Pioneer VSX-S520 review & specs

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Rating 3.4 3.4

Pioneer VSX-S520 Overview

Pioneer VSX-S520

This is the way to go if you are looking for a slim receiver since this is basically the only one out there! Modern multichannel speakers should not be large. Already now, very restrained, compact 5.1 systems easily create in the living room the exciting atmosphere of a cinema hall, since they are not completed with sound panels, and especially television speakers. Here you can find more detailed Pioneer VSX-S520 review.

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Design

A suitable receiver should be as flat as possible and at the same time high-quality, and the VSX-S520 is ideally suited for this role. With its body height of only 65 mm, it fits exactly into the current Blu-ray players, in particular under the BDP-X 300, and thanks to three different colors it can be harmoniously combined with any TV model and any interior style.

Features

As with most of the best home theater receivers, the VSX-S520’s video pass-through functions are excellent. The receiver has four HDMI inputs that are compatible with deep-color, 4K, and 3D video. Of course, the one downside to this is that there are only four HDMI inputs, whereas most receivers we evaluated have six, but this is one of the sacrifices you make for a slim design.

Performance

Excellent unit for the money. The 4K pass-through works very well, and the sound quality is what I would expect from a name like a Pioneer. It's a good choice for a situation where 5.1 surround is enough and space is a concern.

Sound Quality

All expectations were easily met. The sound is great as are the bonus features such as the capabilities of the network. Also quite nice that this includes HDMI 4k 60hz support. All the Pioneer VSX-S520 specs provide additional depth and dimension to the audio.

Connectivity

Home Cinema is perfect. The receiver produces 80 watts per channel, the sound is ultimately strong, natural, surround. If the quality of the source is not very good, there is an option Advanced Sound Retriever, noticeably improves the sound. The settings are mostly automatic: the system itself estimates the volume of the room, offers listening modes itself.

Setup

To manually set the audio EQ to your liking when not listening to headphones from your TV headphone jack, press Home on your remote, choose MCACC, choose Manual MCACC, choose EQ Adjust, then choose the channel to adjust the audio highs and lows (must be done to each audio channel separately) by hitting the Enter key, then arrowing over to each band (each of the 9 "bars" adjust the audio from the far left which are mainly bass and lows, all the way to the right which is gradually more treble and highs.

Conclusion

The Pioneer VSX-S520 is a good fit if you plan on using smaller speakers to build a 5.1 system. However, its diminutive size means it doesn’t have as much power as most AV receivers. It only has five channels and a weak amp, which means it’s best for a small home theater system with speakers that have low power handling.

Common features

Product

Pioneer VSX-S520

Model

VSX-S520

Brand

Pioneer

Rating

3.5 of 5

Reviews

55

Amplifier

Total output power

250 W

Output power per channel

50 W

Output impedance per channel

4 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %

Number of channels

5

Signal-to-noise ratio

82 dB

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent

Colour

black

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, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

has not

Optical digital inputs

1

Coaxial digital inputs

1

HDMI inputs

4

HDMI outputs

1

Optical digital outputs

has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not

Subwoofer outputs

1

USB

1

Phones

1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM

Preset station

40

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Front Stage Surround Advance

Surround system class

5.1 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

80 W

Standby power consumption

0.2 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

12.8 x 17.1 x 2.8 inches

Weight

8.8 pounds
Pioneer VSX-S520
Pioneer VSX-S520

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