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: 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.
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.
pioneer vsx-53 a good buy, I would recommend it!!!
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.
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!
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.
Awesome reciever -- BUT NO FACTORY WARRANTY IF BOUGHT ONLINE
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.
Think twice before buying Pioneer Elite through amazon.com
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.
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).