Manufacturer: Pioneer Part number: SC-1523-K
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Pioneer SC-1523-K A Beast!
by Hubbs12 on February 26, 2014
Pros: Sound is excellent, very crisp and clear
Display is clean and easy to read
Lots of features and capability
Cons: Lack of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities
Summary: As entertainment devices move towards HD (and now 4K), home theater owners are faced with limitations often related to the amount of HDMI inputs a receiver has available to use. ...
Summary: As entertainment devices move towards HD (and now 4K), home theater owners are faced with limitations often related to the amount of HDMI inputs a receiver has available to use. In my case, prior to getting the SC-1523-K I owned an Onkyo HT with 4 HDMI inputs, there was a time in which that worked for me, but in a HT with 2 BD players, a WiiU, HD cable, a PS3 and next month, a PS4, that receiver was not going to be enough. The SC-1523-K takes care of that problem by including 9 HDMI inputs to be used, not bad, not bad at all.
The SC-1523-K is a beast, in all senses. Starting with it dimensions (17.13" x 7.31" x 15.56" (W x H x D)), be prepared to make some room for it. This is actually a problem I am having, my devices are placed in a Bell'O stand in which this receiver barely fits, being an obsessive person, this does not work for me; the last thing I want to do is block the ventilation of the SC-1523-K, so a temporary workaround was to place it on a small table next to the stand. One thing I have noticed though, is that when used, it does not actually generate too much heat, which has me considering to give it a try and place it on the stand to see how that works. Either way, I thought it was worth mentioning in case this may be a factor to any potential buyers. Besides its larger size, I was surprised it was not as heavy as it looked it would be, I am not saying it's light and easy to carry but for a device this size I found it not that heavy (I was able to carry it and place it on the table on my own)
Coming from a smaller Onkyo HT, I found the configuration to be very time consuming. It uses class 2 wiring and while plugging cables may not be a difficult task, configuring the speakers and the device overall proved to be quite the task. I too found the lack of a printed manual unacceptable (you can download it as a .PDF file), I am not against saving paper and understand it may have been a cost effective decision for Pioneer, but being among cables on the floor and playing around with the device while holding a tablet (other may use a computer) was not user friendly at all. For a receiver on this price range I don't think asking for a printed manual would be too much. In the end, I had to use the basic mode which walks you through if you do not want (or have the time) to mess around with all the setting available. Using a 5.1 configuration (with plans to expand in the near future) the results were amazing, sound is quite clear and tuning up the volume does not result in distortions of any kind. My 2 year old Onkyo used to give me some HDMI bridging issues with certain devices and that does not seem to be a problem with the SC-1523-K so far.
A couple of the advantaged this receiver offers are the ability to connect to networks via Wi-Fi and the use of Bluetooth devices, unfortunately you need to buy the required plug-ins separately. I own a small 2.1 Onkyo that was way cheaper than this and that does have built-in Bluetooth functionality! Again, for a device in this price range would I be wrong to expect those capabilities as a given? On the plus side, the SC-1523-K is 4K ready, so should you have or plan on upgrading it should do the work just fine. Also you can connect it directly to any LAN network (required cables obviously not included)
The remote is quite cumbersome at first and in my opinion not very well designed, as an alternative, you can get the Pioneer iControlav2013 app that allows you to control the receiver from an iPhone or iPad; the app may not be the best but it is easier to use and get used to than the remote, so at least we have a choice.
In the 30 days+ I have been using it I have not encountered any problems with it, should that change, I will make sure to get back and update my review. I am not expecting (or wanting) for something to happen but with this kind of devices you never know. Would I recommend it? Definitely, and mostly since price has dropped. It has too many advantages that kind of makes you overlook the lack of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. The SC-1523-K is basically the center of my HT with all my devices going through it. It may take a lot of time to connect and set up everything but once you see/hear the results, it is well worth it.
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Thank for reading, I hope it helps.
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- Manufacturer: Pioneer
- Part number: SC-1523-K
- Product type Network AV receiver
- Surround System Class 9.2 channel
- Built-in Decoders Dolby TrueHD,
Dolby Pro Logic IIz,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
- THX certified Yes (THX Select 2 Plus)
- Apple AirPlay AirPlay built-in
- Additional Features Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration Circuit (MCACC),
Pioneer Sound Enhancements,
Advanced Surround Modes,
DLNA 1.5 certified,
Compatible with Windows 8,
AVNavigator for easy wiring and setup with PC, Mac or iPad,
Graphical User Interface (GUI),
Smartphone Remote Control App (iOS/Android),
Stream Smoother/Stream Smoother Link,
Frame Rate Conversion (60i/p to 24p),
Triple HD Noise Reduction,
Advanced Video Adjustment,
Air Jam App Ready (iOS and Android OS) (optional AS-BT200 adapter required)
Networking & Digital Media
- Connectivity Bluetooth ready, adapter sold separately ,
Wi-Fi ready, adapter sold separately ,
Android Audio/Video Playback w/ MHL,
- Internet streaming services Pandora,
- HDMI features Ultra HD (4K) Upscaling and Pass-Through,
1080p/24fps Scaler with Qdeo,
Deep Color ,
Supports 3D video
- Type of remote control Learning remote control