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Pioneer VSX-823-K

Pioneer VSX-823-K
alaScore 90

68 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 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 68 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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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

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Love the sound and the price


Absolutely love this receiver. The app control works great, sound is amazing!This product has... Plenty of power for all my needs, Interfaces well with TV, Easy to use controls, Good multi-zone capability

control app

Not wireless

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Excellent upgrade from prior-generation receiver


The center channel went out in my old Denon AVR-2000, so I needed to replace it with something, and this model seemed like a good fit as well as a way to upgrade to better sound from Blu-rays and DVDs. Since two of my components and my TV use HDMI, it...

Very flexible for legacy and modern components

Wi-fi requires extra-cost adapter

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Excellent Home Theater


This receiver was not my first choice but should have been. I returned the Sony 540 for this model, more features at about the same price and I had an issued with one of the rear channels on the Sony.The set up was super fast and I was able to enjoy a...

Easy set up and great sound right out of the box

Nothing so far

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very happy with this item


i am very pleased with this item and sound. I didn't want to spend all that money but it worth itThis product has... Easy to use controlsAbout me... Technically challenged


kind if big

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Very Dissatisfied


A one star rating for this unit is too high !!! Purchased this Unit to replace a failed Phillips hts3306/f7. What a joke. In a word this receiver is junk. Reg price is 399.00 plus tax. produces no better sound than my regular TV. ERXTREMELY...


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Excellent reciever


Had onxyo reciever for 14 years and this was the easiest set up everThis product has... Plenty of power for all my needsAbout me... Technically challenged

Easy to set up especially surround sound

Miss not being able to have tv on n radio playing