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Pioneer VSX-454

Audio Video Receiver (1994-95)

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Pioneer VSX-454


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 110 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Surround output: 110W (front), 110W (center), 110W (rear)

Frequency response: 5Hz to 100kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.09%

Input sensitivity: 2.8mV (MM), 200mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 76dB (MM), 97dB (line)

Output: 200mV (line)

Speaker load impedance: 8Ω to 16Ω

Video Connections: composite

Dimensions: 420 x 155 x 300mm

Weight: 8kg

Accessories: remote control

Year: 1994



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Reviewed Jan 28th, 2019 by

Sounds great after many years of service never a glitch. I used it in a dirty old garage where it could have died at anytime and I would have been forgiving. But now it's in my office driving some decent speakers and a sub woofer and sounds great!

Reviewed Dec 08th, 2018 by

I have had the Pioneer VSX-454 receiver for well over 10 years and it has proved to be a quality and reliable workhorse. I use it every day to listen to all kinds of music (classical, jazz, electronic, metal) and the VSX-454 has rendered all of it with competence and vigour. Nothing has ever gone wrong with it, in spite of it being cranked to its limits during many parties.

The sound quality is excellent for such a mid-fi machine. Sound is warm, neutral and well balanced, with fine detail when needed. I notice a tiny bit of distortion at very high volume levels but hey, that's to be expected at this level. Over the years I have tried to find a replacement for it at least a dozen times but the various amps/receivers (of similar, or better, class and vintage) that I have brought home to compare (long term) to the VSX-454 have all failed to clearly beat it. A few of them were really fine units (Luxman R-341, Yamaha HTR-5930, and Denon AVR-1907) but I must say they were not clear winners, and, FWIW, I have no emotional attachment to the VSX-454. I guess sound is quite subjective, as well as dependant on a number of factors, such as, how your components (CD player, turntable, amp, speakers) all work together, as well as your room size and acoustics.

A big plus for me is the Super Bass button - it gives really deep bass.
Nitpicks I have are mostly design-related, like 1). the knob for the radio dial 2). the size, shape and illumination of buttons, and, 3). Radio AM signal not being very strong even with antenna (but this could also be because of the many tall buildings in the downtown area I live in) Anyway, these are all minor things that have to do with personal preferences.
Value for money is 10/10 for this one.

Reviewed Dec 06th, 2015 by

Pretty good for a low priced Pioneer product. I bought mine used also but still sounds great driving my big (rebuilt) Kenwood speakers. I make it work it's butt off to. I crank my PC into it and use it for all my home theater stuff. An old unit but never had a problem....and I do have the remote because you need it to control the surround functions. Buy one online for 50$.

Reviewed Apr 19th, 2015 by

A nice A/V receiver and simple to operate. I bought mine used, but it works well. It's just missing the remote. I'm very pleased with it! It has plenty of power to drive the massive speakers I have, and the music is very clear.



re: VSX-454

excellent.. still going strong after almost 20 years.. never a problem...

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