Pioneer VSX-528-K

Pioneer VSX-528 AV receiver

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"This 2013 model has been discontinued and we've now completely sold out. We are sorry, we can no longer provide you this receiver.

However the replacement is out. The VSX-529 updates and refreshes this unit with more features and better sound quality. Take a look!"

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The Pioneer VSX-528 keeps costs low by trimming back on the fat and providing a basic 5.1 AV receiver. As things go, most of us run 5.1 only anyway so there's a good arguement for saving money and keeping to a 5.1 receiver. But is there too much sacrifice?

By spending not a lot more you can get quite a bit better - we miss any form of auto set up and also video upscaling on this receiver, and a few more pounds will get you these features. And of course, 7.1 doesn't mean you have to run 7 speakers. You can bi-amp for better sound, or run another set of speakers in another room.

It's these limitations that make us wary about this receiver. However, if all you really want is 5.1 and nothing else, then this receiver does the job. It is with some surprise however that this receiver therefore comes with networking - albiet wired only - and the ability to use Bluetooth (with the addition of a dongle). For a receiver trying to keep costs low, it is an odd addition as it undoubtedly increases costs. Nonetheless, it is always good to be able to connect to the internet, particularly as it gives you access to the Pioneer Control App for your phone.

Sound quality is fair - it won't light up your world, but it isn't bad either. It pumps along and does the job, equally adept on movies and music although perhaps not quite as musical as the likes of Onkyo or Denon, a surprise for a Pioneer product. The room correction is missed here - it can sound flat in some rooms and overly harsh in others.

However, our overall impression is that if you are after basic here it is, and it works. We'd have loved to see a totally stripped back version, or perhaps no internet and room correction instead, but there is undoubtedly a market for this receiver - for the right person.

Tech Spec

General

Model VSX-528

Amplifier Section

Amplifier type Integrated
Maximum surround 5.1
Number of channels 5
Subwoofer pre-outs 1
Power rating at 6 ohms
Power per channel 130W
Total power rating 650W
Biamp capability No
Multiroom No
Tone Controls Loudness

Audio Section

Surround sound processing Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby True HD, DTS, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Set-up microphone No
Supports ARC (audio return channel) Yes
Audio formats AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, FLAC, MP3, WAV, WMA
THX certified? No

Video Section

Is it 3D? Yes
Stand-by pass through Yes
4K passthrough Yes

Tuner Section

Tuner AM, FM
Tuner features RDS
Tuner presets 30 in total

Inputs and Outputs

HDMI connections 6 in, (1 on front), 1 out
Composite connections 3 in, 1 out
USB connections 1, To playback from USB sticks, To playback from USB hard drives, To playback and charge iPods/iPhones
Optical connections 1 in
Digital Co-axial connections 1 in
Apple connections iPad, iPhone & iPod via USB
Bluetooth No, optional module available
Headphone output Yes, 6.3 mm

Networking

Is it Smart? Yes
Is it networkable? Yes, wired only
Internet services DLNA (stream from your own computer), Internet Radio, vTuner

Accessories

Remote Control Remote control included, Apple app available, Android app available
HDMI lead included? No

Measurements

Dimensions (W x H x D) 435 x 168 x 331.5 mm
Net weight 8.5 kg