Pioneer VSX-516-K A/V Receiver

Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6, DTS-ES Discrete, Windows Media Audio 9 ProfessionalAM, FM - MPN: VSX516K
Product Details
Description
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
Expert Reviews
Pioneer VSX-516 Receiver Review
4 Star Review  audioholics.com - May 31, 2007

'Budget' is the difference between multiple zones and number and type of connections. Sure, amp quality and power handling is a factor as well, but for most of us, there isn't a receiver out there that can't push our 8-ohm speakers to ear bleeding levels. You may have to do with out the automatic room calibration but the majority of reports that I've read indicate that such technology isn't quite as refined as the manufacturers would have you believe. What does this boil down to? For many of us, it is possible to run around your home theater and count the number and types of connections and find a receiver that matches. Paying for additional zones and connection types (DVI, HDMI), scaling, upconverting, and other functionality may prevent premature obsolescence, but I know that for many, home theater equipment doesn't change for a very long time following a purchase.

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Pioneer VSX-516
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 6, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 5 expert reviews for Pioneer VSX-516 and the average expert rating is 85 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Excellent Quality -- Basic Features
5 Star Review   By member steevl - Feb 19, 2007   

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.

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Pioneer VSX-516
5 Star Review   By member Mt N - Jan 23, 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 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.

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Worth the money paid for
4 Star Review   By member Jeelet - Dec 28, 2006   

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.

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Acceptible but improvement needed Receiver
4 Star Review   By member guodongzgd - Dec 11, 2006   

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.

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The Best Receiver for Entry Level Player
4 Star Review   By member skenyang - Dec 3, 2006   

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 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.

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Awwsome Amp
4 Star Review   By member a21surf - Nov 30, 2006   

Strengths: Inputs and speakers out puts. WMA enabled sounds great too.

Weakness: does not tell u wat songs is on the radio like some of the new cars do. its a ccomplacated unit so taken a while to get to know it read the manual etc

I am enjoying the unit very much it was a big upgrade for. I only have 4 speakers so i am not immediately going to be able to use all of the functionality of the unit. but i know once i do i will still be as impressed as i am now. Thanks bestbuy

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Great Receiver for the $$
4 Star Review   By member mamipajami - Nov 27, 2006   

Strengths: Sounds great! Lots of different sound types (i.e. NEO and Virtual Surround) Powerful at 100watts per channel

Weakness: The remote is very small and the buttons are tiny. There is no HDMI input/output and only one optical input.

This receiver is very simple to use. It's menus and buttons are simple to figure out after you plug it in. It sounds great. If you can find this receiver for less than $150 it definitely worth it. For me, this receiver replaced a 5 year old Pioneer I had. I would not use this receiver in a home theater setup, only for a simple setup for a TV in a bedroom or just to power a simple 5.1 setup.

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Great Receiver
4 Star Review   By member cosperlee - Nov 27, 2006   

Strengths: It has enough power to drive 7.1 channel without distortion at maximum power supply. Remote it easy to use

Weakness: It has no preamp signal for the other channels except the subwoofer

Within this price range, it is a good deal comparing with other products. I used VSX-D514 for two years and get this one for another room. This one works not only as well as the old one, but also has more features than the old model.

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Excellent reciever for the money
5 Star Review   By member gkaste - Nov 21, 2006   

Strengths: Great speaker options including 2.0 to 7.1 setups, A/B zones, and biamping.

Weakness: Short on some features, especally video switching.

Great sound quality with lots of speaker options for about any configuration you can come up with. Setting up the unit is easy, everything in guided through displays on the unit. The remote is small and could be a lot better. There are several RCA video inputs, and 2 component. This will be plenty for most people, but s-video would have been nice as well, as would front video inputs. Overall this is a great receiver, 9 out of 10, and hands down the best you can do on a budget.

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Pioneer VSX-516-K
5 Star Review   By member pnosker - Jul 26, 2006   

Strengths: Motorola DSP Sound Quality 7.1 INPUTS!!!

Weakness: Small, crowded remote

This pioneer receiver is in addition to my Sony 6.1 and Pioneer VSX-812-k. The sound quality is above the sony but below the other pioneer. I would say that it is a great value because of its low price and DTS-ES and DD-EX capabilities as well as a great DSP from Motorola.

