Direct Energy Amplifier: The Direct Energy Amplifier creates a wide
range frequency response that makes it ideal for reproducing new high resolution
audio formats. With this proprietary amplifier design, Pioneer's engineers have
found the key to managing the wide fluctuations in heat that can significantly
alter the overall audio performance of each of the discrete amplified channels.
By utilizing a new temperature compensation circuitry of the temperature
fluctuations are effectively minimized between channels to maintain high quality
audio from all connected devices. The Direct Energy amplifier also features a
low impedance, high current, and compact circuit design to maximize performance
in the critical output stages.
80-Watt x 5.1ch Amplifier: The Pioneer VSX-822-K
Multi-Channel A/V receiver is equipped with a 5-channel amplifier rated at 80
watts (into 8-ohms, at 20Hz-20kHz, with 0.08% THD, driving 2 channels) and a
dedicated subwoofer (LFE) preamp output.
192kHz/24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter: This receiver is
equipped with 192kHz/24-bit DACs to decode and playback high-resolution
recordings with clearer sound.
Texas Instruments Aureus DSP Engine: The Pioneer VSX-822-K is equipped
with a Texas Instruments (TI) Aureus Digital Signal Processor (DSP) Engine for
better surround sound reproduction.
MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System): The VSX-822-K
features Pioneer's exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system (MCACC),
providing a near studio-quality, multi-channel listening experience customized
specifically to your listening environment. The Auto Multi-Channel Acoustic
Calibration (MCACC) setup measures the acoustic characteristic of your listening
area, taking into account ambient noise, speaker size and distance, and tests
for both channel delay and channel level. The included microphone measures every
speaker's connection, and notes its size, distance from the listening point,
sound levels, and timbre to calibrate and maximize performance specifically for
your room. After you have setup the microphone provided with the VSX-822-K,
the receiver uses the information from a series of test tones to optimize the
speaker settings and equalization for your particular room.
Note: The receiver also offers Manual Speaker Setup. You can
manually set the Speaker Size (small/large), Crossover Network frequencies
(50/80/100/150/200Hz), Channel Level
for all speakers (test tone), and Speaker Distance (0.1-25.5') from your listening position.
Audio Connections: Here is a lists of some of the audio
connections that you'll find on the VSX-822-K A/V receiver.
- Digital Inputs: The Pioneer receiver is equipped with one
optical digital input and one coaxial digital input.
- Speaker Outputs: The receiver has binding post
terminals for all speaker outputs (Front L/R, Center, and Surround L/R). The
binding posts can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and single banana plugs.
The terminals are spaced too far apart for dual banana plugs. The collar
surrounding the binding post terminals prevent the use of spade connectors.
- Surround Back/Front Height Pre-Out: The AV receiver is
equipped with a pair of Surround Back/Front-Height Pre-Outs, so you can connect
a secondary amplifier to power a pair Surround Back (DD+, TrueHD, DTS-HD) or
Front-Height (DPL IIz) speakers for 7.1ch surround.
- Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size
1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.
Listening Modes: The Pioneer VSX-822-K offers a variety of listening modes to
accommodate playback of various audio formats.
is output by the front left and right speakers and subwoofer.|
unit equalizes playback of sound levels when your music tracks are
recorded at different volume levels. |
additional effects (tone control, etc.) are added to the stereo
|Dolby Pro Logic|
|Dolby Pro Logic II ||Dolby
Pro Logic II transforms high-quality stereo sound into 5.1-channel
surround sound. Thanks to its full-range performance, you will hear
all the detail and subtleties of a compelling five-channel Dolby
surround sound mix from a stereo signal. You can choose between
three DPL II modes - Movie, Music, or Game.|
|Dolby Pro Logic IIx ||Dolby
Pro Logic IIx transforms high-quality stereo and 5.1ch sound into
6.1- or 7.1-cchannel surround sound. With Dolby Pro Logic IIx you
experience engaging, natural surround sound. Special effects are
more realistic than you ever thought possible. Your movies and
television programming sound richer, with more depth. You can choose
between three DPL IIx modes - Movie, Music, or Game.|
Dolby Pro Logic IIz||
Providing a dramatic listening alternative for 7.1 systems, Dolby
Pro Logic IIz brings the added dimension of height to create an
immersive 7.1-channel surround sound experience from any stereo,
5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 movie, music, TV, or game audio source. Dolby Pro
Logic IIz identifies and processes ambient sound energy and directs
this information to front height speakers in a 7.1-channel
Digital has been selected as the default format for DVD video,
standard 2 channel audio playback and HDTV Digital broadcasting.
