Top 10 Budget Home Theater Pioneer AV Receivers

By BHT Staff
September 2019

This article reviews the top 10 Pioneer AV receivers available online.

Let’s face it. A quality home theater system brings home entertainment to life. With quality audio and video systems, you can get the crisp, clear surround sound experience of a theater while sitting on the couch in your pajamas. Snacks are only a few feet away, and they don’t cost five dollars a box. Digital gameplay becomes more immersive, and many quality AV receivers come with a wireless headphone option, so you won’t disturb the rest of the family. Or, how about the next party with a two-zone speaker set up. There are so many things you can do with a quality audio/video system. So where do you begin? Here are the top 10 budget AV receivers by Pioneer

1. Pioneer 7.2-ch Network AV Receiver

Pioneer 7.2-ch Network AV Receiver

The Pioneer VSX-934 7.2-ch Network AV Receiver has been designed to create the ultimate music experience. Its Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration (MCACC) system was developed with the expertise of professional recording studios. The integrated Sonos Connect will allow you to play any music or audio source on your Sonos app. The VSX-934 can also stream songs from compatible devices with the built-in Bluetooth Wireless Technology. With Powered Zone Two, you can drive speakers in another location without a separate amplifier.

2. Pioneer 9.2 Channel 4k UltraHD Network AV Receiver

Pioneer VSX-LX503 9.2 Channel 4k UltraHD Network A/V Receiver

This power-packed receiver can support 5.2.4 and 7.2.2-Ch speaker layouts. For immersive Dolby Atmos and DTS Neural:X 3D surround sound, simply add an external amplifier to expand to decode 11ch for driving a 7.2.4ch configuration. MCACC auto room tuning will automatically compensate for differences in speaker size, level, and distance, and then equalizes response. The Pioneer VSX-LX503 can be used with the Sonos Home Sound System.

3. Pioneer 9.2 Channel AV Receiver

Pioneer VSX-LX303 9.2 Channel 4k UltraHD Network AV Receiver

Power your home theater with the more affordable Pioneer VSX-LX303 and its direct energy amplification at 100 watts per Ch. This receiver will support a 5.2.4 or 7.2.2-Ch surround layout. Slightly adjust your layout to drive stereo speakers in zone 2 and zone 3 with a 5.2-Ch set up in the main room. This versatile system can also allow for multi-room wireless audio options with its built-in Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi, and FlareConnect.

4. Pioneer 5.2-Ch AV Receiver

Pioneer VSX-534 5.2-Ch AV Receiver

Customize your personal listening experience with the preset buttons on this Pioneer VSX-534. Simply set the volume and the listening mode and hold down the preset button for three seconds, and your listening preference is saved. The VSX-534 is also equipped with a zone B audio output for connecting wireless headphones. This inexpensive model is designed for a 3.1.2ch configuration of the latest theater-quality Dolby Atmos surround sound. As a Pioneer it has MCACC auto room tuning and built-in Bluetooth wireless technology.

5. Pioneer AV Receiver

Pioneer Dolby Atmos-Ready AV Receiver

This 5.1 Ch. AV receiver drives 165 watts per channel to your speakers. This economical AV receiver is the king of wireless compatibility. Set up multi-room wireless audio options with the Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi, and Fire Connect. Use the VSX-832 to tune into streaming services like Pandora, Tidal, Tune IN and Deezer. This system offers MCACC auto room tuning and supports up to 3.1.2ch Dolby Atmos surround sound.

6. Pioneer 9.2-ch Network AV Receiver

Pioneer VSX-LX504 9.2-ch Network AV Receiver

If you want theater-quality sound at home, you want the Pioneer VSX-LX504. This Pioneer is IMAX enhanced, certified to deliver the immersive experience intended by the filmmaker. With the addition of an external amplifier, this AV receiver can support the 7. 2. 4Ch configuration of Dolby Atmos or DTS: X/DTS Neural:X for life-like audio. The VSX-LX504 also offers the Apple airplay 2 that lets you stream Apple music or podcasts directly through your speakers.

7. Pioneer Elite 7.2-ch Network AV Receiver

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 7.2-ch Network AV Receiver

Welcome the latest theater sound platform, Dolby Atmos, into your home with the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 featuring a compatible 5.2.2ch configuration. With this receiver, the video quality will definitely live up to the audio quality. The VSX-LX104 supports pass-through for HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), and Dolby Vision signals for next-generation video quality. This system comes standard with MCACC Auto Room Tuning and Sonos Connect.

8. Pioneer Elite 9.2-ch Network AV Receiver

Pioneer Elite 9.2-ch Network AV Receiver

This Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 is calibrated for optimal IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Atmos/DTS:X movie performance. Enjoy multi-dimensional 7. 2. 2Ch/5. 2. 4Ch surround sound supported by MCACC Auto Room Tuning. This Pioneer Elite offers all the wireless streaming options with Sonos System, Fire Connect, Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi, and Apple airplay 2.

9. Pioneer 7.2-Channel AV Receiver

Pioneer VSX-834 7.2-Channel AV Receiver

The Pioneer VSX-834 is an affordable option that supports pass-through for HDR10, HLG, and Dolby vision signals for quality video. This receiver is compatible with the Dolby Atmos 5.2.2ch configuration so you can enjoy the latest movie platform at home. Handy preset buttons let you retrieve a customized listening experience at the touch of a button. This unit also includes MCACC Auto Room Tuning, Zone B output for wireless headphones, and built-in Bluetooth wireless technology.

10. Pioneer Slim AV Receiver

Pioneer Slim AV Receiver

If you like sleek low-profile equipment, Pioneer has the receiver for you. This slim 2.76-inch 5.1 Ch receive can be configured to support Dolby Atoms with 3.1.2Ch setup. The Ultra HD Upscaling/Pass-Through with HDCP 2.2 features lets you enjoy the highest quality video on a 4K TV. This system next-generation video ready with standard HDR (High Dynamic Range) and BT.202. And of course, this pioneer includes MCACC Auto Room Tuning to get the most out of your surround sound.

As you can see there are plenty of options with a variety of capabilities. Now you just have to decide what works best for your home and your budget.

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