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Pioneer VSX-821

Pioneer VSX-821
alaScore 84

128 reviews

Nov, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 reviews of Pioneer VSX-821. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, 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-821 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pioneer VSX-821

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Pioneer VSX-821 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on Amazon.co.uk.

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

This summary is based on the products: 5.1 Channel HDMI 3D AV Receiver with HD Audio & iPod/iPhone/iPad Digital Direct5.1 Channel HDMI 3D AV Receiver with HD Audio & iPod/iPhone/iPad Digital Direct

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pioneer VSX-821

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 user reviews of Pioneer VSX-821 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pioneer VSX-821-K 5.1 Home Theater Receiver, Glossy Black (Old Version)Pioneer VSX-821-K 5.1 Home Theater Receiver, Glossy Black (Old Version)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Kim Wilson (hometheatermag.com)

Pioneer VSX-821 A/V Receiver

 

This entry-level A/V receiver is a small investment that gets you into the new 3D landscape. It's powerful enough for a small to moderate-sized room, it provides essential surround codecs for the latest movie soundtracks, and it offers quick setup with...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Kim Wilson (soundandvision.com)

Pioneer VSX-821 A/V Receiver

 

On the face of it, the Pioneer VSX-821 has all the features you might need, especially in an AVR selling for well under $400. It delivers a respectable 110 watts to each of five channels and is 3D-ready.

Nov, 2011

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Expert review by: Kim Wilson (hometheater.com)

Pioneer VSX-821 A/V Receiver

 

This entry-level A/V receiver is a small investment that gets you into the new 3D landscape. It's powerful enough for a small to moderate-sized room, it provides essential surround codecs for the latest movie soundtracks, and it offers quick setup with...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: BigPictureBigSound (bigpicturebigsound.com)

Pioneer VSX-821-K Receiver Review

 

Nice price, Solid performer, Excellent option for 3D and for HDMI sources, Plenty of A/V connections, Can add iPod/iPhone/iPad out of the box, Nice price, Solid performer, Excellent option for 3D and for HDMI sources, Plenty of A/V connections, Can add...

Source selection dial is goofy, No Audyssey (has MCACC instead), No analog video upconversion or transcoding to HDMI digital output (requires separate cables to TV for analog sources), 7.1 requires separate power amp, No networking extras

It may not be the cream of the crop, but Pioneer's VSX-821 is a solid, entry-level 5.1-channel surround receiver with excellent audio and video performance, within its limitations. If you're looking for bells and whistles like networking and analog...

Apr, 2011

Consumer review by: Gan (newegg.com)

Buy another brand

 

none

I bought this less than a year ago and the video(TV picture) is going on a blink every 15 seconds. Called Pioneer about the problem and they referred me to their service center who said to reset the system to factory default. Followed their...

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

VSX-821-K

 

Most people think they can plug and play modern receivers. If you are not tech savy, read the manual. The manual is very detailed and technical, so it needs to be treated as such and studied until you know what it can and can't do. I was very sceptical...

Looks great. Features are functional and not just bells and whistles. Plenty of connections for my home theatre. Pre outs provide the ability to run a 7.1 setup. Auto speaker calibration. Receiver works as designed(see other thoughts)

Have only owned for about 3 months. Only issue is how Pioneer designed the standby thru function. It will work, but the receiver has to be on. I knew this before I bought it, so no big deal

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Magster (newegg.com)

Great Device (Samsung Owners - Heads Up)

 

It has a slew of features that may overwhelm the non audiophile. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR SAMSUNG OWNERS. If you have a Samsung TV and blu ray player disable Anynet right away or your blu ray will not playback. Oh it runs but you won't be able to see...

Video quality and great features overall ; Video on this thing is ridiculously unbelievably cool. I wasn't expecting such a major difference. Sharp clear video quality. It's really nice

Set up. It started off seemingly difficult but it got better after a while

May, 2012

Consumer review by: jackson (newegg.com)

3d pass through is not so good

 

good for the

3d pass through doesnt give u the clarity

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: Smooth Audio (newegg.com)

EASY SET UP VIA HDMI

 

EASY SET UP VIA HDMI

None at this price

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Good price

 

HDMI connections make it act funny, read manual carfully to get it to work with universal remotes with macro's to get it to power stuff on correctly.

easy installation, price

Size, would not fit where i wanted it to, I made due

Apr, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/192kHz
Audio output channels:5.1
Power output per channel (20-20KHz@8 Ohm):130
Receiver Type:Surround
RMS rated power:550
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):79
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):0.05

Energy Management

AC input frequency:60
AC input voltage:120
Power consumption (standby):0.4
Power consumption (typical):415

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WMA
Video compression format:MPEG4

Inputs

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:2
Digital audio coaxial in:1
Digital audio optical in:2
HDMI in:4
Multichannel audio input type:Terminals

Networking

Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: No

Optical Drive

Optical drive included: No

Outputs

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
HDMI out:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:7
Multichannel audio output type:Terminals

Ports & interfaces

Wireless technologies:Wired

Radio

AM band range:530 - 1700
FM band:87.5 - 108
Preset stations quantity:30
Supported bands:AM, FM

Technical Details

AirPlay: No
Apple docking compatibility: No
Built-in audio decoders:Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Neo:6, DTS-HD
Color of product:Black
Equalizer: Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Sleep Timer: Yes

Video

3D compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:14.3
Height:6.61
Weight:20.3
Width:17.1