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Pioneer VSX-S520D – Spectacular AV receiver

The Pioneer VSX-S520D is a do-it-all AV receiver that is half the size but fully featured, including a DAB radio and network streaming.

Compact Design
The Pioneer VSX-S520D is only 70mm height, which is half the height of most AV receivers. This means it can go where others can’t and, more importantly, it can stay cool. It also happens to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing AV receivers on the market. For a clean look, a clear display is flanked by only a few controls.

Pioneer VSX-S520D

Performer with a punch
Despite its small size, the VSX-S520D makes no sacrifices in terms of power. 80 watts per channel (at 4 ohms) is sufficient for all but the largest rooms.The power is supplied by a Class D amplifier that is not only powerful but also quiet, making it ideal for this small Pioneer. A unique feature of this AV receiver is the powered subwoofer output. This allows you to use a passive subwoofer, though an active subwoofer can also be connected via the standard RCA sub output.

Google Cast, AirPlay, and Bluetooth are all options
With Googlecast and AirPlay built in, it’s simple to stream music from your smartphone or tablet. Connect wirelessly and use the Google (Android) or iTunes (Apple) operating systems to stream your stored music or favorite music services. Bluetooth wireless music streaming is also available for universal compatibility, including many laptops and PCs.
Wi-Fi, Tidal, Spotify, and Internet radio are all available for a complete networking experience.
Wi-Fi, Internet radio, Tidal, and Spotify are also included with the VSXS520D. Simply connect to your home network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi to gain access to thousands of Internet radio sites as well as subscription services like Spotify Connect and Tidal.

Pioneer VSX-S520D

FlareConnect powered by Blackfire allows you to add a wireless speaker
It is possible to create a multi-room speaker system – wirelessly, using the latest FlareConnect by Blackfire technology. Simply add compatible Pioneer wireless speakers to another room to mirror what’s playing on the main system.
DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
The Pioneer VSXS520D is the only AV receiver in its class featuring a built-in DAB digital radio. This allows you access to a large number of stations as well as the convenience of hiss-free digital radio. There’s also an FM tuner for listening to local and national stations on the analogue radio network, in addition to the DAB radio. Photo: Pioneer

Pioneer VSX-S520D – RC

Turn your vinyl- turntable
If all of this connection wasn’t enough, the VSX-S520D also functions admirably as a hi-fi amplifier. Most home entertainment systems just require two line inputs and two digital connections. The dedicated phono (MM) input allows you to connect your turntable, bringing the total number of inputs to five.
Quick set-up
Regardless of packing a great deal of tech in, the VSXS520D is simple to set-up and use. Pioneer’s exclusive MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration) system tunes the amp to the size involving music playing place and phone speaker position, with the touch involving a button. Cycle Command technology implies some sort of natural sound among typically the audio system, anywhere you decide on for you to place them in the room.

Rationalize the style and not the efficiency, with the Pioneer VSXS520D.

VSX-S520D specs:

Amplification

Channels: 6

Amplification Type: Class D

80 W/ch (4 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 1ch Driven)

Audio Features

Dolby Atmos® for 3.1.2ch/Dolby Surround

Surround Enhancer

DTS:X/DTS Neural:X

Reflex Optimizer

Dolby® TrueHD/Dolby Digital Plus

DTS-HD Master Audio/DTS-HD High Resolution Audio/DTS

DSD Playback via Network/USB (5.6 MHz/2ch 2.8 MHz/2ch)

DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz/5.1ch, 2ch)

Digital Core Engine with Cirrus Logic (Quad Core) x 1

HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)

MCACC Auto Room Tuning

Phase Control

Subwoofer EQ (4 Band)

Advanced Sound Retriever (2ch)

Advanced Surround Modes

Classical, Unplugged, Entertainment Show, Drama, Advanced Game, Action, Rock/Pop, Sports, Extended Stereo, Extended Mono, Front Stage Surround, Auto Surround

Video Features

Ultra HD Pass-through with HDCP 2.2 (4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit, 4K/24p/4:4:4/36-bit, 4K/60p/4:2:0/36-bit)

HDR10 and BT.2020 Pass-through Support

Ultra HD Upscaling (1080p 4K)

3D Ready (Blu-ray Disc™, Broadcast, and Games)

Deep Colour (36-bit), “x.v.Colour”

Home Network Features

FlareConnect for Multi-room Audio

Chromecast built-in

DTS Play-Fi*1

Apple AirPlay Certified

Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Deezer Music Streaming Services Ready

Internet Radio (TuneIn)

Hi-Res Audio File Playback via USB/Network

Up to 192 kHz/24-bit ALAC, AIFF, FLAC, WAV

5.6/2.8 MHz DSD Playback

Convenience Features

Built-in Wi-Fi® (Dual Band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz)

Built-in Bluetooth® Wireless Technology (Version: 4.1, Profile: A2DP/AVRCP, Codec: SBC/AAC)

Works with Pioneer Remote App (iOS/Android™)

New GUI with System/Network Setup Menu

Auto Power Off in HDMI Standby Through

DAB/DAB+ Tuner

FM (RDS) Tuner 40 Presets

Sleep Timer

User-Friendly Simple Remote Control

Front Terminals

USB 1 In for USB Drive

MCACC Setup MIC In

Phones 1 Out

Rear Terminals

HDMI 4 In

HDMI 1 Out (ARC)

Ethernet 1 In

Audio 2 In (Assignable)

Phono (MM) 1 In

Digital Coaxial 1 In (Assignable)

Digital Optical 1 In (Assignable)

Subwoofer 1 Pre Out

Speaker 6 ch Out (FRONT, CENTER, SURROUND, SUBWOOFER)

FM/DAB Tuner Antenna

Specifications

Power Requirements: AC 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz

Power Consumption/Standby: 60 W/0.38 W

Dimensions (W x H x D): 435 x 70 x 325 mm

Weight: 4.0 kg

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