Pioneer VSX-830-K review & specs

Pioneer VSX-830-K – Feel the Stereo Sound

Pioneer VSX-830-K

This middle-class 5.2 receiver has the up-standard physical parameters. It assumes surround sound support, while not possessing the popular decoders (like Dolby Surround or DTS:X). Learn more in the Pioneer VSX-830-K review!

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Design

This model has very classy design, with solid-looking front, and large informative panel. Controls feel sturdy but responsive. The rear part has a nice onset of HDMI and AV inputs and clear labeling. The remote contains all the needed buttons with comprehensive inscriptions.

Features

The unit boosts the output up to 140W per channel. The variable impedance (6-8 Ohms) allows connecting different speakers. It plays the majority of sound formats and enables surround sound in the headphones. It supports 4K, while only two HDMI ports are HDCP 2.2-certified. This model has an optional OSD overlay which is great for changing volume or settings during playback.

Performance

Pioneer VSX-830-K specs provide many options for comfortable music listening and movie watching while lacking some essential things like Auto Power Off. It enables good crisp video in UHD and HD formats, and the scaling is perfect, with no stretched pixels visible. Switching between inputs is easy and super fast both from the remote or my iPhone. The AirPlay support is solid and well-designed, providing the full information and comprehensive control over the playback.

Sound Quality

The sound has a standard 24 bit / 192 KHz characteristics and quite high signal-to-noise ratio of 100 dB. This serves for clear mids and slightly blurred highs. Meanwhile, the dedicated subwoofer outputs and separate sub’ equalizer boost the bass immensely. The subwoofer’s parameters can be tweaked in frequency, impedance, or others to ensure clean no-phase very powerful bass. The headphones’ sound is a quality featuring no interference even at the max volume.

Connectivity

The receiver has the standard number of inputs and outputs while featuring all types of wireless ones. The built-in streaming apps (Spotify, Pandora) work seamlessly, providing fast and quality content transmission along with full on-screen data. The smartphone control app is simple and handy, while slightly limited in controls (no input assignment is supported).

Setup

Plugging the receiver and adjusting the settings is a cakewalk due to well-designed UI and comprehensive AVNavigator Tech. It automatically spots all the needed connections and eases up the setup. The speaker’s calibration can be performed manually via remote or entrusted to the automatic MCACC Pro calibration system.

Conclusion

Pioneer VSX-30-K is a perfect AV receiver for stereo sound systems, providing multiple equalizations options for each audio component. It supports 4K and many popular video codecs serving for bright and crisp picture. The user-friendly setup and controls make it a perfect choice for not technically inclined audiophile.

Common features

Product

Pioneer VSX-830-K

Model

VSX-830-K

Brand

Pioneer

Rating

3.1 of 5

Reviews

54

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

D

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

DSD

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS neural:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS:X

Dolby atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Power device

Operational power consumption

450 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent

Colour

black

Amplifier

Total output power

525 W

Output power per channel

140 W, 80 W

Output impedance per channel

6 Ohm, 8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %

Number of channels

5

Signal-to-noise ratio

100 dB

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

2

Optical digital inputs

1

Coaxial digital inputs

1

HDMI inputs

6

HDMI outputs

1

Optical digital outputs

has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not

Subwoofer outputs

2

USB

1

Phones

1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM

Preset station qty

30

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

X.v.Color

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Deep color

MCACC Pro

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Sound output mode

Surround Sound

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Front Stage Surround Advance. Headphone Surround (V.S.S.)

Surround system class

5.2 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

5

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

13.1 x 17.1 x 6.6 inches

Product weight

21.4 pounds

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