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Pioneer VSX-820-K 5.1 Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 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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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
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
My only minor quibble is that all eight inputs are available when selecting a desired input mode (CD, DVD, BD, tuner, Sirius, etc.) - it would be easy enough for the amp to do an autoscan on inputs and only show those that are actually connected. As my set-up is simply Tuner/BD and sometimes USB it would be nice if this unit would exclude un-used inputs. For the price this is a great value.
- iPhone functionality is pretty good - you get basic functionality including the ability to stop and start and the on-screen display is functional (although by no means pretty - it's just text-based)
- audio set-up was amazingly easy and very quick
- at first the audio assignments to devices were a little confusing, but after reading the manual I kind of like how you set them up (by selecting the device you want to assign and then assigning it rather than going through a convoluted menu)
- the HDMI connection worked beautifully and quickly
- the optical digital audio worked flawlessly as well
- does not upconvert anything, meaning that if it came in as composite it needs to go to the TV via a composite cable
- on-screen display menu requires a component connection instead of just going through HDMI
- iPhone connection in the front - this is more a personal preference, but I'd rather the connection be in the back and just have the cable available to plug in whenever. With it sticking out in front I'm concerned that someone will walk by it, hit it and break it off
- the cover over the front inputs seems cheap - almost better to have not put it there at all
All said, though, this receiver did exactly what I wanted it to when others did not and did it with ease.
I choose the Pioneer after reviewing many similarly priced and featured models, what I have learned about the electronics world is similar to computers, new today old tomorrow.
I wanted a manufacture trusted a product that was not intimidating and reliability.
Pioneer 820-K came out on top, after looking hard at (Onkyo, Sony, Dennon). The features where there I wanted it ready for #D (still not ready in my mind) I wanted HDMI, 5.1 channel,
I have combined this receiver with a Samsung b 740 series (240 hz) TV, a Samsung 6500 Series Blue Ray, Sony VCR (its part of the original 11 year old system), Bose acoustimass 15 speakers (part of the 11 year old system) and a direct TV satellite system.
I am extremely happy with all of the above, I tend to go for the quality in a product today.
Hookup took about 3 hours, The absolute worst part was the onscreen set up, it will only work with cabling not HDMI. So a little pain, but how many times do you set stuff up. I used the Pioneer sound set up system to set my Bose speakers, it did a great job, no complaints and it was easy. I used fiber optic on both the satellite and the Blue Ray.
Overall: I am happy with the Pioneer 820, as usual it will probably take me awhile to really test the system as the boss doe not like to "play with the system".
Would I recommend this receiver yes, simple and a good product.
The biggest negative, NOT MADE IN THE USA