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The Pioneer VSX-420K AV receiver enhances your music and movies, with 2 HDMI inputs, upscaling to 1080p for DVDs and 5.1 surround sound with 130W dedicated to each channel.

If you connect a Blu-ray player featuring HD audio decoding, you'll be able to enjoy cinema-quality sound from your Blu-ray discs, thanks to Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS and DTS 96/24 decoding.

You can adjust the sound to suit the films and programmes you're watching with a selection of surround sound modes, which include: Action, Drama, Entertainment Show, Advanced Game, Sports, Classical, Rock/Pop and Unplugged + Extended Stereo.

When playing music from your portable music player, you're guaranteed an enhanced sound. The Advanced Sound Retriever upscales the quality of your digital audio to closely match the original source. Together with the Auto Level Control, you get a dynamic and balanced sound.



at least £230 elsewhere. a bargain!!
- montana78
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#1
http://images.izideal.com/img/product/7103306/l/uk/pioneer-vsx-520-k-3d-ready-av-receiver.jpeg
2 Likes #2
looks like a damn dust magnet
#3
Soo tempted to buy this but i'm a home cinema virgin. Anyone have any experiences of it?
banned#4
Crazy cheap for a quality reciever...
#5
dmartins13
Soo tempted to buy this but i'm a home cinema virgin. Anyone have any experiences of it?
It looks like it would be a good starter amp. You could get some speakers for approx £150 which would get you a nice setup.
#6
wow great price !!! 10% quidco too

Edited By: Rudz on Dec 24, 2010 18:47
#7
mminghella
dmartins13
Soo tempted to buy this but i'm a home cinema virgin. Anyone have any experiences of it?
It looks like it would be a good starter amp. You could get some speakers for approx £150 which would get you a nice setup.


Like these ones?
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/jamo-5-1-a102-hcs5-speaker-system-1/835174
#8
Tempted to buy, Can I connect my Sky+HD box to this through HDMI, not through optical connection.

Edited By: shirish_payasi on Dec 24, 2010 19:31
#9
at last! a non onkyo deal!!! this is agood price. at least £230 elsewhere. I'd have got it if it was true HD as I've already got a DD/DTS 5.1 sony receiver. (_;)



Edited By: montana78 on Dec 24, 2010 20:22
#10
of course pixmania has it for £192.90 but thats Pixmania & we know about them right?
#11
Anyone on their travels seen a nice sub/amp combo on the high quality end?
#12
Many thanks I needed to update my old Kenwood ,just do not tell her indoors that it is not really broken
#13
Be tempted for 3 HDMI inputs
#14
So tempting..
Are you getting what you pay for here, or is this really good value for money? Because I am actually looking to spend more like £200.
#15
Bargain price for a decent amp.
#16
Can anyone tell me how this would work with a PS3? Connect via HDMI? How would the PS3 then connect to the TV?

Or am I completely wrong, and it won't work with the PS3?
#17
Connect ps3 then the output hdmi into the tv.. job done I assume?

really tempted to pick this up now and get speakers later next month..
2 Likes #18
PulseTurbo
Can anyone tell me how this would work with a PS3? Connect via HDMI? How would the PS3 then connect to the TV?

Or am I completely wrong, and it won't work with the PS3?


PS3 > HDMI > Amp > HDMI > TV
1 Like #19
Great deal, decent amp by all accounts... just a shame it's not True HD, woulda been the deal clincher for sure, still a great introduction amp to home cinema.
#20
A couple of models newer than mine and mine's fantastic and i paid more. fantastic deal

Pioneer products = Amazing quality. Especially my KURO TV and DVD Stereo in my car
#21
Does True HD make a massive difference, is it like SD tv's compared to HD ones?
#22
Bomster
PulseTurbo
Can anyone tell me how this would work with a PS3? Connect via HDMI? How would the PS3 then connect to the TV?

Or am I completely wrong, and it won't work with the PS3?


PS3 > HDMI > Amp > HDMI > TV


Thank you!

Another question... There are 3 ports, so what if I want to get sound from my TV, which is HD? I'm happy that 2 ports would be taken up by the PS3 (in and out) but what about the other one?
#23
PulseTurbo
Bomster
PulseTurbo
Can anyone tell me how this would work with a PS3? Connect via HDMI? How would the PS3 then connect to the TV?

Or am I completely wrong, and it won't work with the PS3?


PS3 > HDMI > Amp > HDMI > TV


Thank you!

Another question... There are 3 ports, so what if I want to get sound from my TV, which is HD? I'm happy that 2 ports would be taken up by the PS3 (in and out) but what about the other one?


No worries mate. Well there are 2 input HDMI's, ie for Xbox, PS3, Sky HD, and then the 3rd HDMI is for the output, which you plug into your tv.
#24
Been thinking of doing something about my sound as currently everything going through tv speakers. I have a set of wharfdale diamond 8.2's in the loft, Could I use these with this to just do stereo to start with until I save for surround speakers??.




Edited By: studentprince on Dec 24, 2010 21:38: grammer
#25
Any review links? cant seem to find any.
#26
Bomster
Does True HD make a massive difference, is it like SD tv's compared to HD ones?


