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Pioneer VSX-821

Pioneer VSX-821
alaScore 85

125 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 125 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 125 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 1 user review 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 4.2/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on Amazon.co.uk.

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

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Amazon.com review summary for Pioneer VSX-821

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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EASY SET UP VIA HDMI

 

EASY SET UP VIA HDMI

None at this price

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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

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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