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Just starting this (like my Onkyo 608 last year). Mine has arrived. Will test tonight or tomorrow:


1. Perfomace with Deftech 7002

2. Samsung UN55D7000 with ARC

3. Mediacenter extender (XBOX360)

4. PS3 for Blu-Ray


I will also try and program my Logitech remote and see if the codes are there. I may have to use the 520 (or 820k) temorarily.


If you want to know the price i paid just PM me (like Last year) and I will give you the name of the person at "big place" in chicagoland and make him honor the "pre-order" price and free ship etc (yes, beats Amazon)


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Updates: I will compile

1. Excellent design

2. Good documentation

3. More than enough power for my (self powered 12" subs") in my def tec BP-7002 (the big ones)

4. Having a hell of a time getting HDMI-CEC and ARC to work right with new Samsung UN55D7000.....
 

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I'm wondering how the HDMI Standby Through function works. Is it just as if the source HDMI was directly connected to the TV?
 

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I'm wondering how the HDMI Standby Through function works. Is it just as if the source HDMI was directly connected to the TV?

I will test tonight. To be honest, I have no real need for that but will try.


On a slight bummer the optical is not "mapable" to other HDMI inputs. Also it will not "autoswitch" if there is no HDMI signal (like on my ancient sony).


Why does this suck??? Since if the TV signal from XBOX is OFF I wanted the analog inputs from the squeezbox player to just "play music". Now I need to program it.


The Logitech Programming is good but NOT perfect yet. The descrite ON/OFF seems BACKWARD!!!
 

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I haven't made it through the manual yet for my receiver, so thought I'd ask here first.

I have my cable box running into my Pioneer 521 via HDMI and then I have the out from the receiver to my Panasonic GT25 via HDMI.

Now, my understanding is the audio should be transmitted through this one cable. I went to the HDMI setup for the receiver and set the control to "on" and the ARC to "on". However, while I do get picture I dont get sound.

What am I doing wrong here?

Also for the video to come up, I have to turn the receiver on otherwise nothing. I thought with HDMI standby through it was supposed to still show the video and sound while on standby and not require me to turn it on.

Thanks ahead of time for any assistance.
 

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^^^


- arc would be used to send audio from the display to the avr... you wouldn't be using this, since your source is connected to the avr...


- as far as passthrough... everything in the chain needs to be set up correctly, and i won't even attempt to parse it out... frankly, i'd just turn on the avr...


- go into your cable box and tell it to output audio over hdmi...
 

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Thanks for the reply Chris.

The issue isn't with the DVR. When I connect the DVR directly to the TV, audio and video works perfectly.

Its when I connect it to the Pioneer first then run an HDMI from receiver to TV that audio doesn't work, but video Does.

Now, the manual for the DVR says that if the audio out on the AVR is set to Dolby then if the TV can't handle it then you wont get audio. When i switched it from HDMI to Dolby that is what happened.

So Im thinking when I go from the DVR to receiver to TV, that the receiver is sending out Dolby audio which is not compatible with the audio on the Panasonic GT25 speakers. Does this sound right?

It seems I'll have use the HDMI from DVR and run it directly to the TV. And if I want to use my theater speakers I'll have to run component cables from the DVR to the Receiver.

I was trying to simplify things with less cables and I thought the HDMI pass through would help with this, but doesnt seem I'll be able to accomplish that.
 

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Hi all - new to the forum and also new to this receiver. Just got it yesterday and it's all hooked up and ready to go, but I'm having trouble plugging in my MacBook Pro. I'm using a mini-displayport to HDMI cable ( monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10246&cs_id=1024603&p_id=5997&seq=1&format=2 ) and neither the Mac or the Receiver seem to even register it (usually you see the mac screen flashing blue to indicate that a new display has been plugged in).


Oddly enough my old MacBook Pro with DVI output works just fine (using DVi-HDMI cable) with the vsx-521k, as does the appleTV.


Anyone else had this issue?
 

