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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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Technical Details

  • Made for iPod/iPhone certified - includes USB/composite video cable
  • Bluetooth Ready with optional Pioneer AS-BT100 bluetooth adapter
  • HDMI (V.1.4a with 3D) - 4 inputs / 1 output
  • New Dolby ProLogic IIz

Product Description

Product Description

Key Features are 110 watts X 5, Dolby True-HD / DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Pro-Logic IIz Height Channel Decoder, Auto MCACC with room EQ, Phase Control Auto Level Control – 2 Channel, Advanced Sound Retriever – 2 channel, iPod Digital USB / USB Memory Audio / OSD, Front A/V Inputs, Sirius Satellite Radio w/OSD, Bluetooth Ready w/ optional AS-BT100, HDMI Repeater (4 In / 1 out), Deep Color, x.v. color, Component Video Inputs (2 in / 1 out), Audio Inputs (6 in / 1out - includes Tuner), Audio/Video Inputs (4in / 1 out), Digital Inputs (3 - 1 coax / 2opt), Dolby PLIIz Pre-Out, Glossy Black Cosmetic, Preset Remote Control.

From the Manufacturer

Pioneer VSX-820-K Receiver: A Complete AV Control Center at a Surprising Value

  • "Works with iPhone"-certified, USB/Composite video cable included
  • Support for latest HDMI® spec (3-D ready), plus DTS-HD®, Dolby® TrueHD, and Dolby Pro Logic IIz
  • Bluetooth® ready (with AS-BT100 adapter, sold separately)
There's only one way to get closer to an artist's true intent--and that's to get as close as possible to exactly what the artist created. With this in mind, Pioneer ushers in an entirely new era of high definition stereophonic performance. From enjoying the very best 1080p high definition picture available to hearing every last nuance with award-winning audio capabilities, Pioneer's range of receivers offers nothing less than a miraculous performance at every level. And with an ever-increasing list of connectivity and integration options as well, these receivers will also guarantee to get you closer to the original experience than ever before.

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
"Works with iPhone" Certification Provides iPhone Users the Ultimate Plug-and-Play Integration
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
The Latest HDMI Technology Gets You Ready for 3-D
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
Looking to complete your ultimate Pioneer home theater? Consider adding these suggested premium Pioneer in-wall and in-ceiling speakers for a rich, immersive home theater experience without taking up a lot of room. Or keep things personal with a pair of Pioneer advanced audiophile over-ear headphones for intense critical listening.

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
(with adapter)
USB/ iPhone Certified Internet Radio iPhone Remote App PC Control HDMI In - 3D Ready On-Screen Display
110x5 Watts Pre-Out
- - - - 3 -
110x5 Watts Pre-Out
- - - 4 Text
110x7 Watts Speaker Assign
- - - 4 Text
110x7 Watts Speaker Assign
- 6 inc. Front GUI
120x7 Watts Pre-Out and Speaker
6 inc. Front/
1 Out

Technical Specifications

  • Channels: 5.1 surround sound
  • Power: 110x5 watts
  • HDMI Specification: v. 1.4, 3D, Deep Color and X.V. Color
  • HDMI Ports: 4 in, 1 out
  • Component Ports: 2 in, 1 out
  • Audio Codecs Supported: DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic IIz with pre-out
  • Video Modes Supported: 1080p and below
  • Digital Formats Supported: JPEG, MP3, WAV, WMA
  • "Works with iPhone"-certified

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    By William P. Dulmaine on May 8, 2010
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    After trying a Denon, and two Yamaha's, I finally hit gold with the Pioneer VSX-820.
    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.
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    I have just completed an exhaustive search to replace my Panasonic SA-XR57 that was in my bedroom. I tried out two Onkyo TX-SR308 5.1-Channel Home Theater Receivers (both took way too long displaying anything on my TV via HDMI and could not do anything with the digital optical audio coming out of my satellite box) and a Sony STR-DN1000 7.1-Channel Audio Video Receiver (which was better with the HDMI connection to the TV although not altogether satisfactorily so and worked well with the optical connection but had a problem with the left surround output). After going through that many receivers within a two week period, I was nearly convinced to just give up. Fortunately, I went ahead and got the VSX-820.Read more ›
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    I picked this up at a local retailer. Looks good and the sound is pretty good. Didn't seem much better or worse than my 10 year old Denon receiver it replaced (but that's not a bad thing). Video over HDMI looks good.

    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.
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