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Pioneer VSX-822-K 5.1-Channel Network Ready A/V Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 3D Ready (Blu-ray Disc, Broadcast, and Games)
  • Dolby TrueHD/Dolby Pro Logic IIz/Dolby Digital Plus
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Product Specifications

Style: VSX-822-K
Brand NamePioneer
Output Wattage80 watts
Special Features3D ready (blu-ray disc, broadcast, and games), Dolby TrueHD/Dolby Pro Logic IIz/Dolby digital plus, Made for iPod, iPhone and iPad, Connect to your PC music files or internet radio, Unleash your Smartphone's music with bluetooth

Technical Details

Style: VSX-822-K
  • 3D ready (blu-ray disc, broadcast, and games)
  • Dolby TrueHD/Dolby Pro Logic IIz/Dolby digital plus
  • Made for iPod, iPhone and iPad
  • Connect to your PC music files or internet radio
  • Unleash your Smartphone's music with bluetooth

Product Description

Style: VSX-822-K

Product Description

5.1 Network ready AV Receiver featuring AirPlay, iPod, iPhone, and iPad certification, 3D ready HDMI with ARC, and HTC Connect.

From the Manufacturer

Exceptional Audio and Video Quality and Advanced Networking Capability
Pioneer VSX-822-K AV Receiver
The Pioneer VSX-822-K AV receiver is a perfect entertainment hub. View larger

The new Pioneer VSX-822-K delivers amazing home theater performance at an unrivaled value, with the capability to bring you entertainment from new sources through smartphones, tablets, PCs, and thumb drives. Compatible with a wide range of Apple devices and Made for iPad, its front USB port makes the connection easy to stream music from iTunes over your network to your home theater system, or make a Bluetooth connection with any compatible device. Apple-compatibility enhances your home theater experience while expanding the possibilities of where that experience comes from. Ready to hear the future of sound? Hit play.

Pioneer VSX-822-K AV Receiver
Seamlessly bring your music and video library to your home theater. View larger

Pioneer VSX-822-K AV Receiver
A rear panel Ethernet port allows full integration into your home network. View larger

DLNA Certified, Internet Radio, Pandora Internet Radio
Made for iPod, iPhone and iPad

From early on, Pioneer has embraced the Apple lifestyle. The VSX-822-K is a perfect example. Made for iPod, iPhone and iPad certification means it's easy to connect your Apple devices, with the included cable, to seamlessly bring your music and video library where you want it most: into your living room.

And new for 2012, the USB port has been upgraded to handle uncompressed 192Khz/24-bit FLAC and WAV music files from your PC or storage devices for true audiophile-level performance.


With AirPlay, stream music from iTunes to the VSX-822-K and play it through your home theater system without docks or cables. Simply connect the receiver to your home network via Ethernet, and it instantly becomes the hub for playback of your iTunes music from your connected Apple device or networked computer.

You can stream your music straight from your PC or Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the VSX-822-K at the touch of a button. Listen to your favorite song in your car using your iPhone, leave your car mid-song and walk into your home. Using the AirPlay icon on your iPhone, select the VSX-822-K. When you do, it'll power up automatically and continue your favorite song right where you left off.

You can even use the receiver to view song information, including song title and artist as well as album art on an HDMI-connected TV.

Connect to Your PC Music Files or Internet Radio

The VSX-822-K's networking ability opens a world of possibilities. A rear panel Ethernet port allows full integration into your home network, with Windows 7 and DLNA 1.5 certification; a whole new level of entertainment options are at your fingertips. Stream MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, or even FLAC music files from your PC, laptop or smartphone to your home theater system.

The VSX-822-K also supports Internet Radio with vTuner, so you can enjoy thousands of internet radio stations from around the world You can also access your Pandora Radio music service, complete with on-screen album art and song information.

Unleash your Smartphone's Music with Bluetooth

The VSX-822-K is fully ready for wireless Bluetooth audio from virtually any A2DP profile Bluetooth device. With the Pioneer AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter (sold separately), you can untether yourself from cables and inputs. Plus you'll enjoy enriched quality with Sound Retriever AIR technology, created specifically to enhance Bluetooth audio.

Plus, download Pioneer's exclusive Air Jam application for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices, which allows up to four Apple devices to be paired via Bluetooth to create playlists. Choose songs from your device to add to a group playlist to play back on the VSX-822-K. Like a song your friend added? Select it and buy it from iTunes, or watch the music video on YouTube.

