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Pioneer VSX 816-S

Pioneer VSX 816-S
alaAverage 3.4

10 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews of Pioneer VSX 816-S. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews.

On average, users rate this product 67/100.

Review analysis

(Based on 10 reviews)

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Pioneer VSX 816-S from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Pioneer VSX-816-S 7.1-channel XM-Ready A/V receiver, Silver

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Chris Martens (

Pioneer VSX-816 7.1-Channel A/V Receiver


For years, Pioneer has offered both standard- series AVRs, thought to offer good value for money, and more expensive Elite-series models targeted toward performance-minded enthusiasts. Recently, Pioneer surprised us by replacing its entire standard AVR...

The VSX-816 offers a user interface and remote control that are well thought out. The VSX-816’s sheer performance per dollar is just remarkable. Highly recommended. TPV

Aug, 2008

Consumer review by: Charixfox (

Pioneer VSX-816-S


If you are looking for a good, high-quality receiver for light non-HDMI use to last you for many years... look elsewhere. Based on conversations with Pioneer, the failure rate after 8-18 months is relatively high. If you didn't buy it from an...

Automatic setup makes it a breeze to get decent sound from any speakers

Seems to die a very common death of a "short" or broken connection internally that causes volume issues and front and center channels especially to completely die

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: bcmoseley (

Pioneer VSX-816-S


I bought the Pioneer VSX-816 based on CNET's editor's rating and boy have I regretted the purchase. The sound output really sucks compared to my 15 year old Yamaha that died just prior to purchasing this POS.

Shiny Product Made by Pioneer

Not Reliable - After 18 months, a short has developed and I cannot keep a consistent volume output (or the center channel sound goes out)

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: MVPinBoynton (

Pioneer VSX-816-S


I just love this receiver. I still can't believe how reasonably priced it was. The main reason I wanted a new receiver was to have a speaker setup system like this one has and oh what a difference it makes when listening to the system. This purchase...

Very easy to setup and MACC auto speaker setup is fantastic and so easy to use. Outstanding price for what you get. Plenty of power

No HDMI, Display a little small

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: jballen66 (

Pioneer VSX-816-S


Set up and arrangement of the system is not particularly intuitive. I've worked with lots of systems and this one required lots of intense concentration and analysis before that Ah Ha! moment occured. I finally had to call tech support for assistance...

Self adjusting surround sound is awesome

Partial failure of remote control

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: none (

Great product for the money!


Nice sound and variations of sound. Like the MCACC!For the money I think this is a great buy.

Accurate Controls, Clean Sound, Durable, Easy To Set Up, Good Power

Footpad incorrectly mount

May, 2007

Product Specifications

The VSX-816-S is the perfect choice for a small to medium sized home theater. With 7 channels of high powered amplification you can feel free to turn up the volume and immerse yourself in the 3 dimensional surround sound experiences of today's DVD movies, music, games, PC audio, and High-Definition TV. Auto MCACC (Multi Channel Acoustic Calibration) ensures easy set-up and multi-channel accuracy. First, it "listens" with the supplied room calibration microphone, to how well your speakers and room "get along"; then it makes adjustments to ensure that sound from each speaker is reaching your ears at the same time and same volume. As to any "issues" your speakers and room may have, Auto MCACC applies professional level acoustic equalization "therapy" to each speaker, ensuring you hear the "real" soundtrack. Three component video inputs provide high-definition and progressive scan video switching.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Product Type: None

Audio System

Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital Surround EX / Dolby Pro Logic IIx / DTS 96/24 / DTS decoder / DTS Neo:6 / DTS-ES Discrete 6.1
Functions (KA):AV receiver
Sound Effects:Loudness
Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV components
Surround System Class:7.1 channel
Type:AV receiver


Coaxial Digital Input: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
Optical Digital Input: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Band Qty:5 bands


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pioneer VSX




Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Universal remote control

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty