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Pioneer VSX-528

Pioneer VSX-528
alaScore 89

94 reviews

Mar, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 reviews of Pioneer VSX-528. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and design are overall positive. The size and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, size, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Pioneer VSX-528 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Pioneer VSX-528 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on People really like the design. The usability is also appreciated.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pioneer VSX-528 Intergrated Amplifier BlackPioneer VSX-528 Intergrated Amplifier Black

Mar, 2018

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Pioneer VSX-528


Pioneer's budget amp is an impressive balance of sound and features

Balanced, articulate and detailed performance ; Good features

Sound could do with more power and scale

We like this amp. It doesn’t offer the final word in sound or specs, but it does occupy a comfortable spot in the middle ground.

Expert review by : Stephen Dawson (

Pioneer VSX-528 home theatre receiver


The Pioneer VSX-528 home theatre receiver offers good network and home theatre support with some useful extras, such as Spotify, at an entry-level price.

Good audio performance ; Good network audio support ; Useful Spotify Connect capability ; Good value for money

Network function clunky in places ; Doesn't support low impedance loudspeakers

Choose your loudspeakers wisely, and the Pioneer VSX-528 will act as a reasonably priced centrepiece of a home entertainment system. Add a Premium Spotify subscription and you'll have ready access to just about any music you could want

Nov, 2013

Consumer review (

Excellent Receiver


Easy to set up as you'd expect with the tuning mic! Airplay worked without even going in to set up, just plugged in the network cable and could play tunes from Spotify iPad app or my iPhone music. Internet radio works fine but a bit fiddley to select a...

Features and value for money.

Jan, 2014

Product Specifications


Audio A/D Converter (ADC):24-bit/96kHz
Audio D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/192kHz
Audio output channels:5.1
Output impedance:6
Power output per channel (1KHz@6 Ohm):130
Power output per channel (20-20KHz@8 Ohm):130
Receiver Type:Surround
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):1


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes
Energy Star certified: No

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, WAV, WMA / AAC, MP3, WMA


AC (power) in: Yes
Composite Video In:2 / 3
Digital audio coaxial in:1
Digital audio optical in:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI In:4 / 6
USB ports quantity:1


Ethernet LAN:No / Yes
Wi-Fi: No

Optical Drive

Optical drive included: No


Composite Video Out:1
HDMI Out:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Number of HDMI Outputs:1

Packaging Content

Manual: Yes
User guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

AM antenna ports quantity:1
Connectivity Technology:Wired
FM antenna ports quantity:1


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220-230
Power Consumption (Standby):0.1 / 0.3
Power consumption (typical):450


Internet Radio: Yes
Internet radio services supported:vTuner
Preset stations quantity:30
Radio Data System (RDS): Yes
Supported radio bands:AM, FM


Card Reader: No

Technical Details

AirPlay: Yes
Apple docking compatibility:1.6 - 4.5 / No
Audio amplifier: Yes
Audio Decoders:Access Program, Drive Letter Access, Record Now, ThinkVantage Access Connections, Norton AntiVirus 2004, PC-Doctor, InterVideo WinDVD Creator, Intervideo WinDVD, Adobe Acrobat Reader / Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6, DTS-HD Master Audio
Audio Return Channel (ARC): Yes
AV output: Yes
Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver
Deep colour support: Yes
Equalizer: Yes
Graphical user interface (GUI): Yes
Graphical user interface (GUI) language:English / English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Handheld remote control: Yes
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): Yes
Multi-Zone capability: Yes
Multi-Zone quantity:9
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Surround modes quantity:11 / 12
Volume Control:Rotary
x.v.Color support: Yes


3D: Yes
Video D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/192kHz

Weight & Dimensions

Height :16.8
Weight:8.3 / 8.5