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Pioneer VSX-522-K 5.1-Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver

  • 5.1 channel, 80W per channel
  • 4 HDMI/3D pass-through
  • MCACC Automation Room Calibration
  • Direct Energy Amp, 192 kHz/24-bit DAC
  • MP3/WMA/AAC Playback via Front Panel USB

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Pioneer 5.1-Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver

  • Made for iPod/iPhone Certified
  • Four HDMI Inputs with 3D, ARC, & Standby Through Mode
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Decoders
  • Auto Level Control



Introducing the Pioneer VSX-522-K AV Receiver

With 400 Watts of clear audio reproduction and state-of-the-art technology, the new VSX-522-K is the perfect entry-level receiver to let you experience Pioneer's heritage of quality sound reproduction and innovative technology in your home system.

The VSX-522-K seamlessly brings your iTunes® music library where you want it: your living room. Because it's Made-for-iPhone Certified, the VSX-522-K is compatible with iPod® and iPhone® devices. Plus the front panel USB port is ready for the newest sources for music: smartphones, tablets, most Android™ devices and thumb drives, and has been upgraded to handle CD quality, uncompressed 48Khz/16-bit MP3, WMA and AAC files.

Ultimate Sound Control

The VSX-522-K supports the latest high-definition audio formats like Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD® Master Audio to give your Blu-ray Disc® soundtracks unsurpassed audio quality. Pioneer also includes all Dolby and DTS surround formats best suited for the wide variety of available entertainment sources, including the newest Dolby Pro Logic® IIz height channel.

The VSX-522-K also features Pioneer's exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC), providing an optimized multi-channel listening experience by measuring every speaker's connection, noting its size and distance from the listening point, sound levels and timbre in order to calibrate, customize and maximize performance specifically for your room.

Pioneer's exclusive Phase Control feature provides coherent sound reproduction through the use of phase matching for an optimal sound image at your listening position.

With the unique Front Stage Surround Advance feature, you experience a virtual surround sound environment. If you don't want to worry about routing speaker cables around your room, your speakers can be placed up front and still sound great.

By filling in areas where minute details were left out during the compression process, even audio like WMA, MP3 and AAC is enhanced with another Pioneer exclusive, Advanced Sound Retriever, letting you enjoy near CD quality sound from compressed music sources.

There's also an Auto Level Control, equalizing volume differences between portable audio tracks or television programming and eliminating jarring volume changes. Which means the only thing that shocks you is how good it sounds.

The Latest HDMI® Technology

All Pioneer's newest receivers support the latest HDMI specifications. Not only do you get the most out of existing movies and music, with the VSX-522-K you're prepared for the new generation of 3D video content. With four HDMI inputs, you have plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available. All Pioneer receivers also offer advanced HDMI conveniences. The VSX-522-K has Audio Return Channel, which allows TV audio to go back through a single HDMI connection - a must feature for the newest smart TVs. Plus its HDMI Standby Through mode lets video and audio signals pass through the VSX-522-K to the TV even when the receiver is off.

All This and Good Looks, Too

First impressions are everything. That's why, as the heart of your home theater system, the VSX-522-K with its modern, compelling lines and stunning new brushed finish, reflects a solid, high quality and easy to use, state-of-the-art receiver.


Learn more about the Pioneer VSX-522-K

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Jan P.
  • 5/15/2015 10:32:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOversized Paperweight

Pros: -Nice design
-That's it..

Cons: -The menu only comes up through the RCA
-HDMI never worked
-Dolby is weird - only sends chimes to the rear channel
-Send lower frequencies only to the sub, therefor if you have tower speakers hooked up in the front channels all you get is tweeter and med
-Died after six months of occasional use (Once a week for a movie night or so)

Other Thoughts: The customer support of Pioneer is weird - first of all navigation on their page is absolute mystery to me, no links to warranty service, returns or repairs, all there is are FAQs and that's about it. I had to send them an email, as I felt like that is the only way to get in touch with somebody, a week later still no answer. I am very disappointed as I have multiple Pioneer speakers and all of them are top notch so I expected the receiver to be a good pair up for them, I was wrong, seems like I blew money out the window.

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  • Jerry H.
  • 11/30/2014 12:15:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsburned out in 13 months

Pros: I never really used enough to review much beyond it sounded good with the CD and MP3 and Blue ray.

