Pioneer VSX-S520 Review

Pioneer VSX-S520
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Pioneer VSX-S520 review

Audio and video content is increasing quality and a suitable system is required to consume it home. The review of Pioneer VSX-S520 that can become your home entertaiment center is brought to your attention. This device got 6 points out an evaluation of 10 practicable for its features. In 2016, this receiver model appeared on the market. The receiver is fitted with the 5.1-channel amplifier.

Pioneer VSX-S520 Pros

  • The receiver has a function of wireless connection to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • Bluetooth is now one of the key wireless communication protocols. In AV receivers, it is used for audio signal transmission or remote control. And it is in the model under review that Bluetooth support is implemented.
  • The presence of a USB port allows the receiver to play content from external media.
  • Like any modern receiver, VSX-S520 has a Phono (MM) input for connecting a phonograph or turntable.
  • Dolby Atmos technology has been included in this model specifically to create a 3D effect when watching movies, which reveals all its features with a minimum 5.1 configuration.
  • Pioneer VSX-S520 with an adaptive and flexible DTS:X surround format can support any speaker configuration, unlike Dolby Atmos.
  • With HDR pass-through support, it is possible to transfer data over VSX-S520 with a much wider range of colors.
  • With 4K/60Hz pass-through support, it is possible to pass data through this model without degrading image quality.
  • ARC feature eliminates the need for an additional composite or optical cable when connecting this unit to a TV.
  • The manufacturer claims support for CEC in Pioneer VSX-S520 and therefore you can control any HDMI-connected device using one remote control.
  • This receiver supports the data encryption protocol HDCP 2.2 which allows licensed devices to play high definition audio and video.
  • Can stream audio using the AirPlay protocol.
  • Stream music from one of the most popular services Spotify directly on the Pioneer VSX-S520.
  • The reviewed receiver has a Pure Direct mode, when used it feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
  • When using the VSX-S520, it is possible to switch between the main and additional set of speakers - speaker A/B switching.
  • With the included microphone, the Pioneer VSX-S520 can use the auto speaker calibration mechanism to create the most suitable soundstage.

Pioneer VSX-S520 Cons

  • HDMI eARC function not implemented.
  • Pioneer VSX-S520 is unable to use Amazon Music.
  • There is no voice control function.
  • Energy-saving ECO mode is not implemented.
  • Bi-amping is not available.
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Pioneer VSX-S520 back and front view

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Pioneer VSX-S520 specs and features

Amplifier

Channels 5.1
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm 50/4
Output impedance, Ohm 4
Frequency response 10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, % 0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC) 192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration MCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio features Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz
USB 1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45) 1
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay) AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming services Deezer, TIDAL, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output 4/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP) HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE) 1
Headphone output 1 x 6.3
Optical digital input 1
Coaxial digital input 1
Composite input 0
Component input/output 0/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectors USB, phones, setup mic
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)
4K signal pass-through 4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video features DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control
App control iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Display colour OSD
Tuner AM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware update network, USB
Other additional features has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones has not
Zone audio output has not
Zone HDMI output has not
Multi-room control has not
RS-232 0
Remote control input/output (IR) 0/0
DC trigger output (12V) 0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other) Dolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other) DTS-ES, DTS 96/24
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3
WMA
AAC
WAV
FLAC
ALAC
Other audio file formats AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W 60
Standby consumption, W 0.2
Removable power cord

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches 43.5 x 7 x 32.5/17x 2.7 x 12.6
Weight, kg/lbs 4/8.8

Other

Release year 2016

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