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5.2-Channel AV Receiver with Built-in Bluetooth ® and Wi-Fi ®

Model # VSX45

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Experience Performance at a Higher Level.

Pioneer's Elite ® VSX-45 receiver is your gateway to truly superior performance. A value-packed, 5.2-channel receiver with 80 watts per channel (20 Hz - 20 kHz, THD 0.08 % @ 8 ohms)-400 watts total-the VSX-45 is for purists who want power, connectivity and ultimate wireless convenience for their high-definition home theater. Advanced features like Ultra HD (4K/60P 4:4:4) Pass-through, HDCP 2.2 compatibility, built-in Wi-Fi ® and a new wireless setup app make this one versatile, easy-to-use receiver.


New Year's Resolution

HDMI and HDCP 2.2


The VSX-45 features full-bandwidth HDMI Ultra HD Pass-through (with 4K/60p upscaling). New for 2015 is HDCP 2.2 (High-Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection), ensuring compatibility with current and upcoming 4K UltraHD sources and televisions. With six HDMI inputs, the VSX-45 handles 4K2K Ultra HD video at 60 frames per second-four times the resolution of 1080p-relaying the highest quality picture available today, plus 4:4:4-based 4K2K 60P content, offering up to 18GBPS throughput.


Wi-Fi Within

Built-In Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz Wi-Fi


With a dual-antenna setup on the rear panel, the VSX-45 becomes the ultimate wireless control center for your home entertainment system. Two antennas provide maximum signal strength, and supporting both bands means higher throughput and greater Wi-Fi range.


Built-In Bluetooth

Casual Wireless


The VSX-45 lets you enjoy wireless Bluetooth audio from virtually any A2DP profile Bluetooth device. Untether yourself from cables and inputs, and enjoy your music wirelessly from your iPhone ® , Android™, PC, laptop or almost any other A2DP profile Bluetooth-enabled source. Plus you'll enjoy enriched quality with Sound Retriever AIR technology, created specifically to enhance Bluetooth audio.


Simpler Set-Up

Updated Icon-Based GUI


An updated on-screen graphical user interface can be displayed in seven languages. The GUI features a simpler menu structure-with fewer words and more icons-that is easier to set up than ever before. And because the display is icon-based, it's also easy to follow and easy to use.


Easy Connections


A brand-new Wi-Fi setup application for iOS ® and Android make it easier than ever to connect your Pioneer AV receiver to your home Wi-Fi network. It even transfers the Wi-Fi settings from your smartphone to your receiver. Meanwhile, physical cable connections are simpler, thanks to rear panel features like black-on-white graphics, with text that is larger and easier to read. Speaker connections are labeled for easy hookup.


Custom Installation


For advanced home theater control, the VSX-45 is compatible with the most popular custom control companies, Crestron ® and Control4 ® , and offer custom installation features including full two-way RS-232C-over-IP control, with the ability to receive metadata from network and iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.


Worldwide Music

Internet Radio, Pandora ® and Spotify ®


With Internet Radio, the VSX-45 gives you a world of entertainment options. Not only can you enjoy thousands of Internet radio stations around the world with vTuner ® , you can also access your favorite music from Pandora and Spotify, complete with on-screen album art and music information. Spotify Connect is a premium subscription feature that lets you play and control Spotify with your smart devices.


Easy Setup

Start-up Navi App and Built-In AVNavigator


The VSX-45 features AVNavigator, a built-in system that simplifies the setup process. Unlike other systems that required an app download or the installation of a CD-ROM, AVNavigator helps you easily connect the VSX-45 to your network and launch your favorite web browser on virtually any device. The AVNavigator will walk you through the connection and setup of your new receiver. You can even explore new features of your AV Receiver using the Interactive Contents section. Just push a button on the virtual remote control and AVNavigator will activate the feature and explain what it does.

The Start-up Navi App is special app to help you easily set up the AV receiver via Wi-Fi with your smartphone. After opening the package, scan the QR code on the Quick Start Guide with your iPod ® touch/iPhone ® /iPad ® or Android device connected to your home network, and download the Start-up Navi app. As you proceed with the wizard, the network set-up for your AV receiver will be completed smoothly. Then, in coordination with the AVNavigator, the app lets you do all the initial settings of the AV receiver.


