Pioneer Elite VSX-52TX A/V Receiver At A Glance & Ratings

At A Glance: Pioneer Elite VSX-52TX A/V Receiver

Processing Modes: Dolby: Digital 5.1, EX, Pro Logic IIx DTS: DTS, ES, 24/96, Neo:6 Other: XS, LPCM, MP3
THX Certification: THX Select
Video D/A Converter: 10-bit/54-megahertz
Audio D/A Converter: 24-bit/192-kilohertz
Number of Amp Channels: 7
Amp Power (watts per channel): 110 into 8 ohms
Amp Frequency Response: 10 Hz—120 kHz
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 6.8 x 16.5 x 18.3
Weight (pounds): 34.5
Price: $1,000

Video: component (2), S-video (5), composite (5)
Audio: coaxial digital (2), optical digital (3), 7.1-channel analog (1), stereo analog (6)

Video: component (1), S-video (2), composite (2)
Audio: optical digital (1), stereo analog (3), preamp (8)

RS-232 (1), 12-volt triggers (1), IR jacks (2), zone-two stereo line level (1)

These listings are based on the manufacturer's stated specs; the HT Labs box below indicates the gear's performance on our test bench.

Pioneer Elite VSX-52TX A/V Receiver

Build Quality: 92
Quality internals, including dual Motorola 48-bit chips for processing
Solid exterior build

Value: 94
Peripheral features are the primary difference between this and models that cost $500 more
A cut above much of the $1,000 crowd

Features: 93
DPLIIx processing is a legitimate bonus
The MCACC system calibration is a key feature for a receiver

Performance: 92
Warm, dynamic sound that you'd expect from Pioneer Elite products
As strong with music as it is with movies

Ergonomics: 94
The MCACC system is a big help
If automatic systems aren't for you, the remote and menu are well done, too

Overall Rating: 93
Quality like the VSX-52TX makes taking the leap into the four-figure pool a lot easier, thanks to its high-quality audio performance, build and design quality, ease of use, and strong features list.

General Information
Elite VSX-52TX A/V Receiver, $1,000
Pioneer Electronics
Dealer Locator Code PIO