Dolby Digital features two independent surround channels giving same
full range as the three front channels. Plus it adds a Low Frequency
Effect channel LFE. Dolby Digital accomplishes this by using a
technique called compression. |
|Dolby Digital EX||Dolby Digital EX takes the Dolby Digital 5.1-channel
setup one step further with an additional center surround channel
(reproduced through one or two speakers) for extra dimensional
detail and an enveloping surround sound effect.|
|Dolby Digital Plus||Dolby Digital Plus is based on core Dolby Digital
technologies. Dolby Digital Plus is an advancedsurround sound audio codec
designed specifically for evolving media. Dolby Digital Plus brings
cinematic sound to Blu-ray,
broadcast, online, game, and mobile phone entertainment (up to
|Dolby Digital TrueHD||Dolby
TrueHD produces audio that is identical to and every bit as
spectacular as the master recording. It lets you experience the full
potential of Blu-ray Disc (up to 7.1ch), and is even ready for
future HD delivery formats.|
(Digital Theater Systems) uses the same concept as Dolby Digital,
but implements a lower compression rate. This leads to more dynamic
range, improved channel separation, and more subtle nuances.|
|DTS-HD ||High Resolution Audio||DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is an improvedversion of the
conventional DTS, DTS-ES andDTS 96/24 signals formats,
compatible with sampling frequencies of 96 or 48 kHz and up
to 7.1 channels of
discrete digital sound. High databit rate performance
provides high quality sound.This format is fully
compatible with conventionalproducts, including
conventional DTS digital surround 5.1-channel data.|
|Master Audio||DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless audio format
created by Digital Theater System (DTS). This format provides the
facility to support up to 8 audio channels with a sampling frequency
of 96kHz/24bit resolution and up to 6 audio channels with a sampling
frequency of 192kHz/24bit resolution. It is fully compatible with
conventional products, including conventional DTS digital surround
|DTS 96/24||DTS 96/24
offers a higher quality level of multi-channel audio (up to 5.1
channels) for standard DVDs. The "96" refers to a 96kHz sampling
rate (compared to the typical 48kHz sampling rate.) The "24" refers
to 24-bit depth, compared to 16-bit depth used for CD sound, which
means there is more audio information present.|
uses a system called DTS Express to deliver Secondary or Sub Audio
to your player. The DTS Express audio is mixed with the Primary
Audio, giving you an intensely great interactive surround
delivers 6.1 channels of discrete or matrixed audio. Movies encoded
in DTS-ES will dramatically intensify the DTS surround effect with
the addition of a surround center-channel speaker. |
|DTS Neo: 6||DTS
Neo:6 takes 2-channel (stereo) audio and completely transforms it
into up to six full-bandwidth matrix channels of surround sound.
Your home theater system will produce six and five separate
channels, respectively, to match your speaker layout. DTS Neo:6 can
also generate a center surround channel from 5.1 material. You can
choose between two DTS NEO: 6 modes - Cinema or Music.|
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be
selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital
audio connection (HDMI, optical or coaxial). Even though the AV receiver
will decode 7.1channel surround sound (via HDMI), it will only output 5.1ch
surround, because it lacks Surround Back channel speaker outputs (unless you
connect an addition Surround Back amplifier to the receiver's SB/FH
Pre-Outs). Pro Logic IIz requires additional Front-Height speakers connected
to a separate amplifier using the receiver's Surround Back/Front-Height
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround
- Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in
the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements
you can adjust:
- Panorama: Broadens the front stereo image to the
surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective
when there is limited output from the surround channels, panorama can be
turned on/off in the menu.
