7.1-Channel 3D Ready Elite A/V Receiver

  • Made for iPod®, iPhone®, iPad® Certified, Featuring AirPlay
  • iControlAV2 App for iPhone / iPad free on the App Store*
  • Pioneer Air Jam App. Connect via Bluetooth® to share music and create playlist (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad)
  • Anchor Bay 1080p® Video Scaler
  • 2-Zone Multi-Room A/V



The Elite VSX-51 receiver arrives with many connectivity and control options, all designed to give the genuine home theater enthusiast only one: the truest, most realistic fidelity for your home entertainment experience. Designed for those who settle for nothing less than the very best in audio and video, the state-of-the-art performance and specifications of the exceptional VSX-51 are the result of uncompromising standards of engineering, manufacturing and testing. Living up to its name, and reputation, the Elite VSX-51 simply delivers a home entertainment experience others can’t.

VSX-51 Overview

The Power of Connectivity. The Power of Elite.

In a world where content is everywhere, access means everything. The new Elite VSX-51 offers Ethernet connectivity, opening the gates for a number of new and exciting features. From AirPlay to a host of control options and Pioneer-exclusive apps, the network-connected VSX-51 has the power to transform your living room into a truly connected home theater.

The Power of Connectivity


AirPlay is a revolutionary way of enjoying your music anywhere in your home, and the VSX-51 is AirPlay compatible right out of the box. Wirelessly push music from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or your iTunes®-running Mac or PC directly to the receiver so you can enjoy all your favorite music in your living room through the big speakers. Use your iPhone or iPad device’s familiar controls to change the volume and switch songs, all while viewing iTunes album art on your TV. And with the VSX-51’s multi-zone capability, you can even enjoy your iTunes music in a second room while you’re watching the latest Blu-ray title in another.


DLNA Certified® 1.5

Since music is meant to be shared, not stored, the VSX-51 is DLNA 1.5 Certified, which means you can pull your MP3, WMA, AAC, and even high-resolution FLAC and WAV files directly from your Windows-based PC to the receiver via your home network. Use the VSX-51’s convenient on-screen display to browse through your music library, complete with album art, while your living room is filled with pure, high-resolution audio. Network connection can be made through the Ethernet port or with the AS-WL300 wireless LAN adapter (sold separately).


Pioneer Air Jam App

It’s never been easier to create music playlists and share them with friends. Available as a free download for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, our exclusive Air Jam application is revolutionizing the way you share your music. Up to 4 Apple devices can be paired via Bluetooth® to create a group playlist. Once connected wirelessly, you can choose songs from your device to add to the playlist to play back on the VSX-51. You can view the group playlist on each device. “Like” it and you have the option of purchasing it from iTunes or watching the music video on YouTube.



You can also easily bring thousands of high quality internet radio stations into your living room for endless music entertainment with vTuner. Easily add stations to your favorites and view song info on your TV through the VSX-51’s on-screen display.


HDMI 1.4

The VSX-51 receiver supports the latest HDMI 1.4 specification, meaning you're not just getting the most out of your existing movies and music, you're preparing for the next generation of 3D video content. With 6 HDMI inputs including 1 on the front panel, you've got more than enough connectivity options for the growing number of high-definition sources available today.


Apple Ready

We have always embraced developing technologies, and the Apple revolution is no exception. As passionate Apple users ourselves, Elite understands how deeply expectations run. That’s one reason the VSX-51 is fully ready for out-of-the-box plug and play convenience and compatibility. In every device – iPod, iPhone and iPad – Apple enthusiasts carry a wealth of audio and video content that can now be delivered seamlessly into the experience of high definition multi-channel home theater.

Apple Solution
AirPlay – Having been an early leader in building AirPlay into our receivers, we have an intimate understanding of how to bring your iTunes library to your home theater system. It’s just one more way Elite receivers offer a truly seamless Apple experience.  
Made for iPod, iPhone and iPad – We believe entertainment should be first and foremost an emotional experience. The Elite VSX-51 provides unparalleled marriage of home theater and your Apple products, allowing you to enjoy both audio and video with the included A/V cable, all while your device charges.  
iControlAV2 App – Placing even more home entertainment control in the hands of enthusiasts, our iControlAV2 App, available free from the App store, lets you control volume, bass, balance and room settings. Formatted for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, it gives you complete control of your network connected receiver and compatible Pioneer Blu-ray Disc® players through an easy-to-use, powerful interface.  