Ready to Connect

Made for iPhone 6 Certification and more


The VSX-45 lets you enjoy effortless AirPlay connectivity, offering the latest Made for iPhone certification for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As a networked receiver, it supports Apple's AirPlay ® mirroring technology, allowing you to enjoy your favorite music from iPhone, iPod or iTunes anywhere in the house.

In addition, Pioneer was the first brand to support HTC Connect ® , the only unified approach for streaming music wirelessly from select compatible HTC smartphones. There's no need for a separate app; HTC Connect is built right into your phone's music player and streams high quality, WAV-format files for an effortless, out-of-the-box audiophile experience.

The VSX-45 is Windows ® 8.1 Certified, and also supports DLNA ® 1.5 media streaming, which lets you access your favorite music from a DLNA server or computer connected to the same home network. Not only are compressed music files such as MP3, WMA, and AAC supported, but also high-resolution files, such as FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and Apple Lossless.


Ultimate Control App

iControlAV5

Whether controlling volume, switching inputs or exploring all of the new features of your receiver, Pioneer's iControlAV5 remote-control app for iOS and Android allows full control of the VSX-45. You can even play back music stored on your smartphone using our Push Player feature. Available at no charge from the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, the app is also available in Google Play (www.GooglePlay.com) for Android devices.


Power and Finesse

Unsurpassed Audio

When it comes to sound, the Elite VSX-45 is a powerhouse that delivers the punch to rival bigger receivers. Five discrete amplifiers each produce 80 watts of power (20 Hz - 20 kHz, THD 0.08 % @ 8 ohms) for 5.2-channel surround. The VSX-45 supports formats like Dolby TrueHD ® and DTS-HD ® Master Audio to give your soundtracks on Blu-ray Disc™ unsurpassed audio quality.


Fine-Tuned Room

Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration (MCACC)

Pioneer's Advanced Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system is like having your own sound engineer precision-tuning your system to your living room. MCACC provides an optimized, multi-channel listening experience calibrated and customized specifically to your room by measuring every speaker's connection, and noting size and distance from the listening point, sound levels and timbre. Using measurements from every speaker's connection, it gives you a calibrated and customized multi-channel listening experience. The receiver is also enhanced with another Pioneer exclusive, Advanced Sound Retriever, filling in areas in compressed audio files like WMA, MP3 and AAC, where minute details were left out during the compression process.

To learn more about MCACC, click here


Audiophile Files

High Resolution Support

The Pioneer VSX-45 delivers the high-resolution music playback audiophiles demand, with support for 192 kHz 24-bit AIFF, WAV, FLAC, and Apple Lossless up to 96kHz 24-Bit. Compressed formats, such as MP3, WMA, and AAC are also supported. Stream these files from your home network, tablet, or even the front USB. Serious listeners will appreciate DSD direct playback via network or SACD disc playback via HDMI.


Green and Easy

Features:

