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Pioneer Black 5.1 Channel AV Receiver - VSX-523-K

Abt Model: VSX523 | UPC Code: 884938206143
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Pioneer Black 5.1 Channel AV Receiver, Model VSX523

The Pioneer VSX-523 5.1 Channel AV Receiver is the perfect choice for anyone looking to break into the world of home theater systems without breaking the bank.

Precise, Powerful Surround Sound Receiver

This Pioneer receiver might be considered entry-level, but you'd never know that from the sound it delivers. Five discrete channels each put out 80 watts @ 8 ohms, bringing all of your favorite movies to life. Dolby TrueHD processing creates a truly lossless audio signal, so you can match unfettered audio to a large screen HDTV and enjoy cinematic masterpieces exactly as the creators intended. If you’re worried about properly setting up your first audio receiver, there's no need. Thanks to the Pioneer MCACC System, the VSX-523 receiver can self-calibrate, ensuring every speaker in the system sounds its best.

Connections For All of Your Devices

While perfect for a starter 5.1 surround sound system, the Pioneer VSX-523 also offers advanced connectivity, letting you expand your entertainment options without outgrowing your receiver. Four HDMI inputs let you connect a cable box, blu-ray player, video-game system and more. The VSX-523 receiver HDMI inputs feature pass-through for both 3D and 4K UHDTV signals, keeping it compatible with evolving television standards. And a USB port on the front lets you easily listen to all of your digital music files through your home theater speakers. Simply plug in a flash drive or connect iPod to receiver, and the VSX-523 will decode and play any MP3, WMA or AAC files.

Key Features:

  • 80 Watts Power Output Per Channel (20Hz-20kHz,.08%THD@8ohm)
  • 5 – Channel Discrete Amplifier Design
  • 3D and 4K Ultra HD Pass-through
  • iPhone® 5 & iPad® Mini USB Audio Input
  • MCACC Automation Room Calibration
  • 4 HDMI® Inputs



  • Channels: 5
  • Amplification Type: Direct Energy
  • 140 W/ch (6 ohms 1 kHz 1 % 1ch Driven)
  • 80 W/ch (20 Hz – 20 kHz, THD 0.08 % @ 8 ohms FTC)


  • Dolby® TrueHD®/Pro Logic® IIz/Dolby Digital® Plus
  • DTS-HD® Master Audio/DTS Neo:6
  • Digital Core Engine with Texas Instruments Aureus® DSP
  • 192 kHz/24-bit DAC
  • HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)
  • Pioneer Auto MCACC® Room Calibration
  • Pioneer Sound Enhancements
    • Phase Control
    • Advanced Sound Retriever® (2ch)
    • Auto Level Control (2ch)
  • Advanced Surround Modes
    • Action, Drama, Advanced Game, Sports, Classical, Rock/Pop
    • Front Stage Surround, Extended Stereo
    • Phones Surround
    • ECO Mode 1, ECO Mode 2


  • HDMI 4 in/1 out
  • 3D Ready (Blu-ray DiscTM, Broadcast, and Games)
  • Deep Color (36-bit), x.v. ColorTM
  • Ultra HD (4K) Pass-Through


  • iPod® Digital Transmission via Front USB Terminal
  • Charges iPod and iPhone
  • Music File Playback via USB (MP3, WMA, AAC)
  • On Screen Display (Analog only)
  • Auto Power Down
  • Power Save for HDMI Standby Through
  • AM/FM Tuner 30 Presets
  • Sleep Timer
  • Remote Control


Rear Terminals

  • HDMI 4 in/1 out
  • AV (Composite) 2 in
  • Audio 1 in (assignable)
  • Digital Coaxial 1 in (assignable)
  • Digital Optical 1 in (assignable)
  • Monitor Composite 1 out
  • Preout 1 SW out
  • Speaker 5 ch out

Front Terminals

  • USB 1 in for iPod and iPhone, or USB drive
  • MCACC Setup MIC in
  • Headphone 1 out


  • Power Requirements: AC 120 V 60 Hz
  • Power Consumption/Standby: 415 W/0.1 W

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 6.63"
  • Width: 17.13"
  • Depth: 13.06"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 18.25 lbs
  • Shipping: 22 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 2 Year Parts and Labor
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Key Features
80 Watts Per Channel Output At 8 Ohm/ Discrete Amplifier Design/ 3D And 4K Ultra HD Pass-Through/ iPhone 5 And iPad Mini USB Audio Input/ MCACC Automation Room Calibration/ 4 HDMI Inputs/ Dolby TrueHD And DTS-HD Master Audio Decoding/ Deep Color (36-Bit)/ x.v. Color/ HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)/ Digital Core Engine With Texas Instruments Aureus DSP/ 192 kHz/24-Bit DAC/ Black Finish
More reasons to buy the Pioneer VSX-523-K from Abt Electronics
  • Abt.com is an authorized dealer (Learn More).
  • The Pioneer VSX-523-K is Brand New.
  • The Pioneer VSX-523-K Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
  • Abt ships this product for free!
Apple AirPlayNo
Watts Per Channel80
AM/FM PresetYes
Bluetooth CompatibilityNo
Satellite Radio ReadyNo
3D ReadyYes
iPod CompatibilityYes
Decoders/EncodersDolby TrueHD/Pro Logic IIz/Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio/DTS Neo:6
Input ConnectorsHDMI, Composite, Coaxial, Optical, Analog Audio, USB
Output ConnectorsHDMI, Monitor Composite, Preout, Headphone
THX CertificationNo
Number of HDMI Outputs1
USB Ports1
Weight (lbs)18.25
Parts Warranty2 Years
Labor Warranty2 Years


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