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Pioneer VSX-821

Pioneer VSX-821
alaScore 85

124 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 124 reviews from magazines and websites.

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 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 124 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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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...

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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...

Consumer review by:

Buy another brand

 

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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...

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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

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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

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3d pass through is not so good

 

good for the

3d pass through doesnt give u the clarity

Consumer review by:

EASY SET UP VIA HDMI

 

EASY SET UP VIA HDMI

None at this price

Consumer review by:

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

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I'm quite impressed!

 

I control my stereo, TV, Blu-ray, CD jukebox and cable box with a Logitech 688 smart remote. Removed the old Yamaha receiver, added the VSX-821 and it all just worked.

Plenty of power ; Very low noise and distortion levels ; Modern array of input capabilities ; All my speakers are suddenly a lot better ; Needed the A&B speaker capabilities ; Manual better than most

None at this point

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Well worth the money!!

 

I had some problems with the manual at first so I just went online and got the number for customer service the guy had an accent but was really helpful. These days everything is moving over to HDMI but if you dont mind still using RGB or Composite...

First Pro: The price for about $169.99- 179.99 this unit is a steal ; The sound is rich and nice ; Once you have it setup and read the manual its fairly simple to use ; Sleek finish, adds class to the home theater system ; Comes with IPOD wire

There are a few cons with this system, first one being the one every one is talking about that is the HDMI!! you have to use RGB or Composite wires to access the internal menu, this can be a pain but if you dont mind doing so this may not be a con in...

Product Specifications

Configuration

AirPlay: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DIGITAL RADIO: No
DLNA certified: No

Connectivity

Ethernet: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
iPod Control:Direct Control
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
YUV Interface: Yes

General Features

3D: Yes
Loudspeakers: No

Sound

Dolby / DTS:Dolby True HD / DTS HD
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