Pioneer VSX-528

Pioneer VSX-528 is a 5 channel AV-Amplifier with up to 130 Watt for each channel.

Audio features
VSX-528 supports many audio formats. Below you find a list of the most important audio formats with a short description of each format.

Dolby DigitalDolby Digital is the most used audio format on DVD and is transfered to the amplifier through HDMI or optical/coaxial digital inputs.

Dolby TrueHDDolby TrueHD is a High-Definition audio format developed for HD-formats like Blu-Ray and can only be transferred through HDMI to the amplifier.

Dolby Pro Logic IIDolby Pro Logic II is the audio system from Dolby that the amplifier will use for analog or two channels Digital sources like TV- broadcasts.

DTS DTS is an audio format that is used on a some DVD movies and offers up to 5 discrete channels + subwoofer.

To achieve the best possible sound reproduction in a home theater setup VSX-528 is equipped with automatic room correction that adjusts a number of parameters based on measurements made using an included microphone. Noise level of each speaker automatically adjusted along with delay based on the placement of speakers. In addition adjusted frequency response of each speaker so that it fits the room and speaker. The specification for the equalizer for the main channels are 9 bånds, while it is Ukjent for the subwoofer channel.

To get the best possible bass reproduction in your home theater setup VSX-528 has individual bass handling of the different channels. That means you can set different value for lowpass filter for each speaker group. The low pass filter can be set to a wide range of frequencies. The available frequencies are 80Hz.

Video features
If you have analog sources which must be connected to a TV or projector through the amplifier, the amplifier has video conversion from composite, s-video and component to digital HDMI signal. This ensures that it is enough with a single HDMI cable to the projector/TV.

VSX-528 is equipped with a wide range of connection options for video sources. It has 5 HDMI and 2 composite inputs.It also has 3 RCA inputs for analog audio connection and 1 optical digital inputs and 1 coaxial digital inputs.

The amplifier is equipped with 1 HDMI monitor and 1 composite monitor outputs.The amplifier supports HDMI Arc (Audio Return Channel), which means it can receive audio from a TV from the same cable that transmits image from amplifier to TV. This keeps you from having a seperate digital cable or RCA cable from the TV to the amplifier. Requires that the TV supports HDMI Arc.

The amplifier is equipped with 0.1 preout entrance which means you can connect to active subwoofer.

Multimedia Functionality
Like many other amps VSX-528 have embedded multimedia functionality that reduces the need for PC and other computer components in your setup.Playback of audio files is possible from the network or from USB. To see details of the audio formats that are supported see technical specifications.

VSX-528 is DLNA certified so you are assured that it is compatible with other DLNA equipment. It is DLNA certified for audio playback over network.

To connect to the network is the amplifier equipped with a standard network connector.

The AirPlay feature gives you the ability to play music wirelessly from your PC or MAC with iTunes, wireless playback from your iPhone, iPad or iPod either from local music collection or online services like Spotify.

Power Amplifier
For stereo playback the amplifier is rated to provide 2 x 130 Watt with measuring method DIN, 1 KHz, 6 ohm, THD 1,0% and for multi channel up to 5 x 130 Watt by measuring method DIN, 1 KHz, 6 ohm, THD 1,0%.In setups where there is no need for the integrated power amplifier for the surround back channels can these power amplifiers in VSX-528 be configured so that the front speakers are bi-Ampet with two amplifiers for each front speaker (separate amplifier for bass and treble / midrange).

Possible speaker configurations
With audio processing for 5 channels and power amplifiers for 5 channels this amplifier has the following possible speaker configurations.

It supports 5.1 speaker config that gives possibility for front, center and surround speakers in addition to a subwoofer.

For a more detailed explanation of the possible speaker configurations you should read speaker configuration section of our home theater amplifier guide.

The remote is programmable and teachable. This means that you can enter codes for other components you own or you can use other remotes to train the remote supplied.

It is developed own applications to control VSX-528 from IPhone, IPad and Android. This allows you to control the amplifier without using the supplied remote control. Applications can be loaded from the App Store or Android Market.

VSX-528 is in sale and the lowest price that is observed is kr 2,222,-. Use the links to price engines on the right side to find the cheapest stores.

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