Pioneer VSX-822-K AV Receiver Pioneer VSX-822-K AV Receiver
Ultimate Sound Control

With 400 watts of high power, direct energy amplification, the VSX-822-K supports formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio to give your Blu-ray Disc soundtracks unsurpassed audio quality. Pioneer also includes all of the Dolby and DTS surround formats, including the newest Dolby Pro Logic IIz height channel.

The VSX-822-K also features Pioneer's exclusive Auto 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 VSX-822-K AV Receiver
Featuring 6 HDMI inputs for all of your high definition sources. View larger

Pioneer ControlApp

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 compressed audio like WMA, MP3 and AAC is enhanced with another Pioneer exclusive, Advanced Sound Retriever and Sound Retriever Air, specifically designed for Bluetooth.

And since the only thing that should shock you is how good it sounds, there's also an Auto Level Control, equalizing volume differences between portable audio tracks or television programming and eliminating jarring volume changes.

The Latest HDMI Technology

All of Pioneer's newest receivers support the latest HDMI specifications. So not only do you get the most out of your existing movies and music, with the VSX-822, you're prepared for the new generation of 3D video content. With 6 HDMI inputs, you have plenty of connectivity options. All Pioneer receivers also offer advanced HDMI conveniences like Audio Return Channel and HDMI Standby Through.

Pioneer ControlApp

Control your VSX-822-K with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or select Android smartphones from your home network with Pioneer's exclusive ControlApp. Amaze friends and family as you take full control of your home theater sound in a whole new way.

All This and Looks Too

First impressions are everything. That's why, as the heart of your home theater system, the VSX-822-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.

Which Pioneer AV Receiver is Right for You?

VSX-522-K VSX-822-K VSX-1022-K VSX-1122-K
Yes Starting Strong Entertainment Hub Powerful and Well-Connected Sonic and Video Perfection
Surround Sound 5.1 Channels 5.1 Channels 7.2 Channels 7.2 Channels
HDMI Input/Output 4/1 6/1 6/1 6/1
Dolby True HD Yes Yes Yes Yes
DLNA 1.5 Yes Yes Yes
Windows 7 Yes Yes Yes
Sirius XM Yes
Pandora Yes Yes Yes
AV Navigator Yes
AirPlay Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth Ready Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Ready Yes
iControlAV2012 Yes
Control App Yes Yes Yes
iPhone Certification Yes Yes Yes Yes
iPad Certification Yes Yes Yes

Product Details

Style: VSX-822-K
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 17.1 x 6.6 inches ; 19.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 23.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B007O5ATM8
  • Item model number: VSX822K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (402 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,981 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at March 24, 2012
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By B. Ross on June 3, 2014
Style Name: VSX-1122-K Verified Purchase
Like many of the other reviews on this product... the receiver worked great for 18 months, then boom... no good. Pioneer released a firmware update that could not be performed via the internet update. I followed their instructions exactly as they prescribed... downloaded the firmware update files and copied them to a reformatted USB drive.

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.
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104 of 124 people found the following review helpful By FLmiami on December 11, 2012
Style Name: VSX-822-K
I wanted a NETWORK receiver, controllable from my iPhone and with AirPlay, to play music in my living room replacing a PIONEER VSX-D912K which still works fine, but it is from the pre-ETHERNET, pre-AIRPLAY, pre-HDMI era, and I evaluated several receivers: PIONEER VSX-822K, DENON AVR-1613, ONKYO TX-NR616 and TX-NR515. Each of them has pros and cons. After reading reviews, comparing specs, features, prices, etc., I bought the PIONEER because it met my requirements and it was heavily discounted in a local store during the Thanksgiving week 2012, offered at about $180. So, $200 (-53%) below MSRP, $100 below the DENON, and $170 below the ONKYO TX-NR616. At today's price (12/13/2012) $279 there are better options in that price range, such as Pioneer VSX-1022-K and Onkyo TX-NR515 at $299.


- AirPlay
- 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.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 16, 2013
Style Name: VSX-822-K Verified Purchase
Just purchased the VSX-822K as a refurbished for less than $150. At that price I figured, even if I didn't love it, I could keep it for a year and replace.

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.
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