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Pioneer Adds Bluetooth-Streaming, 3D-Ready Receivers
The VSX-520-K and VSX-820-K feature HDMI 1.4, five channels of 110 watts, Dolby TrueHD and Pro Logic IIz, and iPhone certification.
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Pioneer’s VSX-520-K and VSX-820-K receivers include Bluetooth audio streaming, 3D capability, iPhone certification, room equalization, Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Dolby TrueHD.
March 03, 2010 by Robert Archer

Pioneer has introduced a line of 5.1 channel A/V receivers that can wirelessly transmit audio via Bluetooth.

The VSX-520-K and VSX-820-K are 3D ready with the inclusion of HDMI 1.4 and both have at least three HDMI inputs.

Other features:

  • Five channels of 110 watts
  • Processing for Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, Dolby Pro Logic IIz
  • Proprietary Pioneer audio technologies like Advanced Sound Retriever, Auto Level Control and Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration

“The addition of Bluetooth audio streaming allows consumers to keep their phones close to them to answer calls or select their next song without limitations of a wired connection to the receiver,” says Dave Bales, marketing manager of audio products for the home entertainment division of Pioneer. “Additionally, by equipping all models with HDMI 1.4, consumers can be assured that their Pioneer receiver is ready for future 3D home theater experiences.”

The VSX-820-K also has “Works with iPhone” certification, meaning the receiver will play back content on an iPhone, iPod and iPod Touch. An iPhone Control Button on the front panel of the VSX-820-K “transfers iPod navigation control and on-screen display from the A/V receiver’s remote control back to the connected Apple device.”

“We have a lot going on this year with the Bluetooth ... iPhone certification and not having the airplane mode popping up and Rhapsody,” Bales says. “We feel we also have the most robust audio enhancement [on the market] with Advanced Sound Retriever.”

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Robert Archer - Senior Editor, CE Pro
Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.

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