Pioneer VSX-824-K

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    Highlights

    • 5.2 Channels
    • 5.1 Channel Processing
    • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough
    • Bluetooth, Ethernet

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    1. Overview

    Pioneer VSX-824-K was introduced in 2014. 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/60Hz video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 68 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
    71
    Audio Features
    67
    Video Features
    66
    Connectivity
    73
    Zones
    55
    Radio
    85
    OVERALL
    68

    For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluation section.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer VSX-824-K.

    PROs

    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   Bluetooth
    •   USB Input
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify

    CONs

    •   Few Channels - 5.2
    •   Low Power Output - 80 W
    •   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 HDR10
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No Dolby Vision
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   1 HDMI Outputs
    •   0 8K Input
    •   Few RCA Line Inputs
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Zones
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Tidal

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Wi-Fi
    •   6 HDMI Inputs

    3. Pioneer 2014 Lineup

    In 2014 Pioneer released 11 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Pioneer 2014 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsImmersive AudioZones Price
    SC-89 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.211.2Dolby Atmos4
    SC-87 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.211.2Dolby Atmos4
    SC-85 Image cannot be found 9.2135 W9.211.2Dolby Atmos4
    SC-82 Image cannot be found 7.2130 W7.19.24
    SC-81 Image cannot be found 7.2120 W7.12.23
    VSX-80 Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.12.23
    VSX-44 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.12
    VSX-1124-K Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.12.23
    VSX-1024-K Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.12
    VSX-824-K Image cannot be found 5.280 W5.11
    VSX-524-K Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.11

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Pioneer SC-89 vs SC-87 vs SC-85 vs SC-82 vs SC-81 vs VSX-80.

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    4. Changes from the VSX-823-K

    Pioneer VSX-824-K has replaced VSX-823-K. Here we present differences between these two models.

    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
    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-824-K vs VSX-823-K.

    5. Amplifier

    5 channel Discrete Direct Energy Amplifier

    Pioneer VSX-824-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).

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels5.2
      Power Output80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct Energy
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability

      6. Speaker Configurations

      Pioneer VSX-824-K's 5 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

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

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      7. HDMI

      Pioneer VSX-824-K features 6 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
        4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
        4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit) video signal.
      • 3D Ready: Pioneer VSX-824-K is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.


      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      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/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
      4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
      4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
      Video Signal Upscaling

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      8. Room Calibration

      Pioneer VSX-824-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.

      9. 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: 2   Outputs: 1

      Front A/V Inputs

      • HDMI, USB
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs1
      8K Inputs
      USB Input1 Front
      USB DC Out Port1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
      Optical Inputs1
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs1
      RCA Line Inputs3
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs0.2
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs2
      Composite Video Outputs1
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs
      Component Video Outputs

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      10. Evaluation

      We evaluate Pioneer VSX-824-K and give score of 68 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


      OVERALL
      68

      Amplifier

      GOOD
      71

      We give Pioneer VSX-824-K a score of 71 for Amplifier features.

      •   Few Channels - 5.2
      •   Low Power Output - 80 W

      Audio Features

      AVERAGE
      67

      We give Pioneer VSX-824-K a score of 67 for Audio Features features.

      •   Few Channels - 5.2
      •   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
      •   DSD via HDMI

      Video Features

      AVERAGE
      66

      We give Pioneer VSX-824-K a score of 66 for Video Features features.

      •   No HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No Dolby Vision
      •   No 8K Passthrough

      Connectivity

      GOOD
      73

      We give Pioneer VSX-824-K a score of 73 for Connectivity features.

      •   No eARC
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   6 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet

      Zones

      AVERAGE
      55

      We give Pioneer VSX-824-K a score of 55 for Zones features.

      •   No Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      85

      We give Pioneer VSX-824-K a score of 85 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   No Tidal

      11. Replaced by VSX-830-K

      In 2015 Pioneer VSX-824-K was replaced by Pioneer VSX-830-K. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Pioneer VSX-824-K and its successor.

      UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-830-K vs Pioneer VSX-824-K
      Bi-amp capability Front vs
      DTS-HD High Resolution Audio vs
      DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 vs
      DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input vs 2-ch Input
      Auto Level Control Multi-Channel vs 2 Channel
      Dialog Enhancement vs
      Sound Retriever Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC) vs Advanced (2-Channel)
      Virtual Speakers (Surround Back/Height/Wide) vs
      Manual MCACC vs
      Higher MCACC Memory 6 vs 1
      Auto Phase Control Plus vs
      Standing Wave Control vs
      More EQ Bands 9-Band vs 5-Band
      X-Curve vs
      Distance Adjustment 1/2 Inch vs 0.1 Feet
      Polarity Check vs
      Auto Subwoofer Crossover vs
      Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K vs
      Analog To HDMI Upconversion Composite vs
      Video Parameter Adjustments vs
      Super Resolution vs
      Wi-Fi vs via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
      Bluetooth vs via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
      Speaker A/B vs
      On-Screen Display Icon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) vs Network GUI / Set-Up Text - HDMI Only
      AVNavigator Built-in vs
      Versatile Speaker Configuration 5.2 ch Front Bi-amp vs
      Function Rename vs
      More Presets 63 vs 30
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 100 dB vs 98 dB
      DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-830-K vs Pioneer VSX-824-K
      USB DC Out Port vs 1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
      Less RCA Line Inputs 2 vs 3
      Front A/V Inputs USB vs HDMI, USB
      adapterport vs

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      For the complete list of specifications please go to the next page:

      Discussion

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