Pioneer VSX-522-K Review and Specs

Pioneer VSX-522-K (USA version)

SCORE:
20

Highlights

  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 1080p Passthrough
  • USB input

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Pioneer VSX-522-K Overview

Pioneer VSX-522-K was introduced in 2012. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 20 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

AMPLIFIER
35
VIDEO FEATURES
5
AUDIO FEATURES
20
CONNECTIVITY
15
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
13
RADIO
21
OVERALL
20

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 video signal passthrough and 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...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer VSX-522-K.

PROS
DSD via HDMI 👍
DTS Dialog Control 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Analog Pre-Outs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
CONS
No Dolby Atmos 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No DTS:X 👎
No DTS Neural:X 👎
No DTS Virtual:X 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 👎
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ 👎
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume 👎
No Audyssey LFC 👎
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT 👎
No HDR10 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Dynamic HDR 👎
No Dolby Vision 👎
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through 👎
No VRR 👎
No QFT 👎
No 4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👎
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling 👎
No MHL Input 👎
No DLNA 1.5 👎
No FireConnect 👎
No FlareConnect 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
No DTS Play-Fi 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No Ethernet 👎
No Wi-Fi 👎
No Bluetooth 👎
No eARC 👎
Few HDMI Inputs 👎
Few HDMI Outputs 👎
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs 👎
No Phono Input 👎
No Component Video Inputs 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Internet Radio 👎
No Pandora 👎
No Spotify 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer VSX-522-K has 5 channel amplifier and delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).


Video Features

The Receiver has 1080p passthrough.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-522-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.


Room Correction

Pioneer VSX-522-K comes with MCACC Auto room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Pioneer VSX-522-K has 4 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There are 2.1 (Surr Back/Front Height) channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has USB input.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer VSX-522-K.

BASICS
BrandPioneer
ModelVSX-522-K
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2012
AMPLIFIER
Channels5.1
Amplifier DesignDirect Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments Aureus
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo 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
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
Auto Level Control2 Channel
Dialog Enhancement
Dialogue Lift
Sound Retriever Advanced (2-Channel)
Sound Retriever AIR
Digital Noise Reduction
Tone Control Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Digital Filter Slow Mode
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 DSP
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers
Virtual Depth
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC Auto
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory1
Phase Control
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands5-Band
Symmetric EQ
X-Curve
Distance Adjustment0.1 Feet
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
PC Display
VIDEO
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup 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
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone via front USB
Remote App
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Outputs1
USB Input1 Front
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs3
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs1
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No
Composite Video Inputs2
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs
Component Video Outputs
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs2.1 (Surr Back/Front Height)
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones1
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
MISC
On-Screen DisplayComposite Video Only
AVNavigator
IP Control
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker Configuration
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote ControllerSystem Remote Control
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Presets30
Digital Radio
Internet Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals5
Large Speaker Terminals2
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Ceramic Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption415 W
Standby Power0.4 W
GENERAL
Auto Power Standby
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 168 mm x 342.5 mm
17-3/16" x 6-5/8" x 13-1/2"
Weight8.7 kg (19 lb 3 oz)
Warranty1 Year
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)80 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)140 W (1% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB
S/N Ratio (Line, EIA, at 1 W (1 kHz))79 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard
HDMI TerminalType A (19-pin)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 100 mA
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A
Extension Terminal
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1700 kHz

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

Successor

In 2013 Pioneer VSX-522-K was replaced by VSX-523-K. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-523-K Pioneer VSX-522-K
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/30p up to 1080p
DLNA 1.5
AirPlay AirPlay

DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-523-K Pioneer VSX-522-K
Less Channel Processing 5.1 7.1
Less Analog Pre-Outs 0.1 2.1 (Surr Back/Front Height)

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer VSX-523-K vs Pioneer VSX-522-K.

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