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Pioneer VSX-817

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    5.6 5.6 from 3 reviewers
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    5.9 5.9 from 2 reviewers
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    3.9 3.9 from 2 reviewers
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    3.3 3.3 from 2 reviewers
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The Pioneer VSX-817 is where the world of digital satellite radio entertainment charges into the home theater. Its features are wonderful. Among them are a phase control for bass management, sound retriever, for near CD-quality audio from compressed music files, and Auto MCACC with 5-band EQ and microphone, a calibration feature that fine-tunes each speaker to best suit your particular listening room. In other words, it’s loaded with Pioneer-exclusives. The Pioneer VSX-817 has managed to impress a lot of…

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The Pioneer VSX-817 is where the world of digital satellite radio entertainment charges into the home theater. Its features are wonderful. Among them are a phase control for bass management, sound retriever, for near CD-quality audio from compressed music files, and Auto MCACC with 5-band EQ and microphone, a calibration feature that fine-tunes each speaker to best suit your particular listening room. In other words, it’s loaded with Pioneer-exclusives. The Pioneer VSX-817 has managed to impress a lot of its users. One of the main reasons is its features are considered to be absolutely mind blowing. Its auto calibration also is known to leave an impact on its users. Viewing a DVD allows it to go through different sound changes that usually occur just between the previews and the movie. Known to be an amazing value and great sound, the Pioneer VSX-817 receivers has a sharp, clear, full sound. To make it easier for its users, the Pioneer VSX-817 has a simple menu that can be sent to your tv by making it even easier to be used. A certain user commented on how an annoying hum occurred or can be heard while in the midst of switching inputs but it went away after warming up. The XM surround setting is considered a bit terrible that’s why, according to some users, its better run in DTS NEO:6 for a better listening experience. And it also doesn’t support HDMI but it can always be run optically. The remote has been quite a dislike among the users, not sure for what exactly but I’m guessing for its non-stylish otherwise referred to as lame body. Despite that, users do appreciate the fact that for its price range, the Pioneer VSX-817 support many different audio modes and settings. Even though it does not basically support Tru-HD or DTS-HD, the sounds are simply amazing.

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