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Pioneer VSX-821
6.5 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 10

good for running HDMI and video components for your asic ...

scruffymurph, Amazon
18 June 2015
  • Summary: Works as desribed, good for running HDMI and video components for your asic hometheatre setup. Also liked the A&B channels, so i could setup a seperate room or outdoor speakers and isolate them to that area if i wanted or go A + B and have full-house music!!
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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 4


Virgil E Bradshaw, Amazon
10 April 2014
  • Summary: I read most of the reviews and its not that hard to hook up but what is really wrong with this I paid for two day delivery got it in 6 but I got it and I was like a 5 year old could not wait, I had memories of my old pioneer (I still have) I bought when I was in the military, it was hard to find...
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Overall 2

The most non-intuitive receiver I have ever tried to set-up.

Tyekim1, Amazon
18 March 2014
  • Summary: This is the most complicated piece of consumer electronics I have ever attempted to set up. While it worked well with two speakers, it has not worked yet since I bought a center chanel speaker and a sub. I don't want rear speakers, just a personal preference.
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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 2

Died after two years.

EatTravelLive, Amazon
22 January 2014
  • Summary: I have no complaints regarding its functionality during the first two years I owned it. Then it stopped turning on.
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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 8

Mega Sound

PLevand "Fun with Technology", Amazon
28 December 2013
  • Summary: Purchased this as my first 5.1 HDMI system. It interacts with my Samsung HDTV, DISH receiver and Blu Ray player well. Several connections are required and will take a while to get everything hooked up. Screen menu (CD, DVD, DVR, TV/SAT, etc) does not exactly match the connections on the back.
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