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Pioneer VSX-522-K

Pioneer VSX-522-K
alaScore 84

394 reviews

Feb, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 394 reviews of Pioneer VSX-522-K. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Pioneer VSX-522-K is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 366 user reviews of Pioneer VSX-522-K from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on

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This summary is based on the products: Pioneer VSX-522-K 400W 5-Channel A/V Receiver, iPod & iPhone, BlackPioneer VSX-522-K 400W 5-Channel A/V Receiver, iPod & iPhone, Black

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: N/A (

Oversized Paperweight


The customer support of Pioneer is weird - first of all navigation on their page is absolute mystery to me, no links to warranty service, returns or repairs, all there is are FAQs and that's about it. I had to send them an email, as I felt like that is...

Nice design ; That's it

The menu only comes up through the RCA ; HDMI never worked ; Dolby is weird - only sends chimes to the rear channel ; Send lower frequencies only to the sub, therefor if you have tower speakers hooked up in the front channels all you get is tweeter and...

May, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (

Defective Discontinuted Junk


While working it was great but

just after 2 years the audio cuts out on all my HDMI devices. i checked the troubleshooting, no help, after a quick search of the internet i found people have the same issue. when i went to the pioneer website this model is no longer listed on their site

Oct, 2014

Consumer review by: Ben (

Solid A/V Reciever


not a bad unit for the price, would likely not buy another one with the same budget though.

Unit has a pretty good amount of features for the price ; Good price ; Digital display looks nice and can be dimmed ; Unit stays cool and doesn't seem to need to warm up ; lots of ports and a/v out for the price ; MCACC feature is cool ; Brushed finish...

TOSLINK only seems to work on the SAT/CBL input ; Headphone jack broke (after little use) ; HDMI gets fuzzy and is unbearable at times (defect in unit,seems common though) ; USB input ONLY works with Apple devices, no support for Android(will obviously...

Aug, 2014

Consumer review by: steph (

bon produit


Tres satisfait pour le prix


Jul, 2014

Consumer review by: Jim S. (

Pioneer VSX-522-K


-The iOS support over USB is nice; digital audio streaming, no interference, and it charges the device to boot. Plus you can control music playback using the receiver's remote. Having moved away from using Apple products over the past few years, it is...

Decodes/plays almost every audio stream I've thrown at it. DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD, 5.1 FLAC audio streams (provided my PS3 can play it), etc ; 4 HDMI inputs (for my Playstation and Xbox360), TOSLINK/Opticla/SPDIF (for Wii) ; Auto calibration mode

As several reviewers have pointed out, the settings menu can only be accessed via component/composite. I knew that going in and am not bothered by it (having only used it like 5 times). Still it would be nice to have it work over HDMI ; The audio from...

Jun, 2014

Consumer review by: Shandon C (

Second review ( testing complete )


Will buy next generation internet ready pioneer set-up

I bought this Refurbished: Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater Receiver, 3D Ready - VSX-522-K in response to purchasing a new flat screen TV, PS3,Powered subwoofer and center channel speaker which was later replaced with an entire premium 5.1-ch. home theater...

NONE ----Still looking and testing

Jun, 2014

Consumer review by: 7h3 hAXoR (

It works


Pioneer could have stepped up with the menu using HDMI instead of RCA / component setup.

It was cheaper at Newegg at the time. Gained a few extra HDMI ports as my tv only has two of them ; It does work with banana plugs, which is how I have it setup with the Pioneer SP-BS21-LR speakers I have. [Should have spent more $$ on the speakers

You need to have RCA [component video] hooked up in order to view the on-screen setup.. as this unit does not use the HDMI pass through to have it display .. Some of the similar models [82x series or later] allow you to view it without the extra cables...

Jun, 2014

Consumer review by: N/A (



I have a 5.1 surround sound speaker system coming out of this which worked out pretty well, the receiver wasn't as beastly as i had wished.

Great sound ; Compatable with 5.1 systems ; Many HDMI ports for a great hub ; Easy to use

About 6 months into the use the speaker ports had been blown. I dont listen to anything loud on this receiver so it must've been the parts. Had to spend $100 to repair it ; bad customer support ; cheap parts ; some HDMI ports are loss

May, 2014

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Pioneer VSX-522-K


Packaging was great, all the parts/instructions & original packing materials were in place, unit seems brand new, no scratches, all features fully functioning as far as I can tell so far. Other than the price, I wouldn't know if it was refurbished....

Best deal on the internet for a powerful, but basic receiver ; I bought the previous generation of this (VSX-521) to power a whole house system 2 years ago ; and it's flawlessly powered 8 pairs of speakers since then (using an impedance correcting 8...

none so far ; Inputs & outputs have been changed a bit from the VSX-521 to the 522 model ; but the 522 adds a front iPod port so that's a plus

May, 2014

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Pioneer VSX-522-K


Looks nice

Arrived with defect. The sound is very muddy on one speaker. I changed the speaker. The problem still existed. Do not waste time to buy it. Newegg allowed me to return it. But I lost my time. I will by a YAMAHA receivers

May, 2014