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Pioneer VSX-521-K

Pioneer VSX-521-K
alaScore 80

211 reviews

Aug, 2020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 211 reviews of Pioneer VSX-521-K. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, 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-521-K is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Pioneer VSX-521-K from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on

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

Aug, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Pioneer VSX-521-K


alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 user reviews of Pioneer VSX-521-K from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on

68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Aug, 2020

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Pioneer VSX-521 review


Decent build and looks ; good speaker calibration system ; weighty sound

Doesn’t sound as exciting or as the class-leader ; spec lacks a couple of niceties

An agreeable entry-level amp which just lacks the spark of class-leading kit

Oct, 2011

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Works great and was cheap


It was a very cheap solution for my bedroom's home theater. It does the job it needs to

Does some goofy on and off things when plugged in with tv ; When I run device > this receiver > tv via all hdmi the receiver will turn on and off with tv ; When I run device > tv > reciever with the tv using its optical out to the receiver,...

Sep, 2013

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HDCP sucks


sound is fine and it does amplify

tested on 2 completely different setups and all cause my otherwise fine primary display to flash when using HDMI cables connected thru this receiver. not happy with mfr. response of "it is a HDCP compliant issue not us

Jun, 2012

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Pioneer VSX-521-K


Worked for about 2 weeks

After 2 weeks the hdmi connections failed. It will not receive video or audio

May, 2012

Consumer review (

Good investment, Excellent preformance, Great Value


Since there was a small issue with the Ch 2 from my own personal experience, I just gotten 2 powerful speakers in addition and installed them as the Stereo speakers to get the better of both worlds from SD to HD content. One other thing I should state...

I got this on a major sale from NewEgg one night with an $85 discount. So I got this for $135.99 plus the free shipping ; This was replacing a 20 year old Technics receiver that I have been using for a while. For the price, it was just what I was...

Now there was a few drawbacks that had slightly disappointed me. For 1, there is no up-conversion of lower resolution video, but I knew this because most of the feed was going to be in Full HD anyways. However my biggest draw back, and this is most...

Apr, 2012

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You don't have to use the On screen display so stop complaining about it!

This receiver has a OSD for under 200$ which is a great welcome overlooked by lots of people

People need to stop complaining about the OSD you don't need to use it i never did, use the display on the receiver this is getting me mad reading these comments about it, Pioneer is the only brand that even has this for the public under the 300$ price...

Apr, 2012

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Best 5.1 receiver for less then 300$


I have my center and my left and right channels at 0DB and my back and sub at 3DB. The automatic setup works pretty good but I still say you should just use it to start out. I use a tape measure for my distance its lame I know but it works great! Also...

This is a 230$(original price, I got this for 149.99$ a Steal if you ask me) receiver that sounds like it’s worth way more. I’m pretty picky as well at least that’s what my friends and family say ; Powers my CS1 Polk center with ease as well as 4 Polk...

On my pc I have this connected to the HDMI port and it works great and does not in any way make my picture look worse unlike the Yamaha RX-V371 which I had. My only con is I wish I got this over the 371 to begin with ; Don’t really care for pioneer...

Apr, 2012

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Great sound quality, automatic speaker adjustment is amazing. Recommend to anyone

When listening to music from blue ray player, TV has to be turned on. When the TV is turned off, the receiver stops playing sound. This happens through HDMI. I don't understand why, but minor annoyance

Mar, 2012

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Read this if you care about sound quality!


So the unit can still make pretty good sound. I am very picky about sound, and I am driving RTi A7 towers with this unit and I do like the sound if the gain is turned down very low. YOU CAN STILL GO PRETTY LOUD! You just have to turn the knob on the...

I'm not gona repeat everything the others already said. Let me just say, if you think setting this unit up is difficult or confusing, then there is just no hope for you, and you really should not leave product reviews anywhere ; But yeah, unit looks...

The only issue I have with the unit is the quality of the amplifier. IT INTRODUCES A LOT OF NOISE! With the gain set to (-3db) and nothing playing, there is audible hiss from the tweeters. The music comes out super flat, dynamic range is almost...

Mar, 2012

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Don't get if you are going to use HDMI


Honestly - this thing probably works good if you need something to play music on.. but I bought this for a spare room, and I'm not going to run HDMI, composite video, and leave an instruction sheet (if you want to watch tv don't select "TV" select...

looks nice

You can only choose 4 pre-selected inputs if you want to use HDMI - the names given to these are confusing ( "Video" "BD" "DVR/BDR" "Adapter"is assigned to HDMI ) now logical names (dvd, tv, cd, cd-r,tuner,portable) are assigned to analog or component...

Feb, 2012

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