Bluetooth compatibility and a USB port provides some additional functionality and accommodation for wireless headphones and portable media devices. It delivers a respectable watts to each of five channels and is 3D-ready. There are also nine DSP digital signal processing surround modes you can use on stereo sources, though I found the surround delays to be too extreme for my tastes. The main thing that holds this AVR back is the analog-only onscreen display. Ergonomics The front fascia is plastic, but the glossy ebony black provides a rich and sophisticated look.
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Bluetooth compatibility and a USB port provides some additional functionality and accommodation for wireless headphones and portable media devices. It delivers a respectable watts to each of five channels and is 3D-ready. There are also nine DSP digital signal processing surround modes you can use on stereo sources, though I found the surround delays to be too extreme for my tastes. The main thing that holds this AVR back is the analog-only onscreen display.
Ergonomics The front fascia is plastic, but the glossy ebony black provides a rich and sophisticated look. While the unit is lighter than more-expensive models, the chassis appears to be reinforced in a way that other lower-priced AVRs are not. It has a solid and substantial feel. The rear panel is laid out well and is less cluttered than pricier AVRs with more features and channels. The front-panel display is easy to read, and the buttons are easily identified. Moreover, some buttons have dual functions requiring the use of a Shift key.
Setup From a physical standpoint, setup was far more pleasing with speaker binding posts on all channels, rather than a mix of binding posts and spring terminals found on less-expensive models. However, there always seems to be a big BUT with these lower-end products. This required an additional connection from the component or composite output on the AVR to a corresponding input on the TV; I used a component connection. As a result, the only way to see the onscreen setup menu, including auto-calibration, was to switch the TV input to component, then access the setup menu on the AVR.
This felt like a real throwback from another age, but I suppose it helps cut costs. However, Pioneer believes you can only accurately calibrate the "sweet spot" for one position at a time.
While this model only provides enough memory for one calibration setting, higher-end Pioneer AVRs offer multiple memory settings for different positions in the room. For instance, you can have two different setups for sitting squarely in front of the video display or lounging in a recliner off to the side of the room.
Each setting insures you get the best possible surround field wherever you sit, but it is not extended out to include an entire group of people by calibrating for multiple points. MCACC does have one thing in common with other auto-calibration systems—it makes setup much faster and generally more accurate than a manual adjustment. That said, if you want to tweak the automatic adjustment, there are manual settings for speaker size, level, distance, and subwoofer crossover frequency.
For auto calibration, connect the supplied mic to the front-panel jack and follow the onscreen prompts. In addition to the five pairs of speaker binding posts for the main system, there two more pairs for speakers in another room or perhaps for a separate pair of speakers in the same room for listening to 2-channel music. However, the AVR can play only one set of speakers at a time, either the 5.
There were some missing sonic nuances that are present with my mid-priced Onkyo TX-NR AVR, such as greater depth, increased dynamic range, and a more delicate sonic signature.
I preferred the Stream Direct mode because it plays the same number of channels as the medium sends. The included USB cable lets you connect an Apple iDevice, but the video signal is split off to a composite connector, which significantly compromises video quality.
I just think that with a slightly higher budget, there are products representing an even greater value, including other Pioneer AVRs.
Pioneer VSX-D509S Speaker User Manual
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communica- tions. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If not enough space is provided between the unit and walls or other equipment, heat will build up inside, interfering with performance or causing malfunctions. Do not cover with fabric or covering.