Pioneer VSX-823-K vs Pioneer VSX-822-K Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
67
SCORE:
63

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-823-K to Pioneer VSX-822-K to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both receivers have 5 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Pioneer VSX-823-K Highlights

Pioneer VSX-822-K Highlights

  • 5.1 channels
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • USB input
  • 5.1 channels
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 1080p Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer VSX-823-K gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Pioneer VSX-823-K

Pioneer VSX-822-K

AMPLIFIER
70
VIDEO FEATURES
61
AUDIO FEATURES
67
CONNECTIVITY
74
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
51
RADIO
85
OVERALL
67
AMPLIFIER
70
VIDEO FEATURES
45
AUDIO FEATURES
68
CONNECTIVITY
73
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
50
RADIO
79
OVERALL
63

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Pioneer VSX-823-K

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-823-K over Pioneer VSX-822-K.

Only Pioneer VSX-823-K supports gapless playback and Spotify.

Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF WAV/FLAC
Gapless Playback
Digital Noise Reduction
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/30p up to 1080p
MHL Input 1 Front (Version 2.0)
Remote Controll App ControlApp
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, Composite Video USB, Composite Video
Spotify

Advantage of Pioneer VSX-822-K

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-823-K over Pioneer VSX-822-K.

Only Pioneer VSX-823-K supports gapless playback and Spotify.

Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
More Channel Processing 5.1 7.1
Dolby Pro Logic PLII PLIIz
More Analog Pre-Outs 0.1 2.1 (Surr Back/Front Height)

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
Dolby TrueHD 👍
Dolby Digital Plus 👍
Dolby Pro Logic 👍
Dolby Digital EX 👍
DTS Neo 👍
DTS-HD Master Audio 👍
DTS 96/24 👍
DTS Express 👍
DTS-ES 👍
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
DTS Dialog Control 👍
Sound Retriever 👍
Sound Retriever AIR 👍
Compressed Music Enhancer 👍
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. 👍
3-D Ready 👍
DLNA 1.5 👍
Ethernet 👍
Bluetooth 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Composite Video Outputs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Pandora 👍
WEAKNESSES
Not Certified 4 Ω Performance 👎
No Bi-amp Capability 👎
No Dolby Atmos 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No Dolby Surround Upmixer 👎
No DTS:X 👎
No DTS Neural:X 👎
No DTS Virtual:X 👎
No DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 👎
No High-resolution Music Enhancer 👎
No HDR10 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No BT.2020 color space 👎
No Dolby Vision 👎
No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) 👎
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No Wi-Fi 👎
No eARC 👎
Few HDMI Outputs 👎
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs 👎
No Phono Input 👎
No Component Video Inputs 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer VSX-823-K and Pioneer VSX-822-K have 5 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)


Video Features

Pioneer VSX-823-K supports 4K passthrough up to 30p and Pioneer VSX-822-K supports 1080p passthrough.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-823-K and Pioneer VSX-822-K is done by Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever. Hear the detail, warmth and clarity, the way the artist intended it, from all of your highly compressed MP3 and WMA files stored on USB, Smartphone and portable media players. By restoring data that tend to get lost in the digital compression process, Pioneers Advanced Sound Retriever Technology enhances audio reproduction all the way upto 20 Khz frequencies.


Connectivity


Pioneer VSX-823-K

Pioneer VSX-823-K can be connected to internet using ethernet cable. It can also connect to bluetooth devices[y] via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately). The Receiver supports[y] AirPlay. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has HDMI, USB and Composite Video inputs.

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Pioneer VSX-822-K

Pioneer VSX-822-K can be connected to internet using ethernet cable. It can also connect to bluetooth devices[y] via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately). The Receiver supports[y] AirPlay. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There are 2.1 (Surr Back/Front Height) channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has USB and Composite Video inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Pioneer VSX-823-K and here - Pioneer VSX-822-K.

BASICS Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
BrandPioneerPioneer
ModelVSX-823-KVSX-822-K
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSAUSA
Release Year20132012
AMPLIFIER Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
Channels5.15.1
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct EnergyDirect Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments AureusTexas Instruments Aureus
Maximum Channel Processing5.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFFWAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFFWAV/FLAC
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
Auto Level Control2 Channel2 Channel
Dialog Enhancement
Dialogue Lift
Sound Retriever Advanced (2-Channel) Advanced (2-Channel)
Sound Retriever AIR
Digital Noise Reduction
Tone Control Front L/R Channels Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Auto Surround
Optimum Surround
Advanced Surround9+1 Mode DSP9+1 Mode DSP
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers
Virtual Depth
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC Auto MCACC Auto
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory11
Phase Control
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands5-Band5-Band
Symmetric EQ
X-Curve
Distance Adjustment0.1 Feet0.1 Feet
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
PC Display
VIDEO Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/30pup to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Stream Smoother
Pure Cinema
Video Parameter Adjustments
Triple HD Noise Reduction
Super Resolution
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
MHL Input 1 Front (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad via front USB iPod, iPhone and iPad via front USB
Remote AppControlApp
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately) via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Input6 (1 front)6
HDMI Output11
USB Input1 Front1 Front
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input33
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In11
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 1 /
Composite Video Input3 (1 front)3 (1 front)
Composite Video Output11
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input
Component Video Output
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.12.1 (Surr Back/Front Height)
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Composite VideoUSB, Composite Video
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
Zones11
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 00 / 0
MISC Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
On-Screen DisplayNetwork GUI / Set-Up Text - HDMI OnlyNetwork GUI / Set-Up Text - HDMI Only
AVNavigator
IP Control for CI
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker Configuration
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote ControllerPreset Remote ControlPreset Remote Control
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Presets3030
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
Front PanelBrushedBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals55
Large Speaker Terminals55
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption450 W450 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.4 W
GENERAL Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
Auto Power Standby
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 168 mm x 331.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-5/8" x 13-1/16"
435 mm x 168 mm x 342.5 mm
17-3/16" x 6-5/8" x 13-1/2"
Weight8.5 kg (18 lb 12 oz)8.9 kg (19 lb 10 oz)
Warranty1 Year1 Year
SPECS Pioneer VSX-823-K Pioneer VSX-822-K
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.08% THD)80 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)140 W (1% THD)140 W (1% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB98 dB
S/N Ratio (Line, EIA, at 1 W (1 kHz))79 dB79 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
HDMI TerminalType A (19-pin)Type A (19-pin)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 100 mA5 V, 100 mA
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 2.1 AUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 2.1 A
adapterport Terminal5 V, 100 mA5 V, 100 mA
Extension Terminal
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108 MHz87.5 MHz - 108 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1700 kHz530 kHz - 1700 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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