Pioneer VSX-516-K A/V Receiver

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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.

Quick Glance

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

Manufacturer: Pioneer

Power Score: 4.3 | 12 Reviews

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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

Pioneer VSX-516

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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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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By skenyang - Dec 3, 2006

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