  • Full Bandwidth HDMI (4K UltraHD 60P/4:4:4) with HDCP 2.2
  • Built-in Wi-Fi ® and Bluetooth ®
  • AVNavigator Built-In for simplified connection and set up
  • Wi-Fi Connection App
Power
Amplifier Design Discrete Direct Energy
Channels 5.2
Power Output: Watts per Channel (20 Hz - 20 kHz, THD 0.08 % @ 8 ohms FTC) 80 Watts
Power Output: Watts per Channel (6 ohms 1 kHz 10 % 1ch Driven) 140 Watts
Power Output: Watts per Channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08 %, 2 ch Driven FTC) SC Model Power Rating Only
Power Output: Watts per Channel (4 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 %, 2 ch Driven) SC Model Power Rating Only
Power Output: Watts Multi ch Simultaneous Drive (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 %) SC Model Power Rating Only
4 OHM Speaker -
Estimated Power Consumption/Standby with HDMI Control off 450 W/0.1 W (standby)
ENERGY STAR 3.0 Certified -
Handheld and Internet
AirPlay Yes
HTC Connect Yes
Made for iPhone and iPod Yes
iOS/Android Remote Control APP iControlAV5
Internet Radio Yes
Pandora Internet Radio Yes
Streaming Audio From PC/Network Yes
Music Playback via USB Network MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Chromecast built-in -
Hi-Res Audio Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
TIDAL Music Streaming Service Ready -
Decoders & Formats
Digital Core DSP Engine Texas Instruments Aureus
AIR Studios Certification -
iPod Digital Audio Yes
Audio DACs 192K/24Bit
High-Definition Copy Protection (HDCP) 2.2
Dolby Atmos -
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Surround -
DTS:X -
DTS Neo:X -
DTS Neural:X -
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
HDMI SACD Transfer Multi- Channel
Soundfield Calibration
MCACC Advanced
MCACC Memory 6
Phase Control Yes
Auto Phase Control Plus Yes
Full Band Phase Control Yes
Standing Wave Control Yes
EQ Bands 9-Band (Advanced)
Symmetric EQ Yes
Distance Adjustment 1/2 Inch
Precision Distance -
Polarity Check Yes
Auto Subwoofer Crossover Yes
Listening Modes
Auto Surround Yes
Auto Level Control Multi-Channel
Optimum Surround -
Stream Direct Direct / Pure Direct
Advanced Surround 10 + 1
Wide Surround -
Front Stage Surround Advance Yes
Headphone Surround Yes
Audio Features
USB DAC -
DSD Music File 2ch (2.8MHz)
Audio Processing -
Dialog Enhancement Yes
Advanced Sound Retriever Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC
Sound Retriever AIR Yes
Digital Noise Reduction Yes
Tone Control Front 2 ch
Sound Delay (Lip Sync) Yes (800 ms)
Speaker A/B Yes
Bi-Amp Front Channel
Video Processing
4K 60p Ultra HD Passthrough Yes
4K Ultra HD Passthrough -
4K 60p Ultra HD Video Scaler Yes
4K Ultra HD Video Scaler -
3-D Ready Yes
Audio Return Channel Yes
HDMI 36-bit Deep Color Yes
x.v.Color Yes
Video Converter to HDMI -
Video Scaler -
Stream Smoother -
Pure Cinema -
Super Resolution Yes
Video Parameter Adjustments -
Connectivity
HDMI Input / Output 6 (5 Rear, 1 Front) In / 1 Out
MHL 2 1 (Rear)
Wi-Fi Built-In Yes (5GHz/2.4GHz)
Bluetooth Built-In Yes
Component Video Input / Output -
USB Memory Input Front USB
Ethernet Input Yes
Composite A/V Input / Output 2 In
Analog Audio Inputs / Output 2 In
Phono Input -
Digital Inputs / Output 2 In (Optical 1, Coaxial 1)
Pre-Amp Outputs 0.2 ch
Headphone Output Yes
Front A/V Inputs USB
AM/FM Presets 63
Installation
Home Menu Icon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
Multi-Room and Source Output -
Zone 2 Sources -
Zone 3 Sources -
ECO Mode Eco Mode 1/Eco Mode 2
HDMI Speaker B Link Yes
12 Volt Trigger (Assignable) 1 (150 mA)
RS-232C Yes
IR Serial Remote In/Out 1 In / 1 Out
Network Firmware Update Yes
IP Control for CI Yes
Versatile Speaker Configuration Speaker B / Bi-Amp
FL Dimmer Yes
Function Rename Yes
Remote System Remote Control
Sleep Timer Yes
Detachable Power Cord -
Construction
Front Panel Brushed
Transformer Stabilizer -
Advanced Direct Construction -
Speaker Terminals 5 Large + 2 Clips
3D Space Frame Construction -
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer -
Warranty
Warranty 2 Years Parts & Labor
Dimensions
W x H x D (inches) Wi-Fi Antenna's Up 17.1 x 9.4 x 13.1
W x H x D (inches) 17.1 x 6.6 x 13.1
Weight 19.2 lbs.

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