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Pioneer VSX-529 - 5.2 AV Receiver | was £299.99 now £159.90 Including Free delivery |

Product Features

130W Output Power per Channel
6Ω Impedance at Output Level
Audio Return Channel
Stand-by Pass Through
3D Ready
4K Pass Through
Internet Radio
Works with apple devices using USB and Airplay

Inputs

1 x HDMI
1 x USB 2.0 (iPod/iPhone Digital Audio, USB drive)
1 x MCACC Setup MIC
5 x HDMI (1 for HDMI/MHL)
1 x Ethernet
2 x AV Composite
1 x Digital Coaxial (Assignable)
1 x Digital Optical (Assignable)
1 x Bluetooth adapter port for AS-BT200
1 x USB charge port for AS-WL300 Wireless LAN Converter

Outputs

1 x Phones out
1 x HDMI
1 x Monitor Composite
2 x Preout Subwoofer
5 x Speaker out

Dimensions

(W x H x D)435 x 168 x 331.5 mm
Weight8.5 kg



turn this into the Pioneer VSX-824 for £47 by buying the Bluetooth adapter (ASBT200)
- shopofhorrors123
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1 Like #1
beat me to it I was checking to see if Peter Tyson would price match but they said they could not match this as would be a loss for them, I purchased the speakers from them for £89
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/pioneer-shs100-av-speaker-system-5-1-89-free-uk-delivery-peter-tyson-audio-visual-2102858

so for just under £250 full AV and Speaker Package to go with my new Samsung UE55H6400 :D

Heat added

Edited By: shopofhorrors123 on Dec 30, 2014 17:42: added price
1 Like #2
you can turn this into the higher model Pioneer VSX-824 for around £47 by buying the Bluetooth adapter (ASBT200)

Looks like a really good deal http://www.whathifi.com/news/pioneer-launches-2014-vsx-range-av-receivers
#3
I need cheap 7.1 Amplifier :(
#5
I'm also looking for a compact av receiver to replace my old, but reliable sony HT-K215 av receiver:-

http://www.sony.jp/CorporateCruise/Press/200009/00-0905B/ht.jpg

The problem with the pioneer is that it's very big and I'm looking for a compact system in a similar price range.

Can anyone recommend one?
#6
frogbog
I'm also looking for a compact av receiver to replace my old, but reliable sony HT-K215 av receiver:-

http://www.sony.jp/CorporateCruise/Press/200009/00-0905B/ht.jpg

The problem with the pioneer is that it's very big and I'm looking for a compact system in a similar price range.

Can anyone recommend one?

try searching for PIONEER VSX-S310K SLIMLINE AV RECEIVER 5.2

or

Yamaha Slimline AVRs but they are slight more expensive
#7
frogbog
I'm also looking for a compact av receiver to replace my old, but reliable sony HT-K215 av receiver:-

http://www.sony.jp/CorporateCruise/Press/200009/00-0905B/ht.jpg

The problem with the pioneer is that it's very big and I'm looking for a compact system in a similar price range.

Can anyone recommend one?

try searching for PIONEER VSX-S310K SLIMLINE AV RECEIVER 5.2

or

Yamaha Slimline AVRs but they are slight more expensive

or check this as well

http://www.richersounds.com/product/av-receivers/marantz/nr1504/mara-nr1504
#8
This one or Yamaha rx-v377 anyone?
1 Like #9
televisionhead
This one or Yamaha rx-v377 anyone?

Found this review before purchasing its on a German review site so will need to translate through google hopefully the link will work
full in depth review

It helped me choose it over the rx-v377, below is the verdict, hope it helps

Conclusion:
The Pioneer VSX-529 proves that even with AV receivers in the upper level class / lower middle class performance jumps are possible. We have often written that has been done in cheap price ranges in recent years much - the 529 shows in the test that was not there though and at least Pioneer 2014 offers even more: Especially good stereo sound and the audible improved fine dynamics like us. With HiRes audio files in FLAC format is surprisingly small Pioneer to ground. The handling is easy, although the remote control has too many buttons. The solid processed and shapely device can be controlled comfortable with the iControl AV5 App. Deficits - Bluetooth and WLAN module is missing, only dongles are optional retrofit. In addition, the VSX-529 can not play DSD files via USB and network in the HiRes mode.

