Pioneer VSX-43 7.1 Elite A/V Receiver


Introduction to the Pioneer VSX-43 Elite Receiver

Back in my college days, I had a roommate that had a nice stereo Pioneer receiver. It cost him a few hundred bucks. Since it was pre-digital, the inputs were pretty basic. Simply hook up to a cassette deck and turntable and we reveled in the audiophile sounds that its 30 watts/channel produced. Ah, the 70's were the "golden era" of audio. Point being, everybody has to start somewhere in their journey to musical nirvana. Fast forward to 2013 and now for around $500 you can get a 7.1 surround, network capable, DSP loaded, phone/Android integrated, Bluetooth, 80 watt/channel Elite receiver from Pioneer. True, the VSX-43 is their entry level Elite receiver, but it is packed with features that would have cost you a lot of money, even just a few years ago. But does the VSX-43 have what it takes to be the brain and brawn you are looking for in a modern home entertainment system?


  • Design: 7.1 A/V Receiver
  • Codecs: All, Including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Amplifier: 80 Watts x 7
  • DACs: 24/192
  • DSP: TI Aureus
  • Distance Adjustment: 0.1 Feet
  • Stream Direct: Direct, Pure Direct
  • Bi-Ampable Front Channel
  • 4K Ultra HD Pass-Through
  • 3-D Ready
  • Zone 2
  • Height Speakers Configurable
  • Dimensions: 6.6" H x 17.1" W x 13.5" D
  • Weight : 20.4 Pounds
  • MSRP: $500 USD
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