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Pioneer VSX-522-K

Pioneer VSX-522-K
alaScore 87

314 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 314 reviews from magazines and websites.

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 87/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 314 reviews)

User Reviews  

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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...

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Great Entry level 5.1


So far, a great unit. I have it set up in my basement family room. Two Pioneer speakers bought in the 70's in Hong Kong (on R&R), two Infinity speakers, and a passive center channel speaker (Infinity). Amazing sound for an entry level amp. I've always...

It would be nice to have a printed manual rather than a CD. I printed out the manual from the .pdf on the CD, but it's a little hard to read. If you don't have a basic knowledge of A/V hook up and set up, it can be a little tough

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Excellent Entry-Level Receiver


The person who stated in their review that this doesn't work with surround sound on a Roku is incorrect. I have a Roku 3 and it works perfectly. Perhaps they did not have the "surround sound" option set on the Roku, but it works perfectly for me. I...

Inexpensive, 4 HDMI inputs, good power for price, automatic sound adjustment for room acoustics

Remote isn't universal, controls only Pioneer products. No radio presets on face (remote only)


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Pioneer Receiver VSX-522-K.. :(


The box had a puncher hole in the side when it arrived so that may have had some affect to the receiver though the packaging was fine.

Worked for a couple of days of use ; Radio was very smooth

Letters on the screen mix up after the couple of days ; Tried a factory reset, didn't work ; The receiver still works though the display screen is all messed up

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Not an owner, because...


At a time I was seriously considering a Pioneer receiver. Whether it's a Newegg thing or a Pioneer thing, since they went to this "you can't know the price until you checkout" garbage, I will not buy. Tell me how much it is, period. If I have to make...


Mystery pricing scheme

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It's not bad for the price. My advice: spend the extra 100 or 200 on the next model up.

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Not Good


I have the 1022 unit for my Home theater set up in my living room and have not had any issues with that unit for a couple years. Wanted this set-up to use on my gaming computer. I ended up with a YAMAHA instead. Doesn't look as pretty but does the job.

Looks nice

First one I received did not hav output to surround speakers. RMA'ed. Second one still no output to surrounds and then ubrutly died alltogether. RMA'ed for refund. Newegg did me good on RMA process and paid for return shipping on both units

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Nice for the money


I like this receiver for the simple fact that I am using it for my HDMI projector. It allows me to split the sound off without running RCA cables and HDMI together because my projector does not have an audio out. I dont like the instructions being on a...

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Worth the Price


(Instructions are on the CD)This receiver looks good and works great for the low price.

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Way too complicated, lousy instructions and layout


I got this receiver for my Dad to replace an old surround sound, component receiver. This thing was a headache from the start, difficult to set up, confusing, overly complicated features and way too difficult in basic operation. He just needed a basic,...