Little Sound Artist: The dynamic, clear, powerful sound of the Pioneer VSX-529 does much more than the very fair price
+ Very stable levels
+ Dynamic, powerful sound in multi-channel and stereo operation
+ Precision Dynamic really good
+ Solid build quality
+ MCACC works well
+ Good app
+ AirPlay, HTC Connect, Connect Spotify
+ 2 Subwoofer Pre Outs

- No DSD network and USB
- Bluetooth and WiFi only optional
- OSD not consistently in German
#10
shopofhorrors123
televisionhead
This one or Yamaha rx-v377 anyone?

Found this review before purchasing its on a German review site so will need to translate through google hopefully the link will work
full in depth review

It helped me choose it over the rx-v377, below is the verdict, hope it helps

Conclusion:
The Pioneer VSX-529 proves that even with AV receivers in the upper level class / lower middle class performance jumps are possible. We have often written that has been done in cheap price ranges in recent years much - the 529 shows in the test that was not there though and at least Pioneer 2014 offers even more: Especially good stereo sound and the audible improved fine dynamics like us. With HiRes audio files in FLAC format is surprisingly small Pioneer to ground. The handling is easy, although the remote control has too many buttons. The solid processed and shapely device can be controlled comfortable with the iControl AV5 App. Deficits - Bluetooth and WLAN module is missing, only dongles are optional retrofit. In addition, the VSX-529 can not play DSD files via USB and network in the HiRes mode.

Little Sound Artist: The dynamic, clear, powerful sound of the Pioneer VSX-529 does much more than the very fair price
+ Very stable levels
+ Dynamic, powerful sound in multi-channel and stereo operation
+ Precision Dynamic really good
+ Solid build quality
+ MCACC works well
+ Good app
+ AirPlay, HTC Connect, Connect Spotify
+ 2 Subwoofer Pre Outs

- No DSD network and USB
- Bluetooth and WiFi only optional
- OSD not consistently in German

The Pioneer is better in my opinion as well
#11
bonbonizer
frogbog
I'm also looking for a compact av receiver to replace my old, but reliable sony HT-K215 av receiver:-

http://www.sony.jp/CorporateCruise/Press/200009/00-0905B/ht.jpg

The problem with the pioneer is that it's very big and I'm looking for a compact system in a similar price range.

Can anyone recommend one?

try searching for PIONEER VSX-S310K SLIMLINE AV RECEIVER 5.2

or

Yamaha Slimline AVRs but they are slight more expensive

or check this as well

http://www.richersounds.com/product/av-receivers/marantz/nr1504/mara-nr1504

Thanks very much for the info and links. I really like the pioneer s310k, but the ones i've found are either too expensive to purchase or in germany. Is there any slim av receiver that is under £200? I don't mind a used one.
#12
Great deal. I also bought Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 SE MKII Speakers to go with it. Should be a good setup I hope?
#13
chris10101
Great deal. I also bought Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 SE MKII Speakers to go with it. Should be a good setup I hope?

They look like a good set of speakers with really good reviews, I would say that will be a great setup, my budget dint allow me to look this high for the speakers but maybe in a year I can upgrade to a higher end speaker set, could you let us know how they perform once you have setup and tested?
#14
chris10101
Great deal. I also bought Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 SE MKII Speakers to go with it. Should be a good setup I hope?

should be a decent setup
1 Like #15
Mine has shipped today and will be delivered on Friday along with the speakers from Peter Tyson,:)
1 Like #16
shopofhorrors123
Mine has shipped today and will be delivered on Friday along with the speakers from Peter Tyson,:)

