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on November 20, 2006
Got this receiver today to replace my 11-year-old Denon AVR-2000G 5.1 Pro-Logic Receiver for all the new standards (Dolby Digital, DTS, Digital-EX, etc). My Denon has 80w (@16ohms, 1kHz, 0.05% THD) per-channel of fronts and center, and 25w for rears. This Pioneer entry-level receiver has 100w each channel. I use a set of Polk RM6750 5.1 Speakers. I use the movie "Take the Lead" at the tango part for testing, also tested with an audio CD. Result? My Denon's sound is much reacher and deeper than the 11 year younger light-weight Pioneer VSX-516-K. I can hear much more details with my old 30lbs Denon AVR-2000G than the Pioneer even it's not a digital receiver. The different is very obvious to me, and I'm not even an expert. I turned up the volume on the Pioneer, but the sound is just "thinner" than my Denon. Maybe I'm not comparing apple to apple, but obviously it's not newer, digital, more function, the better.
Conclusion: 11-year-old 30lbs Denon AVR-2000 beats brand new 13lbs Pioneer VSX-516K.
Opinion: Good value receiver. Maybe this receiver is good for someone who never had a receiver before, but if you'd a nice but maybe old receiver, this one doesn't necessary bring you better sound quality.