The Pioneer VSX-827-K can deliver 7.1 channel surround sound in high definition. It can decode proprietary formats of Blu-ray movies such as DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD . On the front of this equipment, with the burnished black aluminum panel, the two large wheels stand out, one for adjusting the volume (on the right) and the other for selecting the sources (on the left). Of course, it will not be easy for this multichannel receiver to fall short when it comes to inputs and outputs.
It supplies a power output of 130 watts for each of the seven channels , and a subwoofer can also be connected to the pre-amplified output on the rear. There are also the six inputs and the HDMI output , valid for Blu-ray readers, advanced game consoles, DVD players, camcorders or satellite receivers, among others. Anyway, those who have slightly older videos or cameras, also to be able to use them, and this Pioneer also has analog video connections, specifically, a component video input and three inputs and a video output compound.
In the audio section, it includes a coaxial digital audio input, and an optical digital audio input. It has a USB 2.0 port on the front with capabilities to read music stored on MP3 players. It plays good quality digital audio formats like WAV and FLAC 24 bit and 192 kHz. Nor could it lack the usual compatibility with more widespread compressed audio formats such as MP3, WMA and AAC . All of this applies to both USB playback and streaming audio over networks. The fact is that it has an Ethernet port , which allows it to be included in home networks and connected to the Internet to be able to listen to radio stations online. Nor should we forget that it integrates an FM and AM radio tuner with the ability to memorize 30 presets.
You can connect digitally with the iPad, iPhone or iPod through the USB port, but using the special cable supplied as standard with this equipment. This allows you to play both audio and video files from those Apple products. In addition, it is compatible with the AirPlay wireless technology patented by the Cupertino. In this case, Bluetooth is optional; requires purchasing a branded adapter. By the way, the headphone output can work with headphones that give surround sound.
Once this Pioneer is installed , along with the corresponding speakers, it is very easy to tune the equipment so that it usually works well in the room where it is placed. And is that the manufacturer has put an intelligent calibration system that works automatically. The user only has to click the microphone that comes inside the box and activate the calibrator so that it makes all the adjustments to adapt the sound to the room. It is not necessary to make an excessive investment to get the Pioneer VSX-827-K , since its retail price is 400 euros .