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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BEWARE!!! ELITE Products sold on AMAZON Void Warrantee
11 June 2013
Summary: BEWARE! BEWARE! BEWARE! took this in for Warrantee repair and found out Pioneer does not honor their warrantee if ELITE sold online. See this BS fine print first. http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Where-To-Buy/Pioneer+Home+Audio+Video+Authorized+Internet+Dealers
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.