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Pioneer VSX-521
6.5 out of 10

Pioneer VSX-521

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Overall 2
2.0

Don't waste your money

Charles H., Newegg
1 November 2013
  • Pros: Bought this from Newegg, seemed like a good deal at the time. Sounded decent for a while.
  • Cons: After about a year, it simply died one day. Was listening to a CD, the music stopped, the lights went out; it's been a brick since. Haven't had much luck finding someone to service it. Was looking online for a solution and came across a Audio/Visual forum site called avsforum.com. There are a num...
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Overall 2
2.0

Got what I paid for

Michael A., Newegg
18 July 2012
  • Summary: Pioneer customer service was no help, after some "troubleshooting" on the phone I was informed my devices aren't HDCP compliant (even though they are) and their receiver is not at fault.
  • Pros: Affordable Easy to setup Sound and video output quality is fairly good (when working at least, see below).
  • Cons: This model is plagued with HDMI handshaking issues, which is why I believe it was liquidated practically everywhere (picked mine up for $120 here on newegg). Out of my Comcast DVR, Sony Blueray player, Roku box, and an AMD HTPC, only the Roku box will correctly function using HDMI. The other devi...
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

Kristopher T., Newegg
2 May 2012
  • Pros: Worked for about 2 weeks.
  • Cons: After 2 weeks the hdmi connections failed. It will not receive video or audio.
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Overall 2
2.0

Died after 2 weeks

Todd W., Newegg
7 March 2012
  • Pros: Great Price.
  • Cons: I got this receiver for a great price but was disappointed after it died after 2 weeks of use. Power just died. Sent it back, nope the next one lasts longer.
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Overall 2
2.0

Don't waste your time or money

Kevin H., Newegg
10 January 2012
  • Summary: Spend a little more and buy a better brand
  • Pros: Cheap price
  • Cons: Arrived DOA, I guess if it sounds to good to be true, it must be. But in this case there was no sound!
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Overall 2
2.0

was ok when it worked

Thomas H., Newegg
20 December 2011
  • Summary: Got the receiver in and the box looked fine, did not appear to have been damaged in shipping or anything. Hooked it up, set everything up and it was working fine. Used it for a few hours the first day with no problems, came home from work the next day went to turn it on and it was dead.
  • Pros: Easy setup, plenty of connections, price
  • Cons: died after 1 day, on screen menu does not work over hdmi..... why have a hdmi compatible received with an on screen menu that doesn't work with hdmi?
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Overall 2
2.0

poor quality

ripley, Amazon
26 August 2011
  • Summary: purchased this rcvr at best buy,tuner not working returned 2nd one tuner went out in 2nd week,disgusted returned 3rd time went and purchased panasonic much better
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Overall 2
2.0

17 months old & broken twice

M. Anderson, Amazon
26 August 2011
  • Summary: I purchased the Pioneer VSX-521 receiver in April 2011 to be used only for showing movies with a new projector, new blu-ray player, and new surround sound speakers. Nothing complicated. The receiver worked fine for eight months, then it died.
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Overall 2
2.0

HDCP Problems

sigtraveler, Amazon
26 August 2011
  • Summary: I purchased this receiver to replace a Yamaha that finally died on me. Unfortunately, this receiver does not recognize my Samsung television as being HDCP compliant. Video stops after about 5 seconds on any hdmi device. Still searching for a solution, but as a result, I cannot use the HDMI features.
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Overall 2
2.0

Lousy product, lousy customer service

Sarah, Amazon
26 August 2011
  • Summary: This receiver consistently turns itself off after 2 hours even when we are using it. We wrote to Pioneer who suggested resetting it. We reset it, and it still does it. We wrote to Pioneer again and have not received ANY response.
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