Pioneer VSX527 AV Receiver with DLNA and AirPlay £179.95 @ Richer Sounds instore and online
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Pioneer VSX527 AV Receiver with DLNA and AirPlay £179.95 @ Richer Sounds instore and online

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Found 16th Dec 2012
Not so long ago a home cinema receiver with DLNA, AirPlay and Internet Radio would cost £300+. Added benefits include universal remote, USB playback, auto calibration, ARC and CEC compatibility. Note proper screw connectors (as opposed to spring connectors) for all 5 speakers, a rarity at this price range.

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Nice find!

I've been trying to convince my wife that we "need" one of these

Excellent deal! Need to sell my Yamaha RX-V559DAB now.

mminghella

I've been trying to convince my wife that we "need" one of these



You need to convince her that she wants it.
Edited by: "BurnToasT333" 16th Dec 2012

There should also be a £10 off voucher if you sign up for the VIP club (free) i used this a couple of weeks ago when it was £199 for the same model. So should bring it down to £169.95

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khitomer

Nice find!

Didn't have to search a lot, it's on RS' weekly newsletter (email). Also £50 off any 5.1 speaker pack when bought with any featured receiver, and obviously if you register as "VIP member" you get an £10 off voucher

mminghella

I've been trying to convince my wife that we "need" one of these


You can do it!

Hi
This looks good, can you detail how the airplay works?
Audio and video?

cacorat

HiThis looks good, can you detail how the airplay works?Audio and video?


Audio.

Heat...

HOT HOT HOT

I need one too!

I just bought one of these from Richer Sounds last weekend, now its dropped £20

Cold! Not an O***O! (_;)
Edited by: "trilogy2k" 16th Dec 2012

May be daft question but can you connect an 'unpowered' sub to the system? Was thinking of getting something like this to connect to my existing home cinema (Panasonic) set up to get round the issue with DTS not being recognised over optical input.

paulod

May be daft question but can you connect an 'unpowered' sub to the … May be daft question but can you connect an 'unpowered' sub to the system? Was thinking of getting something like this to connect to my existing home cinema (Panasonic) set up to get round the issue with DTS not being recognised over optical input.


You need an external amp to power the sub-woofer.

paulod

May be daft question but can you connect an 'unpowered' sub to the … May be daft question but can you connect an 'unpowered' sub to the system? Was thinking of getting something like this to connect to my existing home cinema (Panasonic) set up to get round the issue with DTS not being recognised over optical input.



Only 'active powered' sub

might be an amplified output on the sub, worth checking on pioneer's webby.. Still won't be anything like having an amplified sub.

So if I bought this I'd need a base speaker and a pair of floorstanders to complete?

Jimmy67

So if I bought this I'd need a base speaker and a pair of floorstanders … So if I bought this I'd need a base speaker and a pair of floorstanders to complete?


It totally depends on what your goal is. Do you want a Stereo setup, or a home theater surround-sound type setup?

A receiver is probably the best thing you'll every buy for your TV in my opinion.

Had one now for 7 years.

Never looked back.

So much easier and more convenient.

Don't get too excited by the Internet radio and airplay features. The AirPlay only processes audio, not video or mirroring. If u've already got a good quality amp, save yourself a 3 figure sum and by a Bluetooth receiver for around £20. You can then stream music and Internet radio this way from any smartphone. Nice price for the amp but I won't be upgrading my Onkyo just yet.

Voted hot, because I noticed this myself a few days ago. Checked out some reviews though and apparently bass handling is not the best. I am looking to replace a hifi amp, and it would be a shame to lose out on quality. It is all subjective though and it is a very impressive toy for the money, I still might bite the bullet!. You can also use a iOS app for remote control if you hook it up to your network (comes with an Ethernet port in the back - wifi not built in). Finally. While researching this I discovered that with a bit of effort you can use a Raspberry Pi to give your TV /Receiver AirPlay capabilities...(redirect content from your iPhone / iPad) So while I make up my mind I am getting one of them for Christmas! :-)

I have been led to believe that the Yamaha entry level av receivers are the best value for sound quality & features/support.

geordie7

I have been led to believe that the Yamaha entry level av receivers are … I have been led to believe that the Yamaha entry level av receivers are the best value for sound quality & features/support.


Maybe so, but this is damn cheap for what you get.

very hot

Seems a really good price also looks like it has quite a bit of power to as it eats up 450 watts this is really important as must amps seem to be around 200 watts for around this price.
So it should be quite loud.

