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*
  • THX® Select2 Plus Processing & Certification




No system you’ve had before quite prepares you for the startling realistic impact of the new Pioneer Elite VSX-52 A/V receiver. Virtually defining the notion of quality audio and video performance, the VSX-52 arrives with the truest, most realistic fidelity for your home entertainment experience. Incorporating revolutionary features like Advanced MCACC, the VSX-52 has been designed for those who settle for nothing less than the very best in audio and video. Its state–of-the-art performance and specifications are the result of uncompromising standards of engineering, manufacturing and testing.

VSX-50 Overview

The Power of Connectivity. The Power of Elite.

In a world where content is everywhere, access means everything. The new Elite VSX-52 offers Ethernet connectivity, opening the gates for a number of new and exciting features. From AirPlay and popular online services like Pandora® music service to a host of control options and Pioneer-exclusive apps, the network-connected VSX-52 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-52 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-52’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-52 is DLNA 1.5 Certified, which means you can pull your MP3, WMA, AAC, and even high-resolution FLAC and WAV music files directly from your Windows-based PC to the receiver via your home network. Use the VSX-52‘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).


Online Music Services & More

You can also easily access popular internet-based music services like Pandora, Rhapsody® and SiriusXM Radio, as well as the thousands of high quality internet radio stations available through vTuner™.

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 stream music and 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-52. You can view the playlist on each device. Like the songs one of your friends added? “Like” it and you have the option of purchasing it from iTunes or watching a music video of that artist 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-52’s on-screen display.


HDMI 1.4

The VSX-52 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 prepared for the next generation of 3D video content. With 7 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-52 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-52 provides unparalleled marriage of home theater and your Apple products, allowing you to enjoy both audio and video content 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-52 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-52, walking you through the entire set-up of your home theater, step-by-step.

The VSX-52 also offers Multi-Zone audio and video with second zone on-screen display that gives you premium, customized entertainment throughout your home.

Additionally, the VSX-52 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-52 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-52 to maximize your TV’s performance.

The VSX-52 converts analog video signals to HDMI and scales both analog and digital signals up to 1080p/24fps to best match your TV’s capabilities. And Marvell® video processing with award winning Qdeo™ technology provides a truly immersive viewing experience, creating natural and noise-free video for maximum performance and flexibility.

Thanks to Elite Advanced Video Adjust, any video signal that goes into the VSX-52 simply comes out better. Video signals are optimized by the type of display you have connected, with video presets for Plasma, LCD and Front Projection TV’s to maximize their performance. And working in conjunction with Elite Advanced MCACC sound tuning, Advanced Video Adjust provides subtle noise reduction and detail enhancements based on the kind of display and your distance from it.

Stream Smoother technology is specifically designed to reduce picture distortion and enhance images while viewing low bit-rate streaming video content from sites that offer it such as YouTube.

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-52 delivers all these technologies to create the quintessential home theater experience, both now and in the future.

Advanced Video Processing
Advanced Video Processing
  • Advanced Direct Energy
  • 7.1
  • 110
  • 560
Handheld and Internet
  • iPod/iPhone/iPad
  • 4th gen Nano and above / iPhone, 3G, 3GS, 4 / iPad, iPad2
  • iControlAV2 (iPad, iPhone, Android)
  • vTuner
  • w/ subscription
  • Yes
  • WAV, MP3, WMA, iPod Digital, JPEG
  • LPCM, WAV 192kHz, MP3, ACC, WMA, FLAC 192kHz
Decoders & Formats
  • TI Aureus
  • Select 2 Plus
  • 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
  • Multi-Channel
  • 10-Frames
  • Front Channel
Video Processing
  • Marvell Qdeo up to 1080p / 24fps
  • Advanced Video Adjust - HD Sources Progressive Motion - YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black level
  • 7 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
  • 5 In / 1 Out
  • 7.1 Channel (9.2 Terminals)
  • HDMI / USB / Composite Video
  • 63
  • GUI with Album Art
  • 2 Zone A/V
  • DVD / TV / Sat / DVR / Video / Home Media Gallery / iPod USB / CD / 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 7.28 x 17.36
  • 30.21 lbs
  • AS-WL300


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

  • AS-BT200


    Stereo Bluetooth Adapter

Scheduled Update for your Pioneer device

On July 12th 2011, Rhapsody implemented a change to the service that will require an update to your Pioneer AV Receiver.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. In order to continue using Rhapsody, you will need to update the firmware on your Pioneer device.

Updated 5/24/2012