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Product Details
Description
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
Summary
Product Title Pioneer VSX-516-K A/V Receiver
Manufacturer Pioneer
Power Score 4.3 | 12 Reviews
General
Color: Black
Dimensions
Height: 6.2 in
Weight: 19.81 lbs
Width: 16.5 in
Depth: 13.9 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Number of RCA Stereo Inputs: 5
Number of Analog Audio Input: 3
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): 1%
Dimensions: 6.22" Height x 16.54" Width x 13.88" Depth
Watts Center: 100 W/channel
Number of Digital Optical Inputs: 1
Output: A/V (RCA Composite), Component Video, Variable/Fixed Audio
General Features: On Screen Display (OSD)
Audio DAC: 192 kHz - 24 bit
Number of Digital Coaxial Inputs: 2
Number of Digital Coaxial Input: 2
Number of Video Outputs: 2
Watts Per Channel (Rear): 100 W/channel
Number of Video Inputs: 3
Remote Control: Universal Remote
Number of RCA Stereo Outputs: 2
Virtual Surround Sound Technology: DTS Neo:6, Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
Input: A/V (Composite), Audio - Digital Coaxial, Audio - Digital Optical, Audio - Line In (RCA), Audio - Multichannel RCA (Decoded), Component Video
Analog to Digital Audio Converter: 96 kHz - 3 Byte
Standby Power Consumption: 500 mW
Number of Digital Optical Input: 1
Multi Channel In: Yes
RMS Output Power: 100 W
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
Watts Per Channel (Main): 100 W/channel
Digital to Analog Audio Converter: 192 kHz - 3 Byte
Expert Reviews
Pioneer VSX-516 Receiver Review
4 Star Review  audioholics.com - May 31, 2007

'Budget' is the difference between multiple zones and number and type of connections. Sure, amp quality and power handling is a factor as well, but for most of us, there isn't a receiver out there that can't push our 8-ohm speakers to ear bleeding levels. You may have to do with out the automatic room calibration but the majority of reports that I've read indicate that such technology isn't quite as refined as the manufacturers would have you believe. What does this boil down to? For many of us, it is possible to run around your home theater and count the number and types of connections and find a receiver that matches. Paying for additional zones and connection types (DVI, HDMI), scaling, upconverting, and other functionality may prevent premature obsolescence, but I know that for many, home theater equipment doesn't change for a very long time following a purchase.

Read the full review »

Pioneer VSX-516
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 6, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 5 expert reviews for Pioneer VSX-516 and the average expert rating is 85 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Excellent Quality -- Basic Features
5 Star Review   By member steevl - Feb 19, 2007   

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.

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Pioneer VSX-516
5 Star Review   By member Mt N - Jan 23, 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 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.

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Worth the money paid for
4 Star Review   By member Jeelet - Dec 28, 2006   

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.

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Acceptible but improvement needed Receiver
4 Star Review   By member guodongzgd - Dec 11, 2006   

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.

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The Best Receiver for Entry Level Player
4 Star Review   By member skenyang - Dec 3, 2006   

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 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.

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Awwsome Amp
4 Star Review   By member a21surf - Nov 30, 2006   

Strengths: Inputs and speakers out puts. WMA enabled sounds great too.

Weakness: does not tell u wat songs is on the radio like some of the new cars do. its a ccomplacated unit so taken a while to get to know it read the manual etc

I am enjoying the unit very much it was a big upgrade for. I only have 4 speakers so i am not immediately going to be able to use all of the functionality of the unit. but i know once i do i will still be as impressed as i am now. Thanks bestbuy

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Great Receiver for the $$
4 Star Review   By member mamipajami - Nov 27, 2006   

Strengths: Sounds great! Lots of different sound types (i.e. NEO and Virtual Surround) Powerful at 100watts per channel

Weakness: The remote is very small and the buttons are tiny. There is no HDMI input/output and only one optical input.

This receiver is very simple to use. It's menus and buttons are simple to figure out after you plug it in. It sounds great. If you can find this receiver for less than $150 it definitely worth it. For me, this receiver replaced a 5 year old Pioneer I had. I would not use this receiver in a home theater setup, only for a simple setup for a TV in a bedroom or just to power a simple 5.1 setup.

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Great Receiver
4 Star Review   By member cosperlee - Nov 27, 2006   

Strengths: It has enough power to drive 7.1 channel without distortion at maximum power supply. Remote it easy to use

Weakness: It has no preamp signal for the other channels except the subwoofer

Within this price range, it is a good deal comparing with other products. I used VSX-D514 for two years and get this one for another room. This one works not only as well as the old one, but also has more features than the old model.

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Excellent reciever for the money
5 Star Review   By member gkaste - Nov 21, 2006   

Strengths: Great speaker options including 2.0 to 7.1 setups, A/B zones, and biamping.

Weakness: Short on some features, especally video switching.

Great sound quality with lots of speaker options for about any configuration you can come up with. Setting up the unit is easy, everything in guided through displays on the unit. The remote is small and could be a lot better. There are several RCA video inputs, and 2 component. This will be plenty for most people, but s-video would have been nice as well, as would front video inputs. Overall this is a great receiver, 9 out of 10, and hands down the best you can do on a budget.

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Pioneer VSX-516-K
5 Star Review   By member pnosker - Jul 26, 2006   

Strengths: Motorola DSP Sound Quality 7.1 INPUTS!!!

Weakness: Small, crowded remote

This pioneer receiver is in addition to my Sony 6.1 and Pioneer VSX-812-k. The sound quality is above the sony but below the other pioneer. I would say that it is a great value because of its low price and DTS-ES and DD-EX capabilities as well as a great DSP from Motorola.

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