No. You'd be very hard-pushed to notice any difference at typical seating distances.
#27
Was in the market for a new amp, just placed an order for a Yamaha RXV467 for 219 quid and cancelled it for this! Absolute bargain. Old DD/DTS amps are going on ebay for around 80-120 delivered!

The only thing about this amp is it doesn't decode audio over HDMI, only pass through so if that's an issue don't buy. I've got a 3x2 matrix switch so I didn't need any of the features of more expensive receivers. For HD audio formats, if you can really hear the difference and need them this amp has analogue inputs for that.
#28
shirish_payasi
Tempted to buy, Can I connect my Sky+HD box to this through HDMI, not through optical connection.


Sky requires an optical cable for surround sound as the HDMI port isnt capable of outputting Dolby 5.1
#29
pehaw
Bomster
Does True HD make a massive difference, is it like SD tv's compared to HD ones?


No. You'd be very hard-pushed to notice any difference at typical seating distances.


I think TrueHD and DTS-HD make a massive difference. The amount of detail in sound on a decent system is remarkable.

Since switching from Logitech Z5500 to Yamaha 667 7.1 and Monitor Audio BX2 5.1 System my living room is perfectly balanced for movies and it doesnt sound like i have 5 speakers in the room and each one blends perfectly.

The problem with lower end 5.1 systems is they dont processes the data very well and just play the sounds out of each speaker and dont do any onbaord blending.

goto a decent AV shop and geta demo of a DTS-HD System and you'll see what i mean in comparison to a cheap system

Im not knocking the Logitech Z5500 which for the price is a good system but once you take the step up you couldnt go back!

For £100 and the addition to the Jama speakers i think you;d end up with Brilliant setup for price
#30
e1ectricjesus
Great deal, decent amp by all accounts... just a shame it's not True HD, woulda been the deal clincher for sure, still a great introduction amp to home cinema.


even though £99.99 is a bargain for a non-true HD audio. better than the standard sony & onkyo range in richer sounds upto £180
#31
Itwill have 2 input ports for say ps3 and sky HD and then 1 output which goes to the TV and then you use the Remote to switch the input justlike you do on your TV

Be warned Seperates isnt a good startiung point for a total noob as it could end up too challenging
#32
craigtumilty
shirish_payasi
Tempted to buy, Can I connect my Sky+HD box to this through HDMI, not through optical connection.


Sky requires an optical cable for surround sound as the HDMI port isnt capable of outputting Dolby 5.1


connected my sky+ via optical & havnt seen any movies use digital surround sound. dont think they bother with high end sound as its too much bandwidth. or maybe i dont wath enough SKY movies :D

hail blu-ray
#33
craigtumilty
pehaw
Bomster
Does True HD make a massive difference, is it like SD tv's compared to HD ones?


No. You'd be very hard-pushed to notice any difference at typical seating distances.


I think TrueHD and DTS-HD make a massive difference. The amount of detail in sound on a decent system is remarkable.

Since switching from Logitech Z5500 to Yamaha 667 7.1 and Monitor Audio BX2 5.1 System my living room is perfectly balanced for movies and it doesnt sound like i have 5 speakers in the room and each one blends perfectly.

The problem with lower end 5.1 systems is they dont processes the data very well and just play the sounds out of each speaker and dont do any onbaord blending.

goto a decent AV shop and geta demo of a DTS-HD System and you'll see what i mean in comparison to a cheap system

Im not knocking the Logitech Z5500 which for the price is a good system but once you take the step up you couldnt go back!

For £100 and the addition to the Jama speakers i think you;d end up with Brilliant setup for price


Sorry - I misread the question - thought it was about 1080p v 720p.
#34
pehaw
Bomster
Does True HD make a massive difference, is it like SD tv's compared to HD ones?


No. You'd be very hard-pushed to notice any difference at typical seating distances.


get full range speakers. watch them without sub on normal DTS & DTS HD. you'll notice full bass from all speakers. alot of film wathers the sub floods te other sound so you'll need to calibrate the speakers just like TV's to enjoy to the fullest.
#35
Eurgghhh, cant decide!
#36
doesn't decode audio over HDMI.. what does that mean exactly?
#37
say for instance you want it to take the audio off your hdmi and play it through speakers... it WONT do that... it just passes whatever info comes in off the hdmi and passes it straight out again...
#38
placidsheep
say for instance you want it to take the audio off your hdmi and play it through speakers... it WONT do that... it just passes whatever info comes in off the hdmi and passes it straight out again...


Can you give me an example? Not computing, lolz.
#39
I am an av amp newby and been looking for a while for something decent but with a budget of about £200ish. How does this with a decent set of speakers compare to this recent post:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/onkyo-ht-s3305b-3d-ready-5-1-av-spe/830514

I only have a Bluray and Virgin +HD box to connect but want something with decent sound for music also as watch a lot of the music channels, not too many films. Also would be connecting an mp3 player for music listening.

3D not of too much interest to me at the moment so that not an issue either.

Would this be better for me than the Onkyo, and what speakers would anyone recommend for about another 100quid or so?



http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/onkyo-ht-s3305b-3d-ready-5-1-av-spe/830514
#40
great deal just ordered this, anyone recommend some decent speakers to go with it or just should i just go with the jamo's previously mentioned

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