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Pioneer VSX-521-K 5.1 Home Theater Receiver, Glossy Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 110 watts x 5 direct energy amplification
- Dolby True-HD and DTS-HD master audio decoders
- HDMI 1.4a 3D-ready with Audio Return Channel
- Pioneer MCACC room calibration
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This item Pioneer VSX-521-K 5.1 Home Theater Receiver, Glossy Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||superior sales||WHS GROUP LLC||GizmosForLife||Amazon.com||DEAL CHASER|
|Connectivity Technology||—||HDMI||Bluetooth||USB Port, SD Memory Card Slot, RCA Selector||Wired||Bluetooth;Parallel Port|
|Item Dimensions||17.2 x 14.3 x 6.6 in||13 x 17 x 6.3 in||17.31 x 11.81 x 4.75 in||7.5 x 15.75 x 19.5 in||10.9 x 16.9 x 5.2 in||21.57 x 15.2 x 5.5 in|
|Item Weight||19.8 lbs||16 lbs||10 lbs||18.58 lbs||14 lbs||17.75 lbs|
|Output Wattage||110 watts||200 watts||85 watts||350 watts||270 watts||2,000|
|Additional Features||—||Sleep Timer;3D Compatiblity||Integrated Green Edge technology, Bluetooth technology and DLNA 1.5 compliance, Built-in vTuner (Internet radio) streaming, Front-panel USB port, EzSet/EQ III auto-calibration||DC in Jack||2 Channel, 5 analog audio inputs, AM/FM tuner, Auto standby||Ipod docking station (Ipod not included), Powers 4 loudspeakers, Separate gain control for preamp and subwoofer, AM/FM Quartz Synthesized Tuner, 110-220V Switchable|
|Warranty||1 Year Parts and Labor||—||2 years warranty on parts and labor||1 year limited warranty||2 year coverage for parts, 2 year coverage for labor||1 year warranty|
With clean, compelling lines, the VSX-521 has been streamlined to look as elegant, modern and state-of-the-art as the technology inside. Technology designed to serve one singular purpose: to get you closer than ever before to the artist's true intent.
The VSX-521 is fully ready for wireless Bluetooth audio from virtually any A2DP profile Bluetooth device, including iPod, iPhone, iPad, Smartphones, laptops, etc. With the Pioneer AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter, you can untether yourself from cables and inputs. And you'll enjoy near CD-quality with Sound Retriever AIR technology, created specifically to enhance Bluetooth audio.
Of course the VSX-521 supports the latest high-definition audio formats, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio to give your Blu-ray Disc soundtracks unsurpassed audio quality. But Pioneer also includes all of the Dolby and DTS surround formats best suited for the wide variety of entertainment sources, including the newest Dolby Pro Logic IIz height channel.
All of Pioneer's newest receivers support the latest HDMI 1.4a specification. So not only do you get the most out of your existing movies and music, with the VSX-521 you're prepared for the next generation of 3D video content. With 4 HDMI inputs, you've got plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available. All Pioneer receivers also offer advanced HDMI conveniences like Audio Return Channel and HDMI Standby Through.
Audio Codecs Supported - Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Video Modes Supported - 1080p and below Digital Formats Supported - WMA, MP3, and AAC In the box - Microphone (for Auto MCACC Setup) Remote Control Two (2) AAA Batteries AM Loop Antenna FM Wire Antenna Operating Instructions Unit Dimensions - Product W x H x D (inches) 17.16 W x 6.6 H x 14.27 D, Weight 19.8 lbs Manufacturer's 1-year warranty
Popular Receiver Options
|Watts/Channel||110 x 5||100 x 5||75 x 5||60 x 5||100 x 7|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year||2 years||2 years||2 years||2 years|
|3D Pass-through Ready?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Radio Antenna (FM/AM) Input||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Auto Calibration Microphone||No||No||No||No||No|
|Smartphone App Control||No||No||No||No||No|
|Advanced Audio Formats:|| || || || || |
|Composite AV Inputs||4||4||3||4||3|
|Analog Audio Inputs||2||4||4||5||2|
|Digital Optical Audio Inputs||2||2||1||2||2|
|Digital Coaxial Audio Inputs||1||2||1||1||1|
|Stereo Mini Jack Input||0||1||1||0||0|
|Headphone Jack Output||0||1||0||1||0|
Top customer reviews
I have an old (mid seventies) Technics partial tube type receiver set up for my wife's record collection. The sound is far superior to anything the Pioneer can produce. I might have worked better with a separate sub woofer.