Received mine yesterday 8)
#17
Mine shipped as well today - not expecting too much for the money (I currently have a RX-V767) but you never know ......
#18
bonbonizer
shopofhorrors123
Mine has shipped today and will be delivered on Friday along with the speakers from Peter Tyson,:)
Received mine yesterday 8)
Did you get the bluetooth adapter to make it the same as the next model up?, I did not bother for the price as not sure I would make full use of it when you can get dlna apps to do the same thing for my phone.
what speakers did you purchase for your amp?
1 Like #19
shopofhorrors123
bonbonizer
shopofhorrors123
Mine has shipped today and will be delivered on Friday along with the speakers from Peter Tyson,:)
Received mine yesterday 8)
Did you get the bluetooth adapter to make it the same as the next model up?, I did not bother for the price as not sure I would make full use of it when you can get dlna apps to do the same thing for my phone.
what speakers did you purchase for your amp?

I don't need the Bluetooth AirPlay works fine for me I got Pioneer SHS100 AV speaker system but I already have KeFF concord fronts which I have mixed with the pioneer sounds great I just need to get the 2nd sub as the amp is 5.2
1 Like #20
Well received mine today. Rather underwhelmed to be honest with you.

The sound is pretty good. The human interface is absolutely terrible. I'd be able to do a better OSD with a ZX Spectrum.

Unless you have an Apple device or Android (I've not) then playing anything off the network is rather tedious and requires you to have the television on to see anything. Once going though, it plays nicely.

I've managed to push some music to it from my phone and laptop - it is sometimes a bit hit or miss finding the device and I've had a couple of network lockups with my wife using her works iPhone to try and control it.

What we can't do is get Airplay working - this was a major selling point for me as the wife uses Apple devices and this reciever needs her seal of approval to stay ....
#21
I wonder if it only supports an older version of Airplay and needs a firmware update? I know Apple fiddle with things with each iOS version which breaks support for an Airplay device I have.
#22
I've been trying to find an update for it but haven't found one yet :(

Everything else seems to work apart from the Airplay - I've tested the Airplay on my wife's devices by using XBMC and it all works - just won't recognise the Pioneer :(
1 Like #23
How does this compare to a leather sofa.
1 Like #24
bbdom
Well received mine today. Rather underwhelmed to be honest with you.

The sound is pretty good. The human interface is absolutely terrible. I'd be able to do a better OSD with a ZX Spectrum.

Unless you have an Apple device or Android (I've not) then playing anything off the network is rather tedious and requires you to have the television on to see anything. Once going though, it plays nicely.

I've managed to push some music to it from my phone and laptop - it is sometimes a bit hit or miss finding the device and I've had a couple of network lockups with my wife using her works iPhone to try and control it.

What we can't do is get Airplay working - this was a major selling point for me as the wife uses Apple devices and this reciever needs her seal of approval to stay ....

Sounds like you purchased for gimmicks as opposed to the core use which is sound.
That's always going to end in disaster unless you're spending proper amount of money (3 times this at an absolute bare minimum if that)
To be honest it's all gimmicks, you need individual devices for everything to get a proper nice setup even at the high end for something useable without frying your brain :)
#25
Sorry if this is a very daft question, but what's the different between this and something that comes bundled in a home theatre (blu-ray player - all five speaker wires + subwoofer wire go into this player)?

Edited By: ajavaid92 on Jan 02, 2015 22:27
#26
I've been trying to avoid building my own system but it is looking increasingly likely that I'll go for a components up approach (I'm an electronics engineer). I needed something that my wife could easily use without too many buttons or other things to "conflict" with her.

I've got some nice TI DAC's in the workshop as well as a SPDIF receiver. I've also got an ARC extractor on the way from China to have a play with and enough audio transistors and toroids to 9.2 every room in the house (now there is an idea) - just fancied trying an off the shelf approach to save a bit of time.

Now what to do with a Yamaha RX-V767, Arcam AVR-300 and an unused Teach AG75 lmao.
4 Likes #27
ajavaid92
Sorry if this is a very daft question, but what's the different between this and something that comes bundled in a home theatre (blu-ray player - all five speaker wires + subwoofer wire go into this player)?

