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Pioneer VSX-401

Audio/Video Stereo Receiver

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Pioneer VSX-401


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 100 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Surround output: 100W (front), 15W (rear)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 70kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.05%

Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 72dB (MM), 97dB (line)

Output: 150mV (line)

Speaker load impedance: 8Ω to 16Ω

Video Connections: composite

Dimensions: 420 x 125 x 330mm

Weight: 8.5kg

Accessories: remote control

Year: 1990



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Reviewed Jul 16th, 2017 by amirrahim

Purchased in 1990, left it on 16 hours a day often. Rescued from storage in 2017, it still works like a charm. A refreshing break from my iMac and MP3 audio files.



re: VSX-401 - No Rear Sound

Short version: Speakers worked fine on the rear ports. Flipped off the wrong breaker which turned off the receiver, flipped it right back on immediatly. I then noticed I no longer had sound coming from the rear speaker. I am able to hear music if I max the volume and put my ear up to the speaker. Is there a step I'm missing to reset this, a fuse, etc to get my receiver working again?

re: VSX-401/Bose Acoustimass HT

I need to configure a VSX-401 to a Bose Acoustimass HT
The VSX-401 does not have the center speaker output and the Bose has 3 inputs and outputs L,R,Center

re: VSX-401/Bose Acoustimass HT

I think you answered your own question? The VSX-401 has no center channel output. If you need this function you need to get a newer amp/receiver.

re: VSX-401

I see the VSX-401 schematic has ben posted but I need the manual, the reason is that the VSX-402 and 3 have added the center speaker output, my Bose speakers need that output to function properly and I am hoping the manual for the VSX-401 may show how to configure.
If anyone knows how to wire a VSX-401 please let me know.

VSX-401 (2 rear speaker outputs)(2 front speaker outputs channel A and 2 front speaker outputs channel B)

Bose (3 speaker inputs on sub woofer box and 3 speaker outputs) left, right, center

re: VSX-401

Pioneer VSX-3600 is similar for those who are looking for an operations manual.

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Pioneer VSX-401 Reliability

I've had a VSX-401 running nearly every day for 20 years, and it still sounds excellent! My previous Pioneer was blown out by a lightning strike that fried hifi gear, TVs, computers, even some phones. It may take another lightning strike to get me to replace this receiver!


re: Pioneer VSX-401 Reliability

I have a pioneer vsx-401. I need help figuring out how to connect my andriod phone to it. Does anyone know what cable I need to buy to be able to listen to music from my phone on the vsx-401?

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re: Pioneer VSX-401 Reliability

You need jack cable.3.5 mm from one side and normal RCA(red and white)from another.To receiver- big choice.Every input in red and white but phono(phono input is very sensitive)That's all...:)The 3.5 mm.jack is for earphones output on your phone.

Pioneer vsx401

I just bought a used one and need help. Where can I locate a manual for it? I cant get sound from it and know it works. Whats the difference in the rear speakers and front speakers.

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re: Pioneer vsx401

I just post owner's manual for Pioneer VSX-403.Thing similar with 401.

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