Pioneer Elite VSX-72TXV A/V Receiver and Jamo A 7 Speaker System At A Glance & Ratings Pioneer Elite VSX-72TXV A/V Receiver

At A Glance: Pioneer Elite VSX-72TXV A/V Receiver

Processing Modes: Dolby: Digital 5.1, EX, Pro Logic IIx
DTS: DTS, ES, 96/24, Neo:6
Other: various DSP modes
THX Certification: Yes, THX Select
Audio D/A Converter: 24-bit/96-kilohertz
Number of Amp Channels: 7
Power Rating (watts per channel): 130
Frequency Response: –3 dB from 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 12.4 x 20.5 x 21.5
Weight (pounds): 40.9
Price $1,400

Video: HDMI (2), component video (3), S-video (5), composite video (5)
Audio: coaxial digital (2), optical digital (5), 7.1-channel analog (1), stereo analog (10), iPod, XM satellite radio
Video: HDMI (1), component video (1), S-video (3), composite video (3)
Audio: optical digital (1), stereo analog (4), preamp (8)
RS-232 (1), Pioneer iLink, IR jack (2)

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

Ratings: Pioneer Elite VSX-72TXV A/V Receiver

Build Quality: 93
• Quality internals
• Solid build

Value: 94
• A lot of bang for the buck at this price
• Rare and valuable tricks you won't find anywhere else

Features: 97
• All the standard bases covered, and much, much more
• Rare tricks like iPod and XM radio inputs and MCACC automatic calibration system

Performance: 93
• Warm, inviting sound
• More musical than most midpriced receivers

Ergonomics: 97
• MCACC does it all for you—and quite well
• No problem if you're a do-it-yourselfer, thanks to a quality remote and graphic user interface

Overall Rating: 94
The VSX-72TXV does a whole lot, and it does so very well. It's got the performance and tweakability to keep seasoned audio veterans happy and the approachability and user-friendliness to win over even the most technophobic. There's hardly a stone left unturned.

General Information
VSX-72TXV A/V Receiver, $1,400
Pioneer Electronics
Dealer Locator Code PIO