Advantages A Very solidly Built piece of Equipment
Disadvantages A bit dated now
About three years ago I invested in the bargain of a lifetime, a superb Pioneer stereo system composed of a File TypeCompact Disc Player - a PD-F1009, , a VSX - D512 Audio/Video Multi Channel Receiver, A DV-565A DVD Player, a CT- W208R Double Cassette Deck, a pair of S-H510V Speakers and an S-CR59 (centre and two rear) Set of Speakers and a Pioneer Stand to house it all, brand new, for under £650. The sound I have to say is fabulous. I've already Reviewed the CD player, I'm now going to review the VSX - D512 Audio/Video Receiver (The Amplifier)As I said in my previous Review I bought it from a catalogue clearance place (Bargain Street, Thorpe Arch Retail Park near Wetherby), the boxes filled up my little brothers E class Merc Estate. On the subject of Bargain Street - they do some incredible deals on Electricals, I bought my PC (a Sony PCV - RS402 with TFT monitor for a hundred quid less than PC World were selling the tower on its' own) When my new toys arrived home - the first job was to visit the local Pioneer Specialists to work out what connections and how much cabling I'd need, also to get some ideas how to set it all up. The Second job was to rearrange the lounge to make it all fit and then to set it all up - which actually wasn't that difficult. All of the Instructions were well written and really straightforward. The hardest thing was to set up the speakers to get the best sound. The final job was to dispose of all of the polystyrene and cardboard boxes, not to mention plastic bags.
Like the CD Player the Amp came in its' own substantial box, not the lightest piece of equipment (9kg - that's heavier than the CD Player - which I thought was heavy), together with 47 pages of well written and detailed instructions covering every aspect of its' use, a remote control (with batteries) and a Loop antennae and a wire antennae. It's black and is fairly large, (420mm[W] x 158mm[H] x 393mm[D]). It looks like a really solid and well made piece of equipment and has excellent build quality. Mine was manufactured in July 2003 (it tells you on the guarantee). I bought it February 2004 it has played thousands of hours since without any problems at all. I use Radio, CD's and also DVD's all of which play through the Amp. So its' had a lot of use. Pioneer don't half make good quality products.Setting it up was a bit more complicated than the CD Player. Primarily because everything is wired into the Receiver. So the first job was to sit down with the instruction manual and read it through a few times. As I've already explained it is well written, a non techie like me can easily understand and follow it. I basically started at the beginning and worked through setting it all up. One of the most useful bits in the instructions, for me at least, was a section on speaker placement, even down to a little plan showing which speakers go where. The plan shows an overhead view - so there is no confusion over left and right. I have to say it probably took a couple of hours to set everything up and to position and re-position the speakers and to set up the relative volume of each channel receiver etc , its' all in the instructions.
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