- Dimension: Allows you to move the sound field
forward or backward.
- Center Width: Allows you to adjust the width of the
- Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image
feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the
center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less
dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel,
especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 7
(nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut
- Height Gain: Adjust the volume (Low/Mid/High) of the
Front Height channels in Dolby Pro Logic IIz.
Advanced Surround: The Advanced Surround feature creates a variety of
surround effects for various soundtracks.
|Action||Designed for action movies with dynamic
|Drama||Designed for movies with lots of dialog.|
|Entertainment Show||Suitable for musical sources.|
|Advanced Game||Suitable for video games.|
|Sports||Suitable for sports programs.|
|F.S.S. (Front Stage Surround
Advance Advanced)||Allows you to create natural surround sound
effects using just the front speakers and the subwoofer. |
|Classical||Gives a large convert hall-type sound|
|Rock/Pop||Creates a live concert sound for rock and/or pop
|Unplugged||Suitable for acoustic music sources.|
|Ext. Stereo||Gives multichannel sound to a stereo source,
using all of your speakers. |
|Sound Retriever AIR||Suitable for listening to the sound from a
Bluetooth wireless device. |
|Phones Surround||When listening through headphones, you can still
get a virtual surround sound effect.|
Stream Direct: Use the Stream Direct modes when you want to hear the
truest possible reproduction of a source. All unnecessary signal processing is
Stream Direct Modes
|Auto Surround||The receiver automatically detects what kind of
source you're playing and selects multichannel or stereo playback
as necessary. |
|Direct||Sources are heard according to the settings made
in the Manual Speaker Setup (speaker setting, channel level, speaker
distance), as well as with dual mono settings. You will hear sources
according to the number of channel in the signal. |
|Pure Direct||Analog and PCM sources are heard without and
digital processing. |
Advanced Sound Retriever: Even compressed audio such as WMA, MP3, and
AAC is enhanced with another Pioneer exclusive, Advanced Sound Retriever, by
filling in areas where subtle details were left out during the compression
process. When audio data is removed during the compression process, sound
quality often suffers from an uneven sound image. The Sound Retriever feature
employs new DSP technology that helps bring CD quality sound back to compressed
2-channel audio by restoring sound pressure and smoothing jagged artifacts left
over after compression.
Phase Control: The A/V receiver's Phase Control feature uses phase
correction measurements to make sure your system's sound arrives at the
listening position in phase, preventing unwanted distortion and/or coloring of
the sound. Phase Control technology provides coherent sound reproduction through
the use of phase matching for an optimal sound image at your listening position.
Up Mix Function: In a traditional 7.1-channel surround system with
surround speakers placed directly at the sides of the listening position, the
surround sound of 5.1-channels sources is heard from the side. The Up Mix
function mixes the sound of the surround speakers with the surround back
speakers so that the surround sound is heard from diagonally to the rear as it
Audio Level Controls: The Pioneer VSX-822-K offers a variety of audio
level controls to enhance your listening experience.
- Auto Level Control: The Auto Level Control equalizes volume
differences between portable audio tracks or television programming and
eliminates jarring volume changes.
- Dynamic Range Control: This function adjusts the level of dynamic
range for movie soundtracks optimized for Dolby Digital/DTS formats. This
feature is helpful when listening to Dolby Digital/DTS soundtracks at low volume
- Midnight Listening: The Midnight Listening mode allows you to hear
effective surround sound of movies at lower volumes.
- Loudness: The Loudness function is used to get good bass and treble
from music sources at low volumes.