Generally speaking - sound quality.
Separates are generally more expensive, have better sound quality and can sometimes have more features.
In general, people who value sound quality (and are willing to pay for it), go for separates.
People who just need something to work out of the box and are not going for the highest level of sound quality, should be more than happy with a 'cinema in a box' set up. After all, many people buy soundbars, which IMO are an abomination to speakers and anything hi-fi related. (_;)
#28
Here is a small video review by newegg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srT7B4aC-g0

I know it's for the Pioneer VSX-523-K 5-Channel Receiver but in HiFi terms this is like comparing iPhone 5 with an iPhone 5S: same stuff just better optimised on the 529

The 523 in action ... probably not the same but eh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yzG7hEm-rI

529 Remote control video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnMvH5lvHkw


Edited By: krazyasif786 on Jan 02, 2015 22:52: .
#29
ajavaid92
Sorry if this is a very daft question, but what's the different between this and something that comes bundled in a home theatre (blu-ray player - all five speaker wires + subwoofer wire go into this player)?

Areas in an av receiver, Inputs, DAC, amp, decoders (DD/DTS/DTS-HD/TrueHD/etc), outputs
Areas in a combi bluray/speaker package...All of the above except likely lacking in Inputs, may have 1 or 2 extra ones for use by others bits if you're lucky but severely limited, will have very little control of calibration/room correction, won't be able to change speakers built in as they will be matched to the unit and the unit will have poor amplification not suited to anything except included ones. Sub will be of abysmal quality. Output will lack passthrough, dual video outputs and so forth.

This might all sound minor to you, if it does then probs don't worry about it and just stick with an all in one package setup. Having said that it's one of those things where often you don't realize you need (want) something until you hear a good setup (that likely costs a fair amount of money and time to set up properly)
#30
sunama
ajavaid92
Sorry if this is a very daft question, but what's the different between this and something that comes bundled in a home theatre (blu-ray player - all five speaker wires + subwoofer wire go into this player)?

Generally speaking - sound quality.
Separates are generally more expensive, have better sound quality and can sometimes have more features.
In general, people who value sound quality (and are willing to pay for it), go for separates.
People who just need something to work out of the box and are not going for the highest level of sound quality, should be more than happy with a 'cinema in a box' set up. After all, many people buy soundbars, which IMO are an abomination to speakers and anything hi-fi related. (_;)

Thanks for the information, and without doubt separates is the way to go if you're after true sound quality!

If I were to purchase this or something along the lines of this, would I need to (obviously) transfer the speaker wires to this AV receiver, and then connect the blu-ray player to this via a HDMI?
#31
Does it upscale SD to 1080p or 4k?
not able find in specification.
#32
robo989
ajavaid92
Sorry if this is a very daft question, but what's the different between this and something that comes bundled in a home theatre (blu-ray player - all five speaker wires + subwoofer wire go into this player)?

Areas in an av receiver, Inputs, DAC, amp, decoders (DD/DTS/DTS-HD/TrueHD/etc), outputs
Areas in a combi bluray/speaker package...All of the above except likely lacking in Inputs, may have 1 or 2 extra ones for use by others bits if you're lucky but severely limited, will have very little control of calibration/room correction, won't be able to change speakers built in as they will be matched to the unit and the unit will have poor amplification not suited to anything except included ones. Sub will be of abysmal quality. Output will lack passthrough, dual video outputs and so forth.

This might all sound minor to you, if it does then probs don't worry about it and just stick with an all in one package setup. Having said that it's one of those things where often you don't realize you need (want) something until you hear a good setup (that likely costs a fair amount of money and time to set up properly)

Thanks for getting back to me.

With regards to the SUB, would the SUB be "abysmal" because the SUB included itself is not so great or because the output from the receiver (blu-ray bundled home theatre) to the SUB isn't great? And therefore, something like this (standalone) AV receiver should improve the SUB output?
#33
kgmanju
Does it upscale SD to 1080p or 4k?
not able find in specification.

Not able to find in specification? It is rather clearly stated in the description. oO

Never mind. Yes, it does include upscaling ability to 4K. :)
#34
I'm surprised as to why this isn't any hotter. It is literally cheapest anywhere on the net at the moment.
#35
Thanks.ordered.
#36
ajavaid92
robo989
ajavaid92
Sorry if this is a very daft question, but what's the different between this and something that comes bundled in a home theatre (blu-ray player - all five speaker wires + subwoofer wire go into this player)?