Voted hot was looking at this a few months back. Quick Question Do you defiantly get the £50 of a speaker pack with this system? Also how do you get the £10 VIP, signed up but no email/voucher

Edited by: "yiddo77" 16th Dec 2012

Think I will wait for the Yamaha RXV373 to drop below £200.

geordie7

I have been led to believe that the Yamaha entry level av receivers are … I have been led to believe that the Yamaha entry level av receivers are the best value for sound quality & features/support.



I would tend to disagree with that, as prices are at the moment the Onkyo's and Pioneers offer the most value for money in terms of inputs, and the Onkyos according to reviews edge it in sound quality. Checkout the current pricepoints of the Pioneer 922, and the Onkyo 414, and compare them spec-wise to the relevant Yamaha's.

Yamaha's prices are holding up because of those What H-Fi AV Receivers of the Year award for the 673 and 373.

There are loads of good AVR deals around at the moment, but I've posted enough of late!!

If I was in the market for a new AVR, I'd go Onkyo 414 or 515, and I'd buy through SuperFi for 10% off (DEC10,) there's a deal for someone, if they want it? (If it hasn't been posted?) Onkyo 414 for £179.10. None are better specced at that pricepoint, or as good, IMO obviously.

mminghella

I've been trying to convince my wife that we "need" one of these



Just buy it fella, then when she asks why, just reply the same reason you need all those shoes, purses, handbags and accessories (I'm sure she won't have much to say)!

I paid £269 for this a couple of months ago from superfi. Gutted. I recommend the Boston acoustic 5.1 speaker package with this as reviewed on what hifi (5 star) sound great with this amp! Heat added.

robcawsey

I would tend to disagree with that, as prices are at the moment the … I would tend to disagree with that, as prices are at the moment the Onkyo's and Pioneers offer the most value for money in terms of inputs, and the Onkyos according to reviews edge it in sound quality. Checkout the current pricepoints of the Pioneer 922, and the Onkyo 414, and compare them spec-wise to the relevant Yamaha's.Yamaha's prices are holding up because of those What H-Fi AV Receivers of the Year award for the 673 and 373.There are loads of good AVR deals around at the moment, but I've posted enough of late!!If I was in the market for a new AVR, I'd go Onkyo 414 or 515, and I'd buy through SuperFi for 10% off (DEC10,) there's a deal for someone, if they want it? (If it hasn't been posted?) Onkyo 414 for £179.10. None are better specced at that pricepoint, or as good, IMO obviously.



Thanks for the info. will have a look at the Onkyo 414 @ superfi.

I have got Pioneer VSX-921 which I had for a couple of years and I am very pleased with pioneer quality..is this model a lower model,as name suggest? mine has not got the airplay!!

geordie7

Thanks for the info. will have a look at the Onkyo 414 @ superfi.



If you go for it, just be sure to upgrade to the latest firmware, via network or usb. They got quite a bit of flak for iffy switching, but this has been solved.

sam1970

I have got Pioneer VSX-921 which I had for a couple of years and I am … I have got Pioneer VSX-921 which I had for a couple of years and I am very pleased with pioneer quality..is this model a lower model,as name suggest? mine has not got the airplay!!



Lower as you think. This one's for your sideways move: Pioneer VSX-922 Kuro £224.10.
Edited by: "robcawsey" 16th Dec 2012

hmmm...my old samsung surround sound has just gone up in a puff of smoke, might be time for a new bit of kit ;-)

@robcawsey I have just read that on avforums, onkyo 414/515/616 hdmi failing.

So, the latest firmware has defo solved this?

Guys, how does it compare to the Denon AVR1513? £140 @RS? I'm looking to pick up one of these today.

richersounds.com/pro…513

geordie7

@robcawsey I have just read that on avforums, onkyo 414/515/616 hdmi … @robcawsey I have just read that on avforums, onkyo 414/515/616 hdmi failing.So, the latest firmware has defo solved this?



Well last week I bought an Onkyo 515! I upgraded the firmware, and have had no indication of any problems (only a weeks use, I know.) It replaced an older Yamaha 600 series, I have a Yamaha 667 in another room, and have owned Sony and Pioneer AVR in the past. I have little brand loyalty (just go for value usually,) I have never had an AVR go wrong, and in my experience they all last 10 years+. You do get the standard 2 year Onkyo warranty. I'm not trying to sell it to you, just saying that IMO no other AVRs can touch the Onkyo's value/features, and if I was looking for <£200 entry into 5.1, that's what I'd go for (the 414,) oh, and the tannoy V1s are looking pretty cheap with that 10% off!!!

Most of the bad comments you read are from before any firmware updates, and you must make the ultimate decision.
Edited by: "robcawsey" 16th Dec 2012

Nice to see these amps dropping in price, need to upgrade my 605 soon.
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