Pioneer's versatile VSX517S A/V receiver powers five channels with 110 watts each and features DTS, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding. Exclusive Sound Retriever technology improves the sound quality of compressed music files like MP3 and WMA. Component video switching allows you to control video sources through the receiver with no picture quality degradation. 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver with Sound Retriever EXCLUSIVE! We carry the World Wide version so it will have a power supply that works in any country! Works with PAL, NTSC and Secam signals Switches between 110-240 volts 50-60 hertz
Getting The Lost Sound Back
You don't need a big home theater system to experience big sound. Not when you've got the Pioneer VSX517S powering your movies, music, sports, and games. Experience 110 watts across five channels for a full-blown surround sound that fills your living room. Even content from your PC or portable audio player sounds truly amazing thanks to Pioneer's proprietary Sound Retriever processing, designed to improve the overall sound quality of compressed audio formats like MP3, WMA, and AAC. Compressed music files work well enough through headphones, but when played through home audio systems, dynamic range can be limited and digital artifacts caused by compression can be pronounced. Sound Retriever restores lost dynamic range and replaces lost digital information for near-CD quality sound reproduction.
Rev-Up Your Engine
Just like the heart of a race car is its engine, the heart of Pioneer's VSX517S is its engine--in this case the digital engine microprocessor used to house the various decoders (Dolby/DTS) and digital sound processing features of the receiver. High capacity and speed are always a good thing. The digital engine in the VSX517S puts all the digital signal processing into one powerful, compact circuit board, shortening the signal path and minimizing radiation. The new Freescale 180 MIPS DSP chip offers low jitter, super-accurate PLL sound-processing clocking module, and virtually no audio degradation for exceptionally pure sound. Plus, this processors's low impedance stabilizes power throughout the chip, preventing internal noise that can affect signal purity. This receiver handles Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Pro-Logic II, DTS 5.1, DTS 96/24, and WMA9 Pro. What all this means is the decoding and signal processing capabilities of the VSX517S assure you the highest-quality sound reproduction. And you won't ever have to put gas in this engine.
Getting The Bass Right
Pioneer sound engineers describe phase matching as a new and critical factor in multichannel sound reproduction. That's why they built Basic Phase Control into the VSX517S to make sure sound sources arrive at the listening position in phase, preventing unwanted distortion or coloring of the sound. Phase control is primarily directed at the bass management system where an external powered subwoofer shares low frequencies with the front and center speakers. Because of crossover filters built into the subwoofer and the receiver, these shared frequencies can be significantly delayed at the subwoofer creating frequency cancellations. Basic Phase Control assures that all the bass frequencies arrive at the listening position at the same time so you'll hear every boom, blast, rumble, and roar.
Intelligent Amplifier Design
The main components of the VSX517S's Pioneer Hybrid Amplifier Design II are built into a single integrated circuit, for perfect precision even when processing high-level current. Since heat influences the amount of bias an output transistor requires to reproduce sound, Pioneer engineered a special Thermal Compensation Transistor to maintain correct bias levels regardless of temperature, minimizing total harmonic distortion. To eliminate undesireable electrical influence, Direct Construction keeps critical circuitry separate (for example, digital from analog, and video from audio). Also, the positioning of key parts is carefully mapped out, to optimize signal transmission efficiency. Your sound stays crisper, cleaner, longer. Even when you play it louder.
Customize Your Soundstage
In addition to the more traditional surround sound formats, the VSX517S offers exclusive Pioneer digital sound processing technology that lets you experience movies and music like never before. Front Stage Surround Advance allows you to place the surround speakers in the front of the room, an ideal solution if you can't--or don't want to--run wiring to the back of the room; but still want to maximize 5.1-channel performance. Virtual Surround Back deepens and broadens the sound stage by creating a phantom rear surround effect without using a surround back speaker. And Advanced Surround lets you choose from 14 simulated soundstages like Cinema, Music, TV, Game, and Sports depending on the room environment and applications.
Dolby Digital 5.1, Pro Logic II; DTS 5.1, 96/24; WMA9 Pro Decoding
550 Watts Total Power (110 Watts x 5 Channels/8 Ohms/1 kHz/0.9% THD)
HD Component Video (3 In/1 Out)
Digital Audio Inputs (2 Coaxial, 1 Optical)
5.1-Channel Multichannel Input
Composite Video (3 In/Out), A/V (3 In/1 Out), Subwoofer Preamp Out, Headphone Out
Free scale 180 MIPS Digital Signal Processor
14 Advanced Surround Modes
Front Stage Surround Advance, Virtual Surround Back, Auto Surround
System Remote Control Included
192 kHz/24-Bit Digital/Analog Conversion
Sound Retriever Improves Compressed Music File Sound Quality
Basic Phase Control Bass Management
Stream Direct For Unprocessed Digital Sound
Quick Setup Operation
Midnight Listening Mode
Built-In AM/FM Tuner
Tuner Edit Operation
4-Step Fluorescent Display Dimmer
Large Banana Speaker Terminals (FL/FR/C/SL/SR)
Power Requirement: 110-240 VAC/50-60 Hz
Power Consumption: 320 Watts (0.5 Watts Standby)
Dimensions: 16.56" W x 6.25" H x 13.88" D
Weight: 19.81 lbs
Switchable between 110-120-220-240 volts 50-60 hertZ