Total Control

Control is at the core of the home theater experience. And the Elite VSX-51 makes sure you can customize and fine-tune your home theater experience to exactly the way you enjoy it most.

An industry-first, Pioneer's AVNavigator truly is an interactive owner’s manual that takes all the guesswork out of setting up your receiver. AVNavigator uses your networked PC to communicate directly with the VSX-51, walking you through the entire set-up of your home theater, step-by-step.

The VSX-51 also offers Multi-Zone audio and video with an on-screen display that gives you premium, customized audio entertainment throughout your home.

Additionally, the VSX-51 has been independently tested and certified by custom partners Control 4, Crestron, AMX, RTI, Universal Remote and Savant ensuring seamless integration that gives you a wide choice of advanced control options for IP, Serial, and IR commands. The VSX-51 is the perfect choice for a customized home installation.

Total Control

Elite Video Processing

Drawing on Elite’s long history as an industry leader in high performance video and tuning techniques, we’ve designed image enhancement and fine-tuning for each video source into the VSX-51 to maximize your TV’s performance.

It converts analog video signals to HDMI and scales both analog and digital signals up to 1080p/24fps resolution to best match your TV’s capabilities.

Elite understands that extraordinary audio and video reproduction is merely the price of entry. With unprecedented level of control and sophistication for the serious enthusiast, the VSX-51 delivers all these technologies to create the quintessential home theater experience, both now and in the future.

Advanced Video Processing
  • Direct Energy
  • 7.1
  • 90
  • 550
Handheld and Internet
  • iPod/iPhone/iPad
  • 4th gen Nano and above / iPhone, 3G, 3GS, 4 / iPad, iPad2
  • iControlAV2 (iPad, iPhone, Android)
  • vTuner
  • Yes
  • WAV, MP3, WMA, iPod Digital, JPEG
  • LPCM, WAV 192kHz, MP3, ACC, WMA, FLAC 96kHz
Decoders & Formats
  • TI Aureus
  • Yes
Soundfield Calibration
  • Plus
  • Advanced
  • 9
  • 6
  • 1/2 Inch
Listening Modes
  • Multi-Channel
  • Direct / Pure Direct
  • 15 + Headphone Surround
  • Yes (Focus/Wide)
Audio Features
  • Multi-Channel
  • HDMI Bitstream
  • Multi-Channel / Auto
  • 2 Channel
  • 10-Frames
  • Front Channel
Video Processing
  • Anchor Bay up to 1080p
  • Advanced Video Adjust - SD Sources Progressive Motion - YNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black level
  • 6 In / 1 Out
  • AS-BT100 or AS-BT200
  • 2 In / 1 Out
  • Front USB / Composite Video
  • Yes (MP3 / WMA / WAV / JPEG)
  • 4 In / 1 Out
  • 2 In / 1 Out
  • 4 In / 1 Out
  • .1 (Sub)
  • HDMI / USB / Composite Video
  • 63
  • GUI with Album Art
  • 2 Zone A/V
  • DVD / TV / Sat / DVR / Video / Home Media Gallery / iPod USB / CD / Tape / Tuner / Adapter Port / Sirius
  • Yes (2)
  • 1 In / 1 Out
  • Yes
  • Ethernet / USB
  • Bi-Amp / Zone 2 / B-Speaker / Surround Back / Front Height / Front Width
  • Learning
  • Hairline
  • All
  • 3 Years
  • 17.13 x 6.61 x 14.27
  • 22.04 lbs
  • AS-WL300


    Wireless Network Adapter for Compatible A/V Receivers & Blu-ray Disc Players

  • AS-BT200


    Stereo Bluetooth Adapter

Updated 02/29/2012