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Pioneer VSX-821
6.3 out of 10

Pioneer VSX-821

Pioneer VSX-821-K The Pioneer VSX-821-K is a 5.1-Channel AV Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Pioneer VSX-821

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Overall 2


Anonymous, Newegg
16 November 2014
  • Summary: Opened it up to look for a blown fuse and could not find an obvious fix. Searched online and it seems like it's going to cost way more than it's worth. Now looking for another receiver, and I'M GOING TO STAY AWAY FROM PIONEER THIS TIME. I WISH I NEVER GAVE THEM A CHANCE.
  • Pros: When it worked, it provided good sound
  • Cons: Same problem as everyone else. UNIT JUST STOPPED POWERING ON. I took immaculate care of this unit and only lightly used this as the center of my home theater system. One of the HDMI input channels stopped working a few months in so I had to switch my inputs to another channel.. no biggie. Then on...
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Overall 2


William F., Newegg
11 September 2014
  • Summary: I would stay far away from any Pioneer receivers, seems quality and customer satisfaction has given way to the cheaper is better and toss it when it breaks mentality (planned obsolescence). what a shame too, had a pioneer head unit in my 96 Saturn back in the day and that thing was awesome.
  • Pros: while it worked I thought it was a nice receiver, especially for the price. Unfortunately that was somewhat short lived.
  • Cons: After a year and a half the receiver does not turn on, it's a known issue with the VSX series, not just the 821, and it seems to be carried over to the newer versions 822, etc. The issue in most all cases I've seen online is the Amp board. while the board level components can be had for under 20 ...
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Overall 10

Five Stars

Frank D., Amazon
7 July 2014
  • Summary: Great value! works flawlessly so far! it's been more than a year.
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Overall 2

Pioneer VSX-821-K 5.1-Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver Model#: VSX-821-K Item#: N82E16882117397 is JUNK YOU GUYS SELL JUNK

Claudia C., Newegg
7 February 2014
  • Summary: Pioneer VSX-821-K 5.1-Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver Model#: VSX-821-K Item#: N82E16882117397 JUNK
  • Pros: Pioneer VSX-821-K 5.1-Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver Model#: VSX-821-K Item#: N82E16882117397 IS JUNK
  • Cons: its gonna cost more to fix ... so i might as well buy a new one but it wont b from here unless u send me a new on and i can send u this pice of JUNKback
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Overall 6

Good sound and functional

DAVID H., Newegg
21 January 2014
  • Pros: Great sound,connecyion options, DLNA worked and excelent picture quality to my Vivio XVT. Helpfull costomer service from Pioneer.
  • Cons: No built in wifi, No settings menu through HDMI and HDMI output quit in less than a year. In their defense Pioneer replaced it through their service center with a newer model that I am pleased with.
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Overall 2

Decent While it Worked

Jesse N., Newegg
10 December 2013
  • Summary: good for 1 yr and 8 months....
  • Pros: Worked as stated.
  • Cons: Turned off one night as I was going to bed... first time i had used the remote to turn unit off. Never turned back on using remote or front panel.
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Overall 4

Lasted only 1 year 6 mo

Myrna U., Newegg
28 October 2013
  • Summary: Very disappointed with the reliability of this receiver, will not be buying another pioneer again.
  • Pros: Great performing speaker when it works...
  • Cons: Died a year and 6 months later
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Overall 2

User Review

thomas d., Newegg
10 October 2013
  • Pros: awesome receiver for the price. does everything I want it to.
  • Cons: It just quit on me today. won't power on at all. I take very good care of it.
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Overall 4

good while it lasts

Ramon S., Newegg
5 May 2013
  • Pros: Awesome device. Clean sound. Tons of features. Looks nice in a rack.
  • Cons: It died after one year of light use. Turned it off one day and the next day it wouldn't come back on. There was no power surge, no overheating, nothing. I can't explain it and I don't want to get ripped off by taking it to a service center.
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Overall 8

User Review

Benjamin B., Newegg
12 December 2012
  • Pros: It has a ton of connectors in the back allowing you to easily run all of you components through the system. It works great and I haven't had any problems with it.
  • Cons: The video output to set up the receiver is AV only. Its not a huge problem but it is annoying when you don't plan on using an AV cable at all.
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