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The Pioneer VSX-520 is a low-cost 5.1 channel A/V receiver.

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Pros

controls are simple, easy to use once you get used to it

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capable of 3D passthrough (HDMI 1.4a)

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affordable price point - perfect for the vast majority of users who only need basic receiver functionality at a low price

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good amount of higher-end audio processing technologies

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attractive, minimalist aesthetic

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draws very little power, runs energy efficient

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automatic speaker calibration (MCACC) with included microphone

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enough power output for any sized room, can get very loud if desired

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can stream audio content through Bluetooth, will enhance compressed audio for a richer sound

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Cons

no video conversion at all - cannot upconvert SD

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remote is crowded with many small buttons packed together

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not the greatest value - better receivers are available for the same price

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documentation is confusing and doesn't cover everything

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no on screen UI

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only 5.1

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only 3 HDMI inputs - somewhat limiting for power users

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The Pioneer VSX-520 is a low-cost 5.1 channel A/V receiver. There are some Pioneer firsts on the VSX-520 (as well as its companion, the VSX-820), such as the wireless Bluetooth transfer feature. With the Pioneer AS-BT100 Bluetooth adapter (sold seperately), you can transfer music directly from your Bluetooth-enabled device (like iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android smartphones, laptops, etc.) to your home theater system. When playing content from such devices, as well as portable media devices, the Pioneer VSX-520's Advanced Sound Retriever enhances the sound of the file to near CD quality. In promotion, Pioneer has made much of the fact that the VSX-520 and VSX-820 are 3D-ready, meaning they support the latest HDMI specifications, and will fully display the nuances of the 3D audio/visual format, which is increasingly popular. The VSX-520 is a slightly cheaper version of the VSX-820, which has more features.   

Features
  • 1080p HD picture
  • 5.1 110w channels
  • Bluetooth-streaming (w/ additional AS-BT100 Bluetooth adapter)
  • 3 HDMI inputs
  • HDMI 1.4
  • Dolby ProLogic IIz decoding
  • Advanced Sound Retriever
  • Auto level control 
  • 3D Ready
  • Mini jack front input 
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