- LFE Attenuate: Dolby Digital and DTS audio sources can include
ultra-low bass tones. Set the LFE Attenuator as necessary to prevent the ultra
low bass tones from distorting the sound from the speakers. The LFE attenuator
can be set to 0, -5, -10, -15, or -20 dB.
AM/FM Tuner: The Pioneer VSX-822-K is equipped with a built-in AM/FM
tuner with 30 preset stations. For easier identification, you can name all of
your saved preset stations. The receiver includes an external indoor AM loop
antenna and FM wire antenna.
Video Inputs: The Pioneer VSX-822-K is equipped with six HDMI 1.4a inputs (up to 1080/24p capable)
that let you connect a
high-definition satellite receiver, Blu-ray Disc player, and game system for
high definition video and audio. There are two composite video inputs (480i only)
- HDMI: The receiver is equipped with six HDMI (v.1.4a)
inputs for connecting HDMI-equipped audio/video components. All six HDMI
inputs are capable of carrying uncompressed digital audio and 3D 1080p video
There is also an HDMI (v.1.4a) output which supports the ARC function that
feeds audio/video signals to an HDTV.
- Composite: The two composite video inputs will only
support 480i video signals.
Note: The receiver does not convert video signals. It
can only output the same type of signals that it receives. The receiver is
capable of receiving and sending HDMI and Composite Video
3D-Ready: The Pioneer VSX-822-K is compatible with 3D-ready
Blu-ray disc movies, video games, and other 3D content through its HDMI (v.1.4a)
Note: 3D viewing requires 3D-ready source with 3D
content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D glasses, and high-speed HDMI cable. Other 3D
accessories may also be needed.
Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The VSX-822-K also supports
Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than
standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.
A/V Sync: Some monitors have a slight delay when showing video, so the
soundtrack will be slightly out of sync with the picture. The receiver can
automatically correct this problem (via HDMI) or it can be fixed manually.
- Auto Delay: This feature automatically corrects the
audio-to-video delay between components connected with an HDMI cable. The
audio delay time is set depending on the operational status of the displayed
connected with an HDMI cable. The video delay time is automatically adjusted
according to the audio delay time.
- A/V Delay: By manually adding a bit of delay (0-9), you can adjust
the sound to match the presentation of the video.
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be
sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable
already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the
need for extra cables connected to your television.
HDMI Standby Through: HDMI Standby Through mode lets video and audio signals
pass through the VSX-822-K to the TV even when the receiver is off. You can
select between 3 HDMI Through functions modes.
- Last: The HDMI Through function is activated on the
input source selected at the time of setting the AV receiver to the
- Source: Selects the input source (BD, DVD, Sat/Cable,
Game) for which the HDMI Through function in enabled.
- Off: The HDMI signal will be output during standby mode.
Ethernet (LAN) Port: The Pioneer VSX-822-K is fitted with a
rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) Port. By connecting this receiver to the your
home network via the LAN terminal (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX), you can play audio
files stored on your computer, listen to Internet Radio (via vTuner & Pandora),
and stream iTunes via AirPlay.
vTuner Internet Radio: The Pioneer VSX-822-K receiver
supports vTuner Internet Radio, so you can enjoy 1,000's of internet radio
stations from around the world. vTuner Internet radio is an audio broadcasting
service transmitted via the Internet. There are a large number of Internet radio
stations broadcasting a variety of services from every corner of the world. Some
are hosted, managed, and broadcast by private individuals while others are by
the corresponding traditional terrestrial radio stations or radio networks.
Whereas terrestrial, or OTA (over-the-air), radio stations are geographically
restricted on the range of radio waves broadcast from a transmitter through the
air, Internet radio stations are accessible from anywhere in the world, as long
as there is a connection to the Internet, as services are not transmitted
through the air, but are delivered over the World Wide Web. You can select Internet radio stations by
genre, as well as by region.
Note: The list of Internet Radio Stations on this A/V
receiver is created, edited, and managed by the vTuner database service
exclusively for this receiver.
Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is personalized internet
radio that is designed to help you discover new music you'll loved mixed in with
music you already know. The Pioneer A/V receiver allows you to access your saved
Pandora Internet Radio stations and select which station to play. You must have
a registered Pandora account in order to listen to your Pandora Internet Radio
Note: Pandora Internet Radio is only available in the
DLNA Certified (1.5): The Pioneer VSX-822-K is DLNA 1.5
certified. This means you can stream your MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, or even FLAC music
files from your Windows PC or laptop to the Pioneer A/V receiver. This unit
allows for the streaming of audio files stored on the following devices.
- PCs running Microsoft Windows Vista or XP with Windows Media Player 11
- PCs running Microsoft Windows 7 with Windows Media Player 12 installed.
- DLNA-compatible digital media servers (on PCs or other components).
Playable File Formats: The Home Media Gallery feature of
this receiver supports the following file formats.
|MP3||8-320 kbps||32, 44.1, 48 kHz|
|FLAC||16-bit, 24-bit||32, 44.1, 48, 88.2,
96, 176.4, 192 kHz|
Favorites: Up to 65 of your favorite tracks on your media
server and/or Internet radio stations can be registered in the A/V receiver's
Favorites folder for easier access.
Parental Lock: You can set restrictions for using Internet
services. These restrictions are protected by a user pass-code.
USB Port: It is possible to play audio files and JPEG
still-image files by connecting a
USB mass storage class memory device (such as your USB thumbdrive, smartphone,
tablet, or Android device) to the A/V receiver's front-panel USB
(type-A) port. Slideshows of photo files can be played while listening to music
files. Compatible USB devices must be mass storage class compliant and formatted in FAT16/32. The
receiver's remote control can be used for basic playback of files stored on your
USB memory device. The USB function of this receiver supports the following file
|MP3||8-320 kbps||32, 44.1, 48 kHz|
|WMA||32-320 kbps||32, 44.1, 48 kHz|
|AAC||16-320 kbps||32, 44.1, 48 kHz|
|Flac||16-bit, 24-bit||32, 44.1, 48, 88.2,
96, 176.4, 192 kHz|
Note: Copyrighted and DRM-protected audio files cannot
be played back. Not compatible with all USB devices. This receiver does not
support USB hubs.
AirPlay: With AirPlay you can stream music from iTunes to
the VSX-822-K and play it through your home theater system. Simply connect the
receiver to your home network via Ethernet or Pioneer's optional wireless
adapter (AS-WL300, sold separately) and it instantly becomes the hub for
playback of your iTunes music from your connected Apple device or networked
computer. You can even use the receiver to view metadata including song title,
artist as well as album art on a connected display monitor. DownloadApple's
free "Remote" application and your can use your Apple device as the remote
Note: AirPlay supports PCs or MACs with iTunes 10.1 or
later. AirPlay is compatible with the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad with iOS 4.2 or later.
Direct iPod/iPhone/iPad Connection: The Pioneer VSX-822-K's
front-panel USB port and A/V input (via the included USB/video cable) allows you
to control playback of audio/video content from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad using
the controls of this receiver. You can enjoy music, videos, still-images, and
apps stored on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad through the Pioneer A/V receiver
(videos/photos are output via composite video only). You can control your iPod,
iPhone, or iPad device directly; or from the VSX-822-K's included IR remote,
front-panel display, and on-screen menu (via HDMI only). You can browse songs stored on your iPod, iPhone, or
iPad by Playlist, Artist, Album, song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, Audiobook, or
Shuffle. You must use the clickwheel or touchscreen of your Apple device for
video and photo control. The Apple device will charge automatically when
Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or
iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to
connect to the head unit. These Apple devices are limited to audio playback
only (no video out).
iPod/iPhone/iPad Compatibility Chart: The VSX-822-K is "Made for
iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible and supports the following iPod, iPhone, and iPad
devices (as of 9/27/2012):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||AirPlay||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Album Art||Artist/Song Text||Track Info |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If
this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is
Firmware Upgrades: You can download firmware updates from
the Pioneer website for the VSX-822-K using the unit's front-panel USB port and
thumbdrive (sold separately). Visit
Pioneer's A/V Receiver Support Site for the latest firmware updates.