Cons: was a pain to get it to set up to stop scrolling all the features I didn't care about across the display. now barely over a year so the warranty is out the audio has started cutting out regardless of the input type or channel. ie hdmi, blue ray, rca game, or rca CD player.. I used to love PIONEER but not anymore. I basically rented a unit for 13months.

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  • Eric L.
  • 11/17/2014 1:28:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks with difficulty

Pros: It gets the job done and is cheap

Cons: The interface is very difficult to use. VGA cable if you want on screen menu system?! Settings are hard to find and change, such as audio source. Had a few hiccups with it not detecting a video that was fixed after changing source or restarting the system.

Other Thoughts: Once you get it configured it works well, just don't change anything!

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  • Raymond S.
  • 10/18/2014 5:48:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDefective Discontinuted Junk

Pros: While working it was great but...

Cons: just after 2 years the audio cuts out on all my HDMI devices. i checked the troubleshooting, no help, after a quick search of the internet i found people have the same issue. when i went to the pioneer website this model is no longer listed on their site.

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  • Ronald Z.
  • 9/24/2014 8:49:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsDied twice in a year and a half

Pros: Very cheap, easily customizable settings. Served me for a year and a half.

Cons: on-screen menu can only be viewed via analog signals. Meaning you need an analog output device to adjust some of the settings on the unit. This unit supports HDMI, but can't view their settings through it. What generation are we living in again?

Other Thoughts: Device died on me two times. First time after 10 months; fixed under warranty. I thought it was just a lemon, but 8 months later, it had the SAME EXACT issue and won't even turn on. No, the fuse/breaker in the device didn't trip. The whole circuit board was just dead. Honestly, you get what you pay for. Now, I have to deal with a pile of scrap metal.

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  • Sanford c.
  • 9/24/2014 6:50:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat newegg support service

Pros: Refurbished pioneer VSX-522-K had slight malfunction ( rear speakers ) stopped working ...WOW!!! ( Newegg ) & ( Service Net inc ) Extended Service Plan had new one coming my way in 24hrs very fast support turn around that's got to be some kinda record

Cons: can't get no faster then 24 hrs

Other Thoughts: lesson learned i'll buy warranty with all my major purchase from now on

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  • Nathan S.
  • 9/15/2014 5:29:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFinally Works

Pros: Cheapest 5.1 I could find with HDMI pass-through.

Cons: The menu doesn't work through HDMI? Bizarre

I had to restart it about 10 times before it would send an HDMI signal to the TV. At first the image was washed out and flickering. Hopefully it doesn't return.

No way to use an Android phone to play music? This is even more ridiculous. I can't use a 2.5 mm jack to play music?

Other Thoughts: Will probably die 3 days outside of warranty.

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  • Barbara W.
  • 8/23/2014 4:18:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSolid A/V Reciever

Pros: -Unit has a pretty good amount of features for the price.
-Good price
-Digital display looks nice and can be dimmed
-Unit stays cool and doesn't seem to need to warm up
-lots of ports and a/v out for the price
-MCACC feature is cool
-Brushed finish looks nice
-Good tier sound quality

Cons: - TOSLINK only seems to work on the SAT/CBL input
-Headphone jack broke (after little use)
-HDMI gets fuzzy and is unbearable at times (defect in unit,seems common though)
-USB input ONLY works with Apple devices, no support for Android(will obviously still supply 5 volts out to charge with)

Other Thoughts: not a bad unit for the price, would likely not buy another one with the same budget though.

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  • Timothy h.
  • 8/21/2014 8:50:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMy unit was open box, but I paid for new!

Pros: Working OK so far, box had been opened, some documentation and batteries for remote were missing. Disappointing since this wasn't shown as an open box unit when ordered.

Cons: None yet.

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  • Sanford c.
  • 8/20/2014 7:20:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsRefurbished vs New

Pros: What's not to like about this budget,but spicy hot receiver .... Hey wanna (hear) something no see something this is my system set-up...all standard ...RCA 50" 1080p flat screen TV Pioneer VSX-522-K 5.1 HDMI 3D ready A/V receiver, Yamaha NS-P20 5.1 speaker system, Acoustic Audio 250 watt 12" sub-woofer & RCA 35 watt sound bar.......NOW STOP !!! i have all this connected to the VSX-522-K i bought the extended warranty seeing how my Pioneer VSX-522-K was refurbished .... and it has been played hard and loud Multi-functional events and it has performed flawlessly

Cons: None will review again in 1 Year

Other Thoughts: System is tight

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