Areas in an av receiver, Inputs, DAC, amp, decoders (DD/DTS/DTS-HD/TrueHD/etc), outputs
Areas in a combi bluray/speaker package...All of the above except likely lacking in Inputs, may have 1 or 2 extra ones for use by others bits if you're lucky but severely limited, will have very little control of calibration/room correction, won't be able to change speakers built in as they will be matched to the unit and the unit will have poor amplification not suited to anything except included ones. Sub will be of abysmal quality. Output will lack passthrough, dual video outputs and so forth.

This might all sound minor to you, if it does then probs don't worry about it and just stick with an all in one package setup. Having said that it's one of those things where often you don't realize you need (want) something until you hear a good setup (that likely costs a fair amount of money and time to set up properly)

Thanks for getting back to me.

With regards to the SUB, would the SUB be "abysmal" because the SUB included itself is not so great or because the output from the receiver (blu-ray bundled home theatre) to the SUB isn't great? And therefore, something like this (standalone) AV receiver should improve the SUB output?

Both ;)
Subs in packages are nasty tiny chipboard clad monstrosities that always seem to vibrate/rattle at anything over moderate volume and basically just don't fill the room as a sub should, also tend to be much more directional.
The issue isn't really the amount of money spent on them it's more that these "packages" are generally aimed at people who don't want a sub in the room to begin with hence it's as small as possible and well below acceptable size - even if the money was in it.

Hope that makes sense, to be honest and talking from experience at a few friends hourses from a 2-3 years ago so I can't speak for the latest stuff on that front because things do change in terms of what's in at the moment from a fashion/aesthetic point of view.

I also can't stand soundbars and the like as a matter of principle, so a little biased but I'd just say make sure you try out a sub or two at a friends with the volume cranked up the realistic level that you'd like to enjoy a film at and see if you're happy with the sound. Who knows it might be fine, have been surprised by some soundbars recently, but for me at least they tend to artifically process the sound to make the soundbar appear more adept than it is to accentuate the strong points of the soundbar...hard to explain, I suppose it's like if you turn on those software enhancments that give clarity to sound at the expense of the frequency response etc.


Anyways, have a listen, we're all different and bigoted/biased/narrow minded in different ways when it comes to these things, some people love stuff I hate and some people hate stuff I love...same will be true for yourself.

(sorry if sounding patronizing, just emptying mind really)
#37
What type of connector required for connecting speakers?
#38
Got mine today. Only had chance to do the auto setup & watch the 2nd hobbit film. Really pleased - using the cheap pioneer speakers posted on hukd from richer sounds & an old Philips sub from an all in one package.
Agree that OSD is poor, also flicking through menus & between sources is slow. Not found a firmware update.
Be interested to know if anyone has any cunning means of hiding the speaker cables?! Sounds like a deal breaker for the other half...
#39
Ok I am looking for a new av player this seems to tick all boxes bit a few questions for the audiophiles.

Currently have an old but very good Sony STRDB 1080, it has no HDMi but it's sound quality is sublime. When it was reviewed it was considered mid range top quality in the day and I paid £500 about 10+ years ago.

I use one optical output from my TV going into my amp which means I can use the TV for a kind of pass through into one optical input on amp.
From the looks of this amp you can do something similar but it's my understanding I would input Hdmi into amp and one output Hdmi into tv.

How would this handle when I use a USB drive in my TV to play movies, would it auto select to the optical out to optical in channel on amp everytime I play a usb movie?

So my 2 questions are:

How does the sound quality compare to the Sony STRDB 1080?
(Yes I know the Pioneer does more lossless formats but I mean how does the actual quality compare).

Will playing usb movies work seamlessly as they do now for my Sony Amp?

Thanks for advice.


Edited By: II WATTS II on Jan 02, 2015 23:51
#40
Doesn't look like a sofa.

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