The Good:Pioneer VSX-823-K(at street price $400) has fine feature set, having6 HDMI inputs, also including front-panel MHL-compatible input. It also provides sound quality which is above-average.
The Bad:The competing Sony’s STR-DN840 provides built-inWi-Fi, Bluetooth and AirPlayat $50 more. The other AV receivers which are networked offer extra streaming services, likeSiriusXMand Spotify. Included warranty is for a year only.
The Bottom Line: Pioneer VSX-823-K tends to be good package for fans of AirPlay looking for many HDMI connectivity, thoughthis falls short over wireless features as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Where to Buy?
- Addtional features: Graphical User Interface (GUI)ECO ModeiPhone compatibleiPad compatibleiPad Mini compatibleControl AppHTC ConnectiTunes Album ArtMulti-Channel Acoustic Calibration Circuit (MCACC)Sound Retriever AIRMidnight Mode
- Connectivity: EthernetMHL (Mobile High-Definition Link)Bluetooth ready, adapter sold separately
- AirPlay: AirPlay built-in
- Product type : Network AV receiver
- Amplifier output details: 80 Watt -8 Ohm – 20 – 20000 Hz – THD0.08 % – 5 channel(s)6 Ohm – THD1.0 % – 5 channel(s)
Full Product Specifications:
|Number of Part||VSX-823-K|
|Dimensions||17.125 in x 13.625 in x 6.625 in|
|Type of Product||Network receiverAV|
|Networking & Digital Media||Internet Streaming Services||Pandora, vTuner|
|Connectivity||Ethernet ,MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) ,Bluetooth ready, adapter sold separately|
|Audio features||Surround Sound Effects||Front Stage Surround Advance,
Headphone Surround (V.S.S.)
|Built-in Decoders||Dolby True HD,Dolby Digital Plus,Dolby Pro Logic IIz,DTS-HD Master Audio|
|Digital Sound Processor (DSP)||Yes|
|Input Sensitivity||200 mV|
|Input Impedance||47 KOhm|
|Audio D/A Converter||24bit / 192kHz|
|Amplifier Output Details||80 Watt,8 Ohm – 20 – 20000 Hz – THD 0.08 % 5 channel(s),6 Ohm – THD 1.0 % – 5 channel(s)|
|Sound Output Mode||Surround Sound|
|Signal Processing||The HDMI features||Audio return channel (ARC) ,
4K pass through ,Standby pass-through
x.v.Color,Deep Color ,
Supports 3D video
|Outputs and Inputs||Connectors HD||HDMI connection on the receiver do make it great choice regarding home theater of High-Def. A cable carries the digital audio as well as video data just directly to the display.|
|Connections||1xUSB 2.0(4 pin USB Type A)-Front,
1xHeadphones-Front1xMonitor output(RCA phono)-Rear,
1xSubwoofer output(RCA phono)-Rear,
1xSPDIF input(RCA phono)-Rear,
1xComposite video input(RCA phono)-Front,
1xHDMI input(19 pin HDMI Type A)-Front
|Miscellaneous||Built-in clock||Sleep timer|
|Accessories||remote control type||Standard|
|accessories included||FM antenna, Universal remote control
Auto calibration microphone,
Pitch for the VSX-823-K is straightforward: 6 HDMI inputs as well as Airplay which is built-inand that’s mostly worth mentioning. This isa lot of HDMI connectivity compared to the similar Denon AVR-E300which is AirPlay-equipped at $400.
Where VSX-823-K lacks is the wireless connectivity. There is no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi or Bluetooth built-in and adding such features afterwards is pricey.Pioneer chargesabove $100 for everyseparate accessory.
Design: Boxy And Black
Itappears asevery other bulky and big AV receiverin market. The 2 large knobs give it symmetrical feel. Like most other receivers, it also has some buttons on front-panel that you’ll never useprobably.
VSX-823-K comes with a bad remote like all other AV receivers. Some things it has which happen to be just right, e.g. big buttons in white for volume, though it is brimming with many unnecessary buttons.
VSX-823-K has solid mix for the price where features are concerned.
Its 6 HDMI inputs happen to bean additional input compared to what could be acquired by similarly priced Denon AVR-E300 and Yamaha RX-V475. One inputs is MHL-compatible too, so it would work with the devices like StreamingStick of Roku, although the front-panel which is location of input means that stick would be hanging from the front.
Networking features also are included, though you wouldrequire wired connection of Ethernet for using it. AirPlay is Apple fans’ marquee feature, letting one stream audio wirelessly from iTunes andiOS devices.
VSX-823-K’s real weakness is in area of the wireless features. There isn’t any integrated Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and the accessories of Pioneer are expensiveunreasonably; $100 for the Bluetooth and for Wi-Fi, $130. These prices appear less defensible especially when Sony STR-DN840 at $450 provides both built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for only little more.
Other features are quite less important as regards the mainstream buyers. VSX-823-K is a 5.1channel receiver only, though most buyers wouldn’t need extra functionality which a 7-channel receiver does make possible:second-zone powered audio,surround back channels and “height” channels of Dolby Pro Logic IIz.
Fast And Accurate Setup:
Just as other Pioneer receivers, VSX-823-K has company’s MCACC automatic calibration system of speakers. Unlike Audyssey system in Denon and Onkyo receivers which require user to change mic position to many room positions by moving it, MCACC gets its job done only with a single position, taking only 2 minutes for completion.
None of the setup programs with automatic calibration are accurate 100%. MCACC identified size of the AperionIntimus 4T towers to be “large”. They are indeed towers, though their 4-inch dual woofers do not generate deepest frequencies of bass. Anyway, VSX-823’s quality of sound is excellent, so one doesn’t feel the need of changing any settings.
Theseoptions of bass management are quite limited compared to some other receivers’: it does applysimilar subwoofer to the speaker frequency to every small speaker crossover. Anyway, VSX-823’s blend of speaker-subwoofer was not an issue as sound quality happened to be very good.
Quality Of Sound: Clear And Powerful:
VSX-823-K did soundquite well-balanced when used with all the movies as well as music that was played. Front and the surround speakers altogether create coherent field of sound in the room. The Soundstage depth also was good. This way, sound would, as according to the mix, seem to be behind plane of speakers. The home theater was also impressive. VSX-823-K sounds better when it is played very loud.
VSX-823-K’s Mode of Midnight compression did not have a lot of effect when it was switched off and on; sudden volume changes from soft and then to loud still was there. Dynamic processing of volume of Audysseyon Denon AVR-E400 really did improved job regarding maintenance of consistent level of volume for listening sessions late-night.
Finally, it is worth considering that whether you do even need AV receiver full-fledged in the 1st place. If one is willing of downsizingthe system of home audio to stereo, onecould use an integrated compact amplifier. They do sound great, requiremuch less space, and could make the home theater you have much simpler.
VSX-823-K is notthe 1st choice for AV midrange receiver, though it standsprominently by offering HDMI connectivity more than othersas well asAirPlaycompared to other receivers having the same price.