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Pioneer VSX-522-K

Pioneer VSX-522-K
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323 reviews

Jul, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 298 user reviews of Pioneer VSX-522-K from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on

76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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

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bon produit


Tres satisfait pour le prix


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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...


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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

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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...

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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

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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

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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

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Pioneer fixed it for free, they put in $250 board to fix a unit I only paid 150 for. Can't beat that deal

Was with out it for three weeks

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Grate Product, Very Satisfied


Sound is excellent for everything I've tried including music, PS3, HTPC, and blu-ray ; An ipod adapter is included so that you can play music off your ipod/ipad while charging it. This would be great except I rarely use this feature because Airplay is...


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Workhorse unit


If you need all the bells and whistles such as Windows 7 streaming, HDMI upgrades and want to pay an extra 100 bucks then go for it. If you want just solid surround sound and I highly reccomend my Polk 5.1 or higher then this will work for you nicely...

I did a lot of research between brands and on the various models in this Pioneer family before purchasing this one. I should preface my review by saying that a month earlier I had purchased a 5.1 polk surround for a 15x15 entertainment room not...

It only does 2 things which I am not sure about. Very rarely the screen on my Toshiba LCD will blank out for 1 second when using the video HDMI pass through on xbox 360 or my sony BD player. Its possible, with all the digital data being sent that the...