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Pioneer VSX-515

Pioneer VSX-515
alaScore 79

16 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews of Pioneer VSX-515. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Pioneer VSX-515 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Steve Guttenberg (



Pioneer VSX-515

Affordably priced 6.1-channel receiver; two component-video inputs; 110 watts per channel; bass and treble controls.

Limited connectivity options; no onscreen display.

Pioneer's entry-level, 6.1-channel A/V receiver won't sway audiophiles but certainly provides value for the money.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Steve Guttenberg (

Pioneer VSX 515


This entry-level receiver gets the job done, but the step-up model delivers a much better value for just a bit more cash.

Affordably priced 6.1-channel receiver ; Two component-video inputs ; 110 watts per channel ; Bass and treble controls

Limited connectivity options ; No onscreen display

To keep things fair, we also pitted the 515 against Onkyo's TX-SR503 receiver, and the two were more on a par with one another. The VSX-515 sounded more immediate and clear, but we were swayed by the TX-SR503's richer tonal balance, its greater...

Aug, 2005

Consumer review (

Pioneer VSX-515-K - (A/V Receivers)

Nov, 2006

Consumer review (

Pioneer VSX 515


i have this amp and thing about MCAC is rubbish. it has auto and manual mcac. i use it myself.

Easy to operate ; sound is excellent considering its features

review is incorrect by this author

Sep, 2008

Consumer review (

Pioneer VSX 515


Great amplifier. Pioneer VSX 515 is the best in market. Its cheap and reliable. I like it very much. Because i am student so i take a student loans from bank and buy my brand new VSX 515. Its really rocks.

Great works ; Bass rocks ; Stylish and heavy duty


Aug, 2008

Consumer review (

Pioneer VSX 515


I hear about pioneer dvd players that these are best. For this reason i bought pioneer VSX 515. I think that this will works with blu-ray technology but its not. Any how it works with any other sub woofers. This is the first in the list of world's...

Zippy performance ; Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding

High frequency bias

Jul, 2008

Consumer review (

"excellent ease of use"


easy to use

so simple you can't mess it up ; no mass of wires behind the unit makes it easy to fit into a wall cabinet

no component switching...but then again at this price what does

Oct, 2006

Product Specifications

Isn't it time you got more out of your movies, music, games, and PC? With Microsoft Pioneer co-developed a Windows Media Audio 9 (WMA-9) Professional Decoder, allowing you to listen to two-channel and multi-channel WMA compressed audio files directly from your PC in your living room! The VSX-515-K is also ready for super high resolution DVD-Audio and SACD multi-channel audio discs. This powerhouse receiver delivers an equal 110 watts to six channels and features advanced surround processing, with DTS-ES, Dolby Digital-EX, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx decoding. Plus, Virtual Surround mode deepens and broadens the sound stage by creating a "phantom" rear surround effect - without using a rear speaker. With Pioneers Thermal Compensation Amplification Design, the amplifiers main components are built onto a single integrated circuit, for perfect precision even when processing high-level current and a variety of temperatures. To eliminate undesirable electrical influence, Direct Construction keeps critical circuitry separate (for example, digital from analog, and video from audio). Also, the positioning of key parts is carefully mapped out to optimize signal transmission efficiency. For superior performance, the VSX-515-K employs a double-precision Motorola 48-bit DSP engine that's used in top theaters worldwide. Component Video Switching provides a connection for DVD players and even high-definition TV tuners, providing convenient control through the receiver without any degradation in picture quality. The VSX-515-K provides the convenience of Quick Setup and an easy-to-use remote that also controls other Pioneer "System Remote" equipment.


Output Power / Total:660Watt

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Product Type: None

Audio System

Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital Surround EX / Dolby Pro Logic / Dolby Pro Logic II / Dolby Pro Logic IIx / DTS 96/24 / DTS decoder / DTS Neo:6 / DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 / DTS-ES Matrix 6.1/Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital Surround EX / Dolby Pro Logic II / DTS 96/24 / DTS decoder / DTS Neo:6 / DTS-ES decoder
Functions (KA):AV receiver
Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV components
Surround System Class:6.1 channel
Type:AV receiver


Coaxial Digital Input: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
Optical Digital Input: Yes

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Power consumption (typical):300


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pioneer VSX



Other Features

Power Requirements:AC 220 - 230 V 50 / 60 Hz

Ports & interfaces

I/O ports:Multi-Channel Input: 5.1 ch \nDigital Audio Input: 3 (assign) \nDigital Coaxial input: 2 \nDigital Optical input: 1 \nRCA Audio/Video Inputs: 3 A / 3 AV \nAudio/Video Output: 1A / 1AV+1V \nPre-amp Output: SW \nSR (System Remote) Terminal


Power consumption (typical):300


Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Remote control/Universal remote control