Posted Tue Mar 2, 2010 at 11:00 AM PST by Mike Attebery
The latest 5.1 channel receiver from Pioneer is surprising. Not only is it cheaper than you’d think, but it does a lot for the money too.
There’s a new contender on the entry level receiver market, and it’s from Pioneer.
The Pioneer VSX-520-K is a 5.1 channel receiver that can tackle all the latest in HD audio codecs, including Dolby Pro-Logic IIz. It’s 3D ready and it sports a trio of HDMI 1.4 inputs. It handles Deep Color, x.v. Color, and you can send signal out through component or HDMI. And it’s only $229.
If you don’t mind stepping up a bit, you can grab the VSX-820-K. It’s only a bit more, at $299, but it adds support for iPhones and iPods as well as another HDMI input. It’s also got a nice on-screen display, which the 520 lacks.
Both amps push 110 watts of power per channel and feature pre-outs for Dolby Pro-Logic IIz. You can also add on Bluetooth support for pulling audio files from your Blackberry or Android based phone, as well as other Blutooth devices like laptops.
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