The Pioneer VSX-520 is a 5.1 channel receiver which represents great value for money without skimping on performance or functionality.
With 5 x 100 watts of amplification (into 8 Ohms), HDMI v1.4 connectivity, decoding of HD audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio and support for full HD 1080p and 3D images, the '520 is perfect for Blu-ray but will also get the best performance from upscaling DVD players too.
Speaker setup and calibration is easy thanks to the MCACC auto-microphone calibration system. All this plus an FM/AM tuner with 30 presets and an advanced sound retriever which improves the quality of compressed audio, the VSX-520 is a great all-rounder that delivers name-brand quality without breaking the bank.
Amplifier power (watts) 5 x 100 (8 ohms, RMS)
Analogue audio REAR: Stereo line in (via 2 pairs RCA/phono) Tape loop (stereo line in & out, via 2 pairs of RCA/phono) Subwoofer pre-output Surround back line out (for connection to additional power amplifier for 7.1 or Dolby ProLogic IIz output) FRONT: Headphone socket (via 6.3mm (1/4") stereo jack)
Auto microphone/room calibration Yes - Pioneer MCACC setup and calibration
DAC/Digital bits 192kHz/24 bit DAC on all channels
Digital audio 2 x Optical in (via Toslink) 1 x Coaxial in (via RCA/phono socket) All digital connections are input assignable
DSP, eq. modes & audio options "Sound retriever" mode enhances poorly compressed audio to bring closer to CD quality. "Midnight" mode compresses dynamic range for late-night, neighbour friendly listening. Bass and treble controls. Advanced pre-set listening modes (Action, Drama, Entertainment Show, Advanced Game, Sports, Classical, Rock/Pop, Unplugged + Extended Stereo). "Stream Direct" bypasses all decoding and DSP modes
Extra Auto lip-sync function, phase control, auto level control automatically adjusts sound level to stop fluctuations between tracks, Symmetric EQ mode.
Finish Black (with glossy fascia)
Key decoding Dolby: TrueHD, Digital Plus, Digital, EX, Pro-Logic/II/x/z* DTS: DTS-HD Master Audio/High Resolution Audio, Express, ES, Neo:6 96/24 *Dolby Pro-Logic IIz 'height' channel via pre-out connection
On-screen display No
Speaker outputs 5 channel output (front stereo speakers via 4mm banana plug/binding post connectors, all other channels via easy spring clip connections)
Supplied accessories Remote control with batteries, AM & FM indoor antennas
Tuner FM (with RDS & RadioText) and AM with 30 presets
Video format conversion No
Video/Audio inputs & outputs REAR: 3 x HDMI in (with HDMI switching supporting 1080/24p video pass-through, 3D content and multi-channel audio audio) 2 x Component video in (input assignable, via 2 sets of 3 x RCA/phono) 1 x video/audio loop (composite video & stereo line in and out) 3 x video/audio in (composite video & stereo line in - 1 x stereo line in doubles as front channel for 5.1ch input) HDMI, Component video & composite video monitor outputs FM/AM antenna sockets Adaptor socket for connection of compatible upgrades such as the Pioneer
W x H x D (mm) 420 x 158 x 348
Weight (kg) 8.9