Summary: I bought this receiver shortly before it was replaced by XX-60? whatever and got a killer deal, out of box further discounted (it was bought for a custom build but wouldn't fit the enclosure). Other reviews are correct, it takes time and study to get this right and brother, when you do, WOW! I'm still not sure if I got it all the way correct or not. I need another pair of trained ears to check it out.
Summary: My husband is a pioneer man, he picked this item for me (because my new tv needed an upgrade receiver my current pioneer receiver is 12 yrs old) anyway, this receiver has everything we needed for runing the new 92" 3D TV, love the look and sound it puts out, we play all the systems thru it to the TV, company was great with keeping us informed as to the shipping and delivery of receiver, now they sent 2 receivers (an error) the only issue was trying to get a real person...
Veronica L. "Your only as old as you feel! =-0)", Amazon
21 September 2012
Summary: Absolutely a beautiful receiver!!! Loaded with features. Still building my home theater, so not using all the features just yet, but will be once I get my theater up and running, produces awesome sound!!!!
top notch cheap price thx receiver match it w martin logan
10 June 2012
Summary: truly fantastic a/v receiver, i have owned many high end ones but this guy for the price and construction beats them all.. thx certified, i can handle all you can possibly throw at it. handles my marting logan without a porblem..
Summary: I purchased a brand new Pioneer Elite VSX-52 from Amazon/Crawford's Superstore in July of 2011. In March of 2012 the HDMI video stopped sending a signal to my TV. I contacted Pioneer and they told me to take it to an authorized repair center. A week later the repair center called to tell me that Pioneer would not honor their manufacture's warranty because neither Amazon or Crawford's is an authorized reseller.
Summary: I just changer from a Harmon Kardon 2600 to this vsx52. While the HK had good bass power this Pioneer does better. I don't need a sub as I'm running all Cerwin Vega speakers, 15" woofers for the front, 12" for the surround speakers and a CV center. Love the ipod connection, but would be nice if it would connect to the back instead of the front of the amp to keep the white cord out of the way. Heavy with features to configure all music sources for Premium sound.
Summary: Great clarity and definition doesn't quite have the punch of my old ONKYO 606 though. This unit is not for novices there are more adjustments than any unit I have owned. If you don't know what your doing the sound may be a little flat. EDIT: It has the punch I just had to change a setting to the Sub.
Summary: This reciever outperforms everything, till you get to $2400.00. Took about 3 hours to set it up, with Tech Support at Pioneer, but once programed correctly for "your system", it is phenomenal. I have a REL T2 subwoofer, Martin Logan ESL's, and Energy Veritas V5.1 bookshelf speakers, 4-8 ohm speakers, very demanding combination of speakers to drive. Played "Dark Knight"at -10 DB "VERY LOUD", and nieghbors called police.
Summary: I switched from Denon to Pioneer and I'm very happy I switched! The integration into Apple products is the best. The sound and video is also outstanding. Love the iPad controller it really makes controlling the receiver much more user friendly.