic that you have to take out completely if you want to hook up a USB device or any source to the front connectors. I wish it had a permanent connection because I can completely see it getting lost.
2. The receiver comes with a limited on screen menu to use the auto tuning of speakers and to set up the inputs and speakers. The problem is: you have to connect the receiver to the TV using an analog RCA cable to use it!!!! So if you have only digital sources and hoped to use HDMI as your only connection, be prepared to add another cable to the mix when you set up the speakers. Granted you don't need to use the on screen menu a lot but if you have difficult access to the back of TV and receiver like I have, it can become annoying. I don't understand what Pioneer were thinking.
3. Seems to have to crank up the volume much higher than I used to with my Denon receiver, but I guess this is something I will have to get use to.
Overall it is a great value, but I'm actually considering returning it and spending the extra $100 for the vsx-920-k so I won't have to use analog RCA cables ever again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good looking and sounding for the price point... but developed a problem about a year in which occasionally pops up. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce Basch
the connection with the usb ipad does not serve this product for the price you should take care and check all parts of exccelente other productPublished 11 months ago by raul
Got this AVR in April, 2011. It is working perfectly now, at the beginning of 2015 and we never had reliability issues. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rob
Other than a slight scratch, this item looked and performed like new.Published 15 months ago by Kenneth Georgia
Performed decently for about three years, then all remote control functions died. Clean separation of channels; there is an audio/visual lag at times with HD signals. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Alex L. Gelb
receiver overheated, but improved with top of case removed. Might be humidity related, since it worked perfectly in the summer.Published on February 6, 2014 by Ron Anderson
Bought this when our old one crapped out on us. This is a great receiver and allows us to plug all of our sources into one component. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Potomac Hokie
While it was a little troublesome setting up...once setup it worked good...and then one fine day would no longer power on. Had it for approx. 2 years. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Munchie