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Pioneer VSX-823-K

Pioneer VSX-823-K
alaScore 90

74 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Pioneer VSX-823-K is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 74 reviews)

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Pioneer VSX-823-K


The pitch for Pioneer's VSX-823-K ($400 street price) is straightforward: six HDMI inputs, built-in AirPlay, and not much else. That's more HDMI connectivity than the similarly AirPlay-equipped Denon AVR-E300 ($400) offers, and AirPlay gives it an edge...

The Pioneer VSX-823-K has a good feature set, with six HDMI inputs, including an MHL-compatible front-panel input. It has built-in networking, with AirPlay compatibility and integrated support for Pandora, Internet radio, and DLNA. The Pioneer also...

Sony's competing STR-DN840 offers built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and AirPlay for $50 more. Other networked AV receivers offer more streaming services, such as Spotify and SiriusXM. The included one-year warranty is also half as long as most manufacturers...

The Pioneer VSX-823-K is a good deal for AirPlay fans looking for lots of HDMI connectivity, but it falls short on wireless features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

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"AirPlay implementation is poor, and cuts out constant"


Returning back to BestBuy tomorrow.

- Good number of HDMIs

Very poor AirPlay implementation, my

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"Great Receiver!"


Ok so I had a REALLY old Sony receiver that I decided to replace because it was from the mid 90's and wasn't 5.1, Dolby Digital or have any HDMI hookups. So I walked into Best Buy and found this baby at 25% off 300.00 instead of 400.00!!!

Great price, lots of features and hookups

No paper user manual (on a cd rom), speaker wires were hard to hookup


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Perfect all around system to get started


I had an older system and needed to upgrade to HDMI. I have everything else like DVD player, Cable Box, media (ROKU), and got and Xbox for son for Christmas. As a result of this purchase I've pulled everything together nicely and the sound is really...

quality, sound, ease of use, and price

nothing found to dislike so far

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Great Amp but...


This was my first amp so had some challenges. But likes how easy it was to set it up including noise reduction. However, after just a couple of days it stopped showing its own UI. Tried calling their support, but you have a better chance winning...


intermediatary issues

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good amp


I like the sound but had problems hooking up to tvThis product has... Plenty of power for all my needsAbout me... Tech savvy

good sound

hard to set up

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Great sound quality and great features for the pri


Great receiver for the price. Only the on-screen display is too simple and not easy to use. Air-play is great feature. Also this receiver has a 4k pass through for the future TVs, which is also great.This product has... Plenty of power for all my...

4k pass trough

On-screen display too simple

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Way better than a theater in a box unit.


Great receiver. Despite the high pitched squeal during a channel change, this is way better than those theater in a box units. If your looking for a basic 5.1 surround receiver, I recommend this one.This product has... Plenty of power for all my needs,...

Plenty of hdmi inputs, basic controls

Loud pop/squeak noise from all 5.1 channels during a flip of the channel on our digital cable box connected via hdmi

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awesome just awesome


Lots of features that are a bit hard to figure out but overall it's an incredible unitThis product has... Plenty of power for all my needs, Interfaces well with TV, Good multi-zone capabilityAbout me... Tech savvy, Technically challenged

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Great sound. Advanced option not easy to set


The Pioneer VSX-823-K is a good deal, with lots of HDMI connectivity, but it falls short on wireless features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The sound is very good. The settings are difficult to select and the remote control does not help.This product...

The sound is great and basic operation is simple

The remote control is not intuitive. Advanced options not easy to select