The VSX-516-K was designed for a small to medium sized home theater. With 700 watts total system power, the 516 will a drive a full-blown 7.1 speaker array and a 6.1 Dolby Digital EX or DTS-ES soundtrack all over your living room. If you don't need or want or can't have 7.1 speakers and are happy with a 5.1 system; no worries, go ahead and use the 2 extra surround-back amplifiers to help drive your main front left and right speakers. That's an extra 200 watts up front! With more and more music going into PC's, laptops, and portable devices, you might want some of that music played through the 'big system in the living room. The VSX-516-K knows you're coming and has a new, very cool DSP (digital signal processing) technique called Sound Retriever to help bring CD quality to compressed audio formats.
Sound Supported: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6, DTS-ES Discrete
Supported Audio Channels: 7.1 Channels
THD at Rated RMS Power (Unbridged): 1%
Total Power: 100 W/channel
Green Compliance: yes
Interface Connection: 3 x Audio In, 2 x Coaxial Digital Audio In, 1 x Digital/Optical Audio Line In, 2 x Component Video In, 1 x Component Video Out, 1 x Headphone, AC Out, Composite Video In, Composite Video Out, Multi-channel In, Pre-amplifier Line Out, 3 x A/V In, 1 x Audio Out, 1 x A/V Out, 1 x Video Out
Audio Video Connectors: Component Video Yes, Composite Video Yes, Digital Coaxial x 2, Digital Optical x 1
Product Title: Pioneer VSX-516-K A/V Receiver
Power Score: 4.3 | 12 Reviews
Height: 6.2 in
Width: 16.5 in
Depth: 13.9 in
Weight: 19.81 lbs
Warranty Information: 1 Year
URL: Manufacturer Link
General Features: On Screen Display (OSD)
Input: A/V (Composite), Audio - Digital Coaxial, Audio - Digital Optical, Audio - Line In (RCA), Audio - Multichannel RCA (Decoded), Component Video
Output: A/V (RCA Composite), Component Video, Variable/Fixed Audio
Remote Control: Universal Remote
Watts Center: 100 W/channel
Watts Per Channel (Main): 100 W/channel
Watts Per Channel (Rear): 100 W/channel
Audio DAC: 192 kHz - 24 bit
Number of RCA Stereo Inputs: 5
Number of RCA Stereo Outputs: 2
Number of Digital Coaxial Inputs: 2
Number of Digital Optical Inputs: 1
Number of Video Inputs: 3
Number of Video Outputs: 2
Virtual Surround Sound Technology: DTS Neo:6, Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
Dimensions: 6.22" Height x 16.54" Width x 13.88" Depth
Frequency Band: FL Dimmer On-Screen Display Quick Setup Operation Dialog Enhancement Auto Surround 9 Modes Advanced Surround Midnight Listening Mode Virtual Surround Back Mode
Standby Power Consumption: 500 mW
RMS Output Power: 100 W
Digital to Analog Audio Converter: 192 kHz - 3 Byte
Number of Analog Audio Input: 3
Number of Digital Coaxial Input: 2
Number of Digital Optical Input: 1
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): 1%
Analog to Digital Audio Converter: 96 kHz - 3 Byte
Multi Channel In: Yes
Product Reviews (12)
Excellent Quality -- Basic Features
Strengths: Easy set up, 7.1, nice power, great price.
Weakness: Lack of HDMI and S-Video switching; remote is a bit crowded and confusing.
This unit is an excellent choice for a beginner/intermediate setup. It lacks some features expected in the latest units (HDMI, etc), but I suspect that is why great deals can be found on the VSX-516. It has the clean power of some of the higher-end units without all the bells and whistles. If you don't need them, this model is a great choice! Setup is quite easy and it is fairly user-friendly.
By steevl - Feb 19, 2007
Strengths: Affordable, many feature modes, clear sound
Weakness: Remote, lack of HDMI/DVI
I purchased this receiver mainly because its cheap price due to a rebate that was available at that time, around $150 after rebate. Setting up the receiver was quick, around five minutes tops since I had some banana plugs available. After that, I tested the system and I can feel that it sounds way better compared to my Sony home theater receiver that I owned over two years now. The sound it...
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I purchased this receiver mainly because its cheap price due to a rebate that was available at that time, around $150 after rebate. Setting up the receiver was quick, around five minutes tops since I had some banana plugs available. After that, I tested the system and I can feel that it sounds way better compared to my Sony home theater receiver that I owned over two years now. The sound it produces is crisp and clear and features many sound effects. The only flaw that I can see from this purchase is that the remote is too small and badly designed. Another flaw is that the receiver does not have any HDMI/DVI but again with this price I paid for it, I cannot complain for a minor lose.
By Mt N - Jan 23, 2007
Worth the money paid for
Strengths: Inexpensive,plenty of power
Weakness: Display not viewable from a distance
I paid around ~$100 for this receiver. Considering the power and 5.1 I think it was worth its money. Don't compare this with any high end receiver its a budget receiver.
By Jeelet - Dec 28, 2006
Acceptible but improvement needed Receiver
Strengths: Great sound, Good design, Cool looking.
Weakness: A bit expesinsive, Heavy, Small remote. No karaoke system.
I have used this item for nearly 20 days. So far I am satisfied with its quality. The design looks great but a bit heavy and big. Neither FM nor karaoke system come with this receiver, I have to get them by myself. It can not output over 100 W per channel, this is another obvious weakness.
By guodongzgd - Dec 11, 2006
The Best Receiver for Entry Level Player
Strengths: Solid, well-function, and easy to use
Weakness: Sound output limits to only 100W/chanel
I have been using this receiver for 2 weeks and feel satisfied with it. The price of it is reasonable compared to other brands products, such as Onkyo and Yamaha. However, after watching more than 10 DVDs on it, I would like to say it is the best one I ever used for entry level receiver. The sound quality applied to Yamaha 5.1 channel speakers is outstanding. The manual is easy understanding for...
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I have been using this receiver for 2 weeks and feel satisfied with it. The price of it is reasonable compared to other brands products, such as Onkyo and Yamaha. However, after watching more than 10 DVDs on it, I would like to say it is the best one I ever used for entry level receiver. The sound quality applied to Yamaha 5.1 channel speakers is outstanding. The manual is easy understanding for me. I do not like its apparent design because it looks like a stupid machine and is big and heavy. It does not come with antenna for FM, so I have to get one myself. Finally, it can not output over 100 W per channel, so I can not use it for 150 W floor speakers. That's why I said it is only for entry level users.
By skenyang - Dec 3, 2006