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Great and elegant sound

Dale Davies |
The new receiver from Pioneer delivers great home theater performance in an elegant package at a surprising value.

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With connectivity options for all your latest high-definition home theater components, the VSX-820-K takes it a step further with support for your digital media via a front USB input and compatibility with Bluetooth sources. Plus, it's "Works with iPhone"-certified, so you can incorporate your favorite Apple products into your home theater easily.

Thanks to the VSX-820-K's "Works with iPhone" certification, you can enjoy music, movies, downloaded TV shows from iTunes, photos, and more. An included USB/composite video cable makes connecting your iPhone to share your favorite media easy--and your iPhone charges automatically when connected. Unlike other receiver lines, there's no need to buy a separate dock to enjoy your iPhone with your home theater. This included cable also works with most generations of iPod Classic, nano, and iPod Touch.

Your iPhone's wireless and network features remain fully functional and music and movies will mute when you receive an incoming call. For wireless connectivity, add a Pioneer AS-BT100 Bluetooth adapter (sold separately) to release your music from your iPhone, Blackberry, or Android smartphone as well as other Bluetooth-enabled sources like laptops. And the VSX-820-K's Advanced Sound Retriever technology makes sure that even your compressed MP3s are brought back to near cd-quality sound.

All of Pioneer's latest receivers support the latest HDMI specification, meaning that you're not just getting the most out of your existing movies and music, you're preparing for the next generation of 3-D video content with the VSX-820-K. And with 4 HDMI inputs, you've got plenty of connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available today.

Of course all the latest Pioneer receivers support high-definition audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Audio to give your Blu-ray Disc movies a soundtrack that's true-to-life. But Pioneer adds an extra dimension with support for Dolby Pro Logic IIz across its entire 2010 line of receivers, which adds a "height" channel for an even more immersive experience.

Additionally, the Auto Level Control feature can equalize volume level differences between tracks playing from an iPhone or iPod or during television programming so the volume can be enjoyed at a consistent level.

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