Cons: Difficult to set up. Poor sound reproduction.
As an amplifier, this Pioneer model is fantastic! I have the amp pushing a Polk Audio 5.1 surround system. Actually, I shouldn't say that the amp is "pushing" because the Polk's are rated for 100W and the Pioneer is rated the same. I can't even go past a volume level of 40 without rumbling all of the walls in the house! Now that is just with a movie!
The VSX-521-K has MANY surround & stereo modes to choose from. This is an AWESOME feature since I listen to a lot of music. Depending upon the the source of your music, the amp delivers crisp and clear output! Tryout [...] for a sampling of music at 256Bit! Not only will you become a "MOGGER", but you will be addicted to the clarity of this amp!
Setup was very easy with the comprehensive manual included. OH, if you have a Logitech Harmony Remote, this model is not a compatible device. That was a slight bummer, so I returned my Harmony back to Amazon without a problem. I used my favorite and what I consider to be the BEST speaker wire... Mediabridge 16 guage through Amazon of course.
I consider the Pioneer VSX-512-K as a mid-entry Home Theater Receiver. Possibly a more expensive unit would not have the HDMI problems that this unit has? Regardless, I'm VERY SATISFIED with this Pioneer unit, and highly recommend it! This unit is PACKED with features that should satisfy all of your needs.
Needless to say, I wasn't too eager to hear what degradation in audio quality I'd have to put up with, but low and behold, this amp is an effing DREAM!!! IMHO.
It's automatic setup sends pink-noise through each and every speaker to make the initial internal settings, and it does a mighty good job of it. (Level settings, not true "voicing.") This allowed me to go back later to make minor adjustments and get the kind of 7-speaker performance I wasn't even hoping for. (The ads and postings for this model say that it's 5.1 surround only, but the manual describes how to get it to do 6.1 and even 7.1 if you have the speakers and extra amps for it.) For me, that means twin rear surrounds with independent inputs, and the proper decoding for that is definitely being done by this unit. The freq-range through those back speakers is amazing, much better than any theater I've been in.
As for general performance, I'm driving two KEF towers, (which were too heavy to steal,) a KEF center-speaker with its own Lancer subwoofer, (for FULL-fidelity dialogue track,) two large Pioneer side-speakers, and two rear surrounds also built by Lancer. (My main KEFs go down to 20CPS (+/- 3db) so a main subwoofer is just not necessary.) I'm listing all this because that is what my Carver was driving, with the help of two more Carver power amps to drive the side channels and the rears. (Approx 700 watts of honest Carver power - RMS.)
To my astonishment, the VSX-521 has replaced my old Carver, and one of the Carver power-amps. And it has done this with ample power in reserve, and astonishing fidelity.
I also lost a Panasonic DVD recorder in the robbery, which I replaced with a newer model, which then allowed me to make HDMI connections for everything! (Obviously the main explanation for the audio quality.)
With the DVD recorder talking to the VSX-521 through HDMI, available surround modes are selected automatically. (Subject to override of course.) This makes the entire entertainment process a breeze. I like to experiment of course, but I usually return to the auto-selection because I can't make things any "better." (Technology has come a long, long way.)
Aside from being blown away by this unit, in convenience, power and pure audio quality, I am amazed that they can bring so much to their customers for so little money. There are tons of features and flexibility, and I couldn't imagine any reasonable person being dissatisfied with this unit for any reason.
NOTE, be prepared to read and experiment to get the most out of this honey. It will work right out of the box with very little intervention, but understanding what it has available for you, really depends on reading the manual. Hence, the rated 5.1 surround capability, also offering 6.1 as well as 7.1 (if you know what you are doing!)
Yes, I would recommend this unit to anybody and everybody. It's feature-packed, powerful and exciting, and Amazon made the purchase and delivery a sheer delight. After my robbery, it's a comfort to be treated with respect. It's also a delight to see so little of my money pouring out of my bank account.