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Anyone else have this receiver? My Onkyo 906 just bit the dust and I am tired of buying high end receivers. I'm going lower price this time and this receiver may fit the bill. Also, has Pioneer released the AS-BT200 so you can wirelessly stream music from your ipod?
 

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I own this unit. Set it up about a week ago which took about an hour. Very simple to operate and the instructions aren't too difficult to understand. I am quite pleased with it. Pioneer is a quality brand and it carries that quality right down to this entry level receiver.


I bought it to replace a Pioneer Elite 92 receiver my cat ruined by harfing on it. $1400 receiver down the tubes.
At least I only paid $900 for it as an open box item.


The 521-K is only a 5.1 receiver but can be upgraded to 7.1 via powered speakers as it has pre-amp output for those channels. It is 3-d ready, meaning it will pass the 3-d HDMI standard when you are ready to move on to that. Only gripes I have with this model is you would be in trouble if you lost/damaged the remote since there are limited front panel controls for advanced settings/features. Also the on screen menu, while it is nice that they included it on this years entry model(last year's didn't), is analog only. No HDMI output. Not terribly bad trade offs for an affordable unit.


Most of the time when you buy top of the line you are only getting more features that you may or may not find all that useful which would describe my experience by owning the Elite 92 receiver. More features than I needed.
 

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Thank you Miniskunk. Do you have any experience with Pioneer's Bluetooth adapters in order to stream music wirelessly from your ipod?
 

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Nope.....Pioneer charges way too much for the adapter. Easier to just use an audio cable.

What cable I can use to play my iPod music in VSX-521? It has no dedicated iPod port like VSX-821 ..


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A standard stereo headphone jack to RCA(phono) plug adapter will work just fine. Radio Shacks carries them as do most stores with electronic sections. The receiver has analog inputs for non digital audio sources.
 

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A standard stereo headphone jack to RCA(phono) plug adapter will work just fine. Radio Shacks carries them as do most stores with electronic sections. The receiver has analog inputs for non digital audio sources.

Thanks for the reply and explanation ..



Now, I'm planning to get one of these Pioneer receiver..


I never owned receiver, so this is my first time.


Can anyone please help me to identify and understand the difference between these 2 receiver? (VSX-520 & VSX-521)


If the difference doesn't effect me much, I'll get the VSX-520-K for $179 since I'm a student with very tight budget.. (521 model is $250)


BTW, for what I understand, 521 model just add HDMI Standby pass-through and support ARC. Right? or there are some additional features in VSX-521?


Please someone clear it to me? I'll be grateful ..


Thanks a lot ..
 

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Thanks for the reply and explanation ..



Now, I'm planning to get one of these Pioneer receiver..


I never owned receiver, so this is my first time.


Can anyone please help me to identify and understand the difference between these 2 receiver? (VSX-520 & VSX-521)


If the difference doesn't effect me much, I'll get the VSX-520-K for $179 since I'm a student with very tight budget.. (521 model is $250)


BTW, for what I understand, 521 model just add HDMI Standby pass-through and support ARC. Right? or there are some additional features in VSX-521?


Please someone clear it to me? I'll be grateful ..


Thanks a lot ..
If you get the 520k you will not only lose the MCCAC, but also the on screen setup and 3D Bluray compatibility if you ever plan to upgrade to that later. These were new to 521k. 520k was last years model which is why the price difference. It sold for $250 when new.
 

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Interested in this receiver. Does anyone know of any images of the on-screen GUI for this receiver?

It just a basic white block text on blue background. Not terribly fancy.
 

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I was all set to buy the 821-K to accompany some Pioneer speakers (FS51, CS21, BS21) when I looked at the 521-K and found it to be spec-for-spec identical apart from the iPod capabilities of the 821-K. Is that really the only significant difference? Since I have an Apple TV, I'd never use the iPod/iPhone/iPad capabilities of the 821-K, so I certainly don't want to pay extra for it. Thanks everybody!
 
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