Summary: My wife and I bought this unit to run our home theatre system 2 years ago and have been extremely happy with it, with one caveat. The VSX-53 is in the Elite line of Pioneer Amplifiers, which is their higher end line meant more for audiophiles and video enthusiasts. Its performance lives up to that reputation entirely. The unit is a standard large size AV system unit. You need a deep AV cabinet with a double height bay to fit this unit.
Summary: I've been a Pioneer fan for many years and have had a wide range of all their products. When I see the word "Elite" I expect a little more. After 2.5 years 3 of the HDMI inputs don't work. 2 on the back which I've never even used don't work and the one on the front panel which I used a total of 3 times now no longer works.
Summary: Great Great replacement for my VSX52TX Im really happy with this unit. Bought an open box in mint condition and its great. Power sound connectivity looks air play iTunes ipad remote control not missing a thing. Dont believe the negs sure there may be a dud once in a while look at the crappy Xbox 360 pos something like 15% failiers Pioneer really made the almost perfect receiver only thing is I wish the remote was like my 52 with bigger distinct buttons and lcd scree
Summary: continuous quality issues since the day I bought to it, and now it finally crashed and burned because of an automatic 'fix' that Pioneer had it download from the web, and which completely screwed it up. Pioneer now have the bare faced gall to suggest that I need to pay them to have it fixed since it is now out of warranty - even though they broke it !!! Stay away from this receiver, and from Pioneer !!!!
Do yourself a favor and do not buy this receiver at any cost
Scott Goldstone, Amazon
5 December 2013
Summary: I owned this receiver for about 6-7 months and it has been incredibly frustrating, here’s my story: First off, I purchased it from Best Buy with an extended service plan so I have not run into any of the issues of non-warranty from Amazon. Probably not coincidentally, Best Buy no longer carries this model but does carry the VSX-43 on the lower end and the VSX-70 on the higher end.
Summary: Amazing receiver!!! Does it all and more. I am running Klipsch KLF 30's for fronts, KLF 20's for rears, and a KLF C7 center with a M&K MX-350 Sub. The Vsx-53 handles this setup and then some. It also delivers awesome picture quality to my Panasonic Viera 3D Plasma tv. Buy it you won't be disappointed.
Summary: This is my first new receiver in many years and oh my how things have changed. My old receiver is a Carver 5.1. This receiver is somewhat complicated to get up and running and then to use regularly, but it gives you great sound for the effort. To be honest there is a simpler setup, but why do that when you can have fun with the advanced setup. I never tried the basic setup method so it may have been a lot easier.