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Pioneer VSX-823-K (USA version)

SCORE:
66

Highlights

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

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Overview

Pioneer VSX-823-K was introduced in 2013. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 4K/30Hz video signal.

We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 66 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
70
VIDEO FEATURES
59
AUDIO FEATURES
65
CONNECTIVITY
74
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
51
RADIO
85
OVERALL
66

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer VSX-823-K.

PROS
  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  New HDCP Version
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  Ethernet
  Bluetooth
  USB Input
  Composite Video Inputs
  Zones
  Analog Tuner
  Pandora
  Spotify
CONS
  5.1 Channel Processing
  No Dolby Atmos
  No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  No DTS:X
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  No eARC
  No HDR10
  No HDR10+
  No Dolby Vision
  No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling
  No Chromecast Built-In
  Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
  No Wi-Fi
  Few HDMI Outputs
  Few 8K Inputs
  Few Analog Audio Line Inputs
  No Phono Input
  No Analog Pre-Outs
  No Tidal

Predecessor

Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-823-K to its predecessor VSX-822-K and displaying the major changes.

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

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

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer VSX-823-K vs Pioneer VSX-822-K.

Audio Section

5 channel Discrete Direct Energy Amplifier

Pioneer VSX-823-K features 5 channel power amplifier with Discrete Direct Energy design. It is rated at 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

    Speaker Configurations

    Pioneer VSX-823-K's 5 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

    • Configurations: Available configurations are:
    • 5.1 with internal amplifier.

    Sound Processing

    • Advanced Sound Retriever: Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-823-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 Calibration

    Pioneer VSX-823-K comes with MCACC Auto room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

    • MCACC: Pioneer’s exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) delivers an easy-to-use, automatic sound adjustment system to precision-tune your Pioneer and Pioneer Elite receivers with minimal effort. Every MCACC system comes with a microphone to measure and analyze reverb characteristics. The equalizer optimally adjusts sound parameters to fit the size and shape of your home environment while maintaining the integrity of high-resolution playback without any degradation to the quality of your music.

    Video Section

    HDMI

    Pioneer VSX-823-K features 6 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

    • 4K/30Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/30p video signal.
    • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
    • 3D Ready: Pioneer VSX-823-K is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

    Inputs and Outputs

    Audio

    • Analog Line Inputs: There are 3 line inputs for analog audio connection.
    • Digital Inputs: 1 optical input and 1 coaxial input are available for digital audio connection.
    • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

    Video

    • HDMI:
    • Inputs: 6 (1 front)   Outputs: 1
      8K Inputs: 0
    • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
    • Inputs: 3   Outputs: 1
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    Specifications

    Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer VSX-823-K.

    BASICS
    BrandPioneer
    ModelVSX-823-K
    TypeA/V Receiver
    CountryUSA
    Release Year2013
    AMPLIFIER
    Channels5.1
    AmplifierDiscrete Direct Energy
    THX™ Certification
    Continuous 6 Ω Rated
    Certified 4 Ω Performance
    Bi-amp Capability
    AUDIO
    Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments Aureus
    DAC Specs192 kHz/24 Bit
    Maximum Channel Processing5.1
    Air Studios Monitor Certification
    Dolby Atmos
    Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    Dolby Atmos Music
    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, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF
    High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
    High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF
    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
    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 Subwoofer Outputs
    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
    Enhanced ARC
    HDCP Version2.2
    HDR10
    HDR10+
    Dynamic HDR
    Dolby Vision
    HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
    BT.2020 color space
    QMS (Quick Media Switching)
    ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
    VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
    QFT (Quick Frame transport)
    3-D Ready
    Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/30p
    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 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
    Apple Product Connection 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)
    HDBaseT Compatible
    HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)
    HDMI Outputs1
    8K Inputs
    USB Input1 Front
    USB DC Out Port
    Analog Audio Line Input3
    Analog Audio Line Output
    Phono Input
    Optical Inputs1
    Optical Outputs
    Coaxial Inputs1
    Composite Video Input3 (1 front)
    Composite Video Output1
    S-Video Input
    S-Video Output
    Component Video Input
    Component Video Output
    PC In
    Multi-Channel Input
    Analog Pre-Outs0.1
    XLR Inputs
    XLR Pre-outs
    Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Composite Video
    Speaker A/B
    Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
    ZONES
    Zones1
    RS-232C Interface
    +12V Trigger Output
    Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
    MISC
    On-Screen DisplayNetwork GUI / Set-Up Text - HDMI Only
    Multi-Zone On-Screen Display
    AVNavigator
    IP Control for CI
    PreAmp Mode
    Versatile Speaker Configuration
    FL Dimmer
    Function Rename
    Remote ControllerPreset Remote Control
    Detachable Power Cord
    adapterport
    RADIO
    Analog Tuner FM/AM
    Presets30
    Digital Radio
    Internet Radio vTuner
    Pandora
    Spotify
    Tidal
    Deezer
    Napster
    SiriusXM Internet Radio
    CONSTRUCTION
    Front PanelBrushed
    Solid Aluminum Front
    Speaker Terminals5
    Large Speaker Terminals5
    Color-Coded 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 Consumption450 W
    Standby Power0.1 W
    GENERAL
    ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
    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"
    Weight8.5 kg (18 lb 12 oz)
    Warranty1 Year
    SPECS
    Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 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 Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
    Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
    HDMI TerminalType A (19-pin)
    HDMI Output Type5 V, 100 mA
    HDMI Input/MHL Terminal5 V, 900 mA
    USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 2.1 A
    adapterport Terminal5 V, 100 mA
    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 2014 Pioneer VSX-823-K was replaced by VSX-824-K. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


    UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-824-K vs Pioneer VSX-823-K
    More Channels 5.2 vs 5.1
    Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF
    High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF
    Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 96 kHz/24 bit vs
    DSD to PCM Converter vs
    Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
    4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
    4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
    vs up to 4K/30p
    Wi-Fi via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately) vs
    USB DC Out Port 1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A) vs

    DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-824-K vs Pioneer VSX-823-K
    Dolby Digital EX vs
    DTS-ES vs
    Less Composite Video Inputs 2 vs 3 (1 front)
    Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB vs HDMI, USB, Composite Video

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer VSX-823-K vs Pioneer VSX-824-K.

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