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Pioneer VSX-523-K 5.1-Channel 4K Ready A/V Receiver

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  • 5.1-channel, 80 W per channel
  • 4 HDMI/3D and 4K 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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With 140 Watts (1 kHz 1 % THD @ 6 Ohms 1ch Driven) or 80 Watts (20Hz-20kHz .08% THD @ 8 Ohms) clear audio reproduction and advanced new technologies such as 4K Ultra-High Definition Pass Through and an energy-saving ECO Mode, the new VSX-523 is the perfect entry-level receiver to introduce Pioneer's heritage of quality sound reproduction and innovative technology in your home entertainment system.
Apple Connectivity
Continuing to lead the way in Apple connectivity, the VSX-523s front USB input now supports music playback and control for the new iPhone5 and iPad mini. The VSX-523 effortlessly brings all your entertainment sources together. Plug in a thumb drive into the front panel USB port and play back all your favorite music files, like MP3, WMA and AAC files.
Expanded HDMI Connectivity and Switching Functionality
The VSX-523 features four HDMI inputs, providing connectivity for all your sources like Blu-ray Disc players, cable boxes, and gaming consoles. All four HDMI inputs support both 3D and new 4k Ultra HD content. Convenience features, such as, HDMI Standby Through is also supported allowing for your sources (cable box etc.) to pass through the receiver to the television even when it is in standby mode. When you're ready to upgrade your sources, so is the Pioneer VSX-523.
ECO Mode
The new, energy-saving ECO Mode found on all 2013 Pioneer AV receivers goes far beyond the conventional wisdom about "green" electronics, with a standby power consumption of only 0.1 watt when enabled. Our ECO Mode offers all of the convenience features of today's modern AV receivers, including Network Standby and HDMI CEC support, while reducing power consumption in both on and standby modes, you can feel better about your entertainment experience without sacrificing power or features.
The intelligent ECO Mode analyzes your sources in real time, adjusting power consumption accordingly to meet your needs, or you can choose the power-saving settings that are right for you.
Powerful Sound Control
The VSX-523 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 online streaming services, such as Netflix and Vudu.
The VSX-523 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.
VSX-1123 VSX-1023 VSX-823 VSX-523
Power 165 Watts x 7 140 Watts x 7 140 Watts x 5 140 Watts x 5
HDMI Input / Output 8 / 2 6 / 1 6 / 1 4 / 1
4K Ultra HD Pass-Through Yes Yes Yes Yes
4K Ultra HD Up-Scaling Yes
Video Conversion to HDMI Yes
(Marvel QDEO)
MCACC Room Calibration
(Mic Included)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
MHL 2.0 Input Yes Yes Yes
Powered Multi-Zone Audio Yes
Zone 2 HDMI Output Yes
Made for iPhone, iPad, iPod
(30-Pin and Lightning)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
AirPlay and HTC Connect Yes Yes Yes
Windows 7 Compatible Yes Yes Yes
DLNA 1.5 (DMR) Yes Yes Yes
Pandora Yes Yes Yes
vTuner Internet Radio Yes Yes Yes
Control App iControlAV 2013 ControlApp ControlApp
AVNavigator for PC and Mac Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth Ready Yes
(AS-BT200 Required)
(AS-BT200 Required)
(AS-BT200 Required)
ECO Mode Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front Bi-Amp Yes Yes

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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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  • Gary V.
  • 9/12/2015 12:14:26 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsnot recommend

Pros: Sounds good when it works.

Cons: A year and half later it doesn't output sound. It just stopped working on its own. Changed out the HDMI cable and still nothing. Speakers do work though.

Have to attach an analog TV in order to configure the unit.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend this product.

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  • David H.
  • 7/4/2015 3:25:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Budget Reciever

Pros: Great bang for the buck and it's pretty straight forward to use. Sound is great (especially for the price). It's no top of the line system, but if you're on a budget or just starting out, it's a pretty solid buy. It powers up pretty fast and ties all of my equipment together nicely.

Cons: No wi-fi, but at this price it's not a con per-se. As a receiver, it is larger than most other devices. Once again, not a con really, just something you have to expect to have/make room for. It has built in controls for a TV, but this only works on Pioneer TV's, so I still have to have another remote to power on the TV. It would have been nice if it was a universal programmable device.

Other Thoughts: I am coming from one of the blu-ray combo amps, and this is a pretty huge improvement over that. I was having some lip-sync issues with playing the audio through that so I decided to come over to the receiver side. I kept all of the speakers, but had to get a new sub as it does not provide amplification to the sub. I will probably look into new speakers soon, but it sounds pretty good with what I have now.

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  • Nathan R.
  • 4/11/2014 1:42:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Reciever!

Pros: Awesome quality. Sound, build, and style are all great. Great buy for $250. Has just enough speaker control including SW control. Excellent crossover control and enough sound processing options anyone could dial this thing into their preferred sound. Excellent SW control. Excellent Speaker Control.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Sounds great on my Polk speakers and sub.

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  • Robert D.
  • 7/6/2013 9:51:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNice but lacks

Pros: All around sound and setup a breeze. Menu is easy and Speaker setup is a breeze. Sound comes out bright and well in stereo as well as surround sound. controller is easy to use and well layed out.

Cons: deducted a egg for lack of sub woofer control. only 2 options are available speaker large and 6 Mhz range. Its vbery much lacking the punch I was used to. Its more of subtle sound then a thundering explosion of sound. Movies really lack the balance I would want but it was a gift so I will live with it.

Other Thoughts: If you buy this get very good base sounding front speakers. It will be the only way to get realistic base in action movies. But over all its not a bad Reciever at all, the highs and voice are excellant. Music on the other hand will not aloow for good head bangin

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