On-Screen GUI (Graphical User Interface): The VSX-822-K
features an advanced, full-color On-Screen GUI for use with the included remote,
so you can make guided adjustments to your home theater sound. The On-Screen GUI
is only visible when connecting the receiver to your television via HDMI.
Display Dimmer: You can dim or brighten the receiver's front-panel
display. The brightness level can be controlled in four steps.
Sleep Timer: The receiver's Sleep Timer function can be set to 30, 60,
or 90 minutes.
Auto Power Down: This function automatically turns off the power when
the receiver has not operated for several hours.
Multibrand Remote Control: The supplied IR wireless remote
control is designed to control the Pioneer A/V receiver and other Pioneer
audio/video components. You can enter preset codes to control other
manufactures' components, such as Blu-ray/DVD players, Blu-ray/DVD recorders, CD
players/recorders, Satellite/cable boxes, and televisions.
HDMI Control: The Pioneer VSX-822-K supports the HDMI
Control function. With HDMI Control, you can synchronize operation between the
Pioneer A/V receiver and your HDMI CEC-compatible TV or Blu-ray disc player
(equipment must be connected via HDMI). HDMI Control Functions included:
- Synchronized Amp Mode: The receiver's volume can be set
and the sound can be muted from the TV's remote control.
- Power Synchronization: The receiver and your connected
TV will power On/Off at the same time.
- Automatic Switching Inputs: The receiver's input
switches over automatically when the TV's input is changed or your Blu-ray
player starts playback.
Note: Not all HDMI CEC-compatible components will be
supported by this receiver.
Pioneer ControlApp: You can control the VSX-822-K with your
iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or select Android smartphones from your home network
with Pioneer's exclusive ControlApp. With ControlApp you can operate the
following functions of the Pioneer A/V receiver from your compatible Apple
or Android device.
- Select stand-by On/Off
- Select input (source)
- Browse and select music files on your connected music server
- Select Internet Radio stations
- Basic operations such as Play, Pause, Skip, and Stop from USB memory or
a server connected to the network
Note: The Pioneer ControlApp can be downloaded fromiTunes (coming soon) and supports the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad (requires iOS 4.3
or later). The Pioneer ControlApp can be downloaded from the
Android Market and supports Android (2.3.7-up) devices.
Bluetooth Ready (optional): The Pioneer AS-BT200 Stereo
Bluetooth Adapter (130ASBT200,
sold separately) lets you wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth enabled
audio device to the Pioneer VSX-822-K A/V receiver. Now, instead of being
limited to headphones to listen to the music stored on your portable device or
computer; you can enjoy your music wirelessly from your iPod touch, iPhone,
iPad, BlackBerry, Android or other smartphone; as well as your PC, laptop,
tablet, or many other A2DP profile Bluetooth-enabled devices directly from the
Pioneer VSX-822-K A/V receiver. The AS-BT200 connects to a proprietary port on
the back of all the Pioneer A/V receiver.
Air Jam: Pioneer's exclusive Air Jam App has been designed
in-house by Pioneer for select Apple and Android devices. With Air Jam, you and your friends can connect up to 4 Apple
or Android devices
to make a group playlist on
your home theater system through the Pioneer VSX-822-K, via Pioneer's AS-BT200 Stereo Bluetooth
Adapter (sold separately).
Note: The Pioneer Air Jam app can be downloaded from
iTunes and supports the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad (requires iOS 4.2
or later). The Pioneer Air Jam app can also be downloaded from the
Android Market and supports the Samsung Galaxy S2 (OS2.2), GalaxyS II