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5.9 out of 10

Pioneer VSX-53TX

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Reviews and Problems with Pioneer VSX-53TX

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Overall 2
2.0

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.
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Overall 10
10

Complicated as a love affair, but worth it.

fudney, Ebay
9 May 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 2
2.0

Warranty is void if purchased on the internet

Susan Funchion, Amazon
12 April 2013
  • Summary: We purchased this receiver in November 2011. It is supposed to have a two year warranty, but when we contacted Pioneer that said that the warranty is void for any equipment that is purchased on the internet. Now we have a receiver that costs more to fix then to buy a new one. If we had know this up front, we probably wouldn't have purchased it. Buyer beware.
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Overall 10
10

pioneer vsx-53 a good buy, I would recommend it!!!

tyler6040, Ebay
12 December 2012
  • Summary: awesome receiver-sounds much better than my previous Onkyo TX-SR-875 . my tv/movies/games have never sounded so good, especially the surround speakers. generates much less heat than the onkyo (this matters if you have it inside a cabinet). On screen menu easy to figure out. My Onkyo was in the shop a few times so I hope this one is more reliable. Be aware if you want to use bluetooth that you will have to buy an additional $50-70 piece.
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Overall 2
2.0

Poor Quality - HDMI Failures

Josh Miller, Amazon
3 December 2012
  • Summary: I purchased this product based on the positive reviews and when my unit was working, it was indeed truly enjoyable. My only issue is that the board that controls the HDMI failed a few months ago. I had it repaired (under warranty) at my local authorized repair center but it failed again last week. The repair center now says they've been inundated with Pioneer receivers and it will take weeks even to look at it, then 2-3 more for the repair!
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Overall 2
2.0

Outdated

jhurst00, Ebay
18 August 2012
  • Summary: Unlike what the other reviewer said, this model (VSX-53TX) actually has zero HDMI inputs/outputs. This model might have been good in 2004, but nowadays is basically just a 100W x 7 stereo amplifier.
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Overall 10
10

Awesome reciever -- BUT NO FACTORY WARRANTY IF BOUGHT ONLINE

Micah, Amazon
29 May 2012
  • Summary: BE CAUTIOUS, IF YOU GO TO THE PIONEER SITE TO SEE WHO IS APPROVED TO SELL THIS, THEY SPECIFICALLY SAY THEY WILL NOT OFFER SUPPORT / WARRANTIES FOR ANY ONLINE PURCHASE OF ANY PIONEER "ELITE" MODEL. This is important to do for all your big amazon purchases (a TV, for example). If this shows up not working, you better hope the person selling it to you will honor "their" warranty (good luck...), cause Pioneer will wash their hands of it.
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Overall 2
2.0

Think twice before buying Pioneer Elite through amazon.com

TonyC, Amazon
29 May 2012
  • Summary: We purchased a VSX-53 through Amazon.com back in January 2012. The product worked great for a few months when suddenly the video processors both stopped working. We reviewed the issue with Pioneer support and they indicated we needed to bring the unit to an authorized factory repair shop and gave us the names of shops in our area. The unit was repaired but Pioneer refused to pay for the repair even thought the warranty was still in effect, or so we thought.
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Overall 10
10

Awesome receiver - all positive experience, its a no brainer - pick one up!

peislander2, Ebay
1 April 2012
  • Summary: Awesome receiver - no cons to note, beautiful sound and function, more inputs/hdmi ports than dill has pickles - pick one of these bad boys up, plug it in and enjoy!
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Overall 8
8.0

Pioneer Elite VSX-53

C. Hafemann "ChuckH", Amazon
9 February 2012
  • Summary: I've had the unit a few weeks now and am still learning how to use it. The user's manual is 98 pages of fairly fine print info, and only a few pages are fluff like don't use the unit in the bathtub. Overall I like the unit but it is awfully complicated. I am also finding things I expected to be able to do that I can't (my fault for looking the unit over at Best Buy and relying on the info I got there, but buying it on line for hundreds less).
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