Pioneer Debuts 3D Capable, HDMI 1.4 Compatible Entry Level Receivers 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Monday, 01 March 2010

Usually an entry level receiver sacrifices something big, especially in the sub $300 range.  Pioneer’s new entry levels though, are incredibly capable for the price. Pioneer’s new receiver line won’t rank high on the list of receivers for audiophiles.  It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles and it’s not going to blow any minds.  For the price range it’s in though, they’re pretty beefy receivers.

The VSX-520-K is a 5.1 channel receiver that pumps out 110 watts per channel.   It’s got three HDMI 1.4 inputs, making it 3D ready and forwards compatible with upcoming components.   It’s Bluetooth ready, though you’ll have to pick up an adapter, and it decodes the latest HD audio formats, including Dolby ProLogic IIz.  

Pioneer’s VSX-820-K is similar in specs. It’s got the same Advanced Sound Retriever designed to clean up MP3s, and the same Auto Leveling Control, but adds MCACC auto-calibration.  It also gives you an on screen display and an extra HDMI input to boot.
The VSX-520-K and 820-K release this month.  The 520 sells for only $229, while the 820 will cost you $299.

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