Pioneer VSX-516 Receiver Review
At $199, the Pioneer VSX-516 is the definition of "budget" receiver. I used the VSX-516 for a couple of weeks, the review period was tight so I couldn't spend as much time as I would have liked, but I will say that I found this unit to be an able performer at any price point. At no time did I have a problem with the unit identifying the correct decoder. Does it do bass management on multi-channel music? No. Does it do upconverting? No. Does it have a million inputs and outputs? No. But does it really have to? I don't think so. At this price point, this unit provides nearly everything you need and some things you don't. All that, and the defaults of the unit are set in such a way that if you just turn it on and go through the Quickstart... 90% of your settings will be correct. For Joe Consumer, that is exactly what you want. So bottom line, if this unit has the number and type of inputs you need, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
At $199, the Pioneer VSX-516 is the definition of "budget" receiver. I found the Pioneer VSX-516 to be an able performer at any price point. If it has the inputs you need, we recommend it!