- 5.1 - €220 Not for the US marketVSX-422
- 5.1 - €300 Not for the US marketVSX-522
- 5.1 - $250 / €400VSX-527
- NOT YET ANNOUNCED - 5.1 -VSX-822
- 5.1 - $380 / €450VSX-827
- NOT YET ANNOUNCED - 5.1 -VSX-922
- 7.1 - €550 Not for the US market.VSX-1022
- 7.1 - $450VSX-1027
- NOT YET ANNOUNCED - 7.1VSX-1122
- 7.2 - $600 / €650VSX-1127
- NOT YET ANNOUNCED - 7.2Elite VSX-42
- 7.1 - $450Elite VSX-60
- 7.2 - $650
-- Class D --SC-1222
- NOT YET ANNOUNCED - 7.2SC-1227
- NOT YET ANNOUNCED - 7.2SC-1522
- NOT YET ANNOUNCEDSC-2022
- NOT YET ANNOUNCED - 7.2 - €999 - Not for the US market.SC-LX56
- NOT YET ANNOUNCED - 7.2 - €1499 - Not for the US market.SC-LX76
- NOT YET ANNOUNCED - 9.2 - Not for the US market.SC-LX86
- NOT YET ANNOUNCED - 9.2 - Not for the US market.Elite SC-61
- 7.2 - $1100Elite SC-63
- 7.2 - $1300Elite SC-65
- 9.2 - $1600Elite SC-67
- 9.2 - $2000Elite SC-68
- 9.2 - $2500
UPDATE - OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2012 RECEIVERSVSX-522
- VSX-1122Official Pioneer USA 2012 Receivers
- SC-68Official Pioneer USA 2012 Elite Receivers----- OLD UNCONFIRMED INFORMATION BELOW -----
As information is starting to appear about the Pioneer 2012 lineup, I thought I'd start a thread. So far I've only seen things about the lowest (most places) entry-level receiver, but you have to start somewhere, right?
So here's what's up with the VSX-522, compared with the previous year's VSX-521. Some pretty radical changes.. the back panel of this thing looks EMPTY.
Speakers : 5 channel amplifier. Same as last year. Banana for fronts, clip for center and surrounds. Nothing surprising. 20-20kHz 8Ω 0.08% THD - 80+80W - 1kHz 6Ω 1% THD - 140 wpc.
Pre-out : 1+2 - subwoofer as well as back surround OR height but not both. Same as last year.
HDMI : 4 in, 1 out - Same as last year. Seems about right for the bottom rung receivers. If you have more than four devices to hook up, it's time to stop looking at the lowest level AVRs.
Component : - GONE. Last year it was 2 in, 1 out. Was bound to happen eventually. Everything bought in the last five years has hdmi.. no one really uses component anymore. The analogue sunset is here.
Composite : 2 in, 1 out - Was 4 in, 2 out.
Front mini portable / MCACC port - now MCACC only, no combined 3.5mm stereo input.
Stereo RCA : 3 in 0 out - Was 6 in, 2 out. Down, but you don't need that many anymore.
Coax digital : 1 in, 0 out. Same as last year, these aren't that common compared to optical anyway.
Optical : 1 in, 0 out - Down from two last year. This feels stingy, most people don't have a set with ARC and need this for their TV audio. Which leaves zero free optical audio ports.
Radio : FM/AM - Same.
Bluetooth Adapter port : GONE. I don't know if anyone used this with a 5xx receiver since the dongle was almost as expensive as the receiver itself. The optimistic implication of this is that the adapters will disappear from the 2012 range and be built in. Or perhaps more likely use USB instead on the higher models.
USB port : 1 front. - New for this year. Plays mp3/aac/etc and is Made for iWhatever so it will use the receiver remote to control and OSD to display information. Cool but lame since there's no HDMI upscaling and will only be available over composite with the 1980s GUI the VSX-5xx units have been stuck with. Still, this is a feature that most people would use.
HDMI STANDBY THROUGH;
So your receiver can be off but still funnel the cable box to your TV. You get the choice of displaying the last thing used when the AVR was switched on, or one specific HDMI input selected in options. Nice addition.
So, summing up..
I/O options SLASHED - not counting speaker outputs they've literally cut the number of connectors by HALF
. Analogue is gone.
Cosmetically identical to last year as far as I could tell.
Still no OSD over HDMI.
MCACC room correction - microphone included.
Seems like a price cut is in order.