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Pioneer VSX-9500s
11 Reviews
rating  4.73 of 5
MSRP  1050.00
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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rr2 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2014

Bottom Line:   
My father bought the 9500s in 1989 and I inherited it. Used it for 10 years and it recently experienced a minor issue with the input on one of the channels. I had it hooked up to the TV and I can hear the amp turn on but the equalizer will blip one little microsecond of sound and then it goes back to zero. U didn't teat the other inputs or the RCA cable. A about 5 years ago I bought a top of the line demon and brought it home to swap out with this one. I hooked it up and it couldn't push the Bose 301s and sub I had so I took it back and hooked this one back up. It is a beast and sounds great. The amp is working. Free to a good home. U pay the shipping.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steve a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2013

Bottom Line:   
I bought this thing for my father when I was in the Air Force stationed in Okinawa in what...1989 or so. My dad's Kenwood KR-9600 quit in one channel (I had bought it in the Philippines in around 1977 or so). This was the display model and was being replaced by the 9700. I think I picked it up for $160 or so. Maybe $180.

My dad was losing his hearing so it go very little use through the years. Later I just brought it home and played with it on and off. I had my system (Hafler, Integra, Altec duplexes, and some other stuff) so it just basically sat around.

I lost complete interest in audio and sold all my other stuff. This continued to sit in the closet until I decided to up a small system for the children's ministry at work. Unfortunately they never used it because it was too complicated. So brought it home again and it sat.

Recently, I decided to delve back into audio somewhat, primarily for my office, and brought it back out. I picked up a pair Technics SB L200 speakers (circa1979) for $25 and they sound amazingly well. I have ordered replacement caps for the crossovers. I dug out some other speakers I had laying around (pioneer, JVC) for the center and rears and hooked the thing up to my computer.

All I can say is that it just sounds great in this setup. For some reason, it wasn't a good match with the Altec duplexes 604E that I used to have. Don't know why. But those speakers were finicky with other setups as well.

All in all, this thing is like 25 years old and still sounds great. Somehow the remote got lost while at the church but I never liked that thing anyways.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ray Talmage a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Pioneer VSX-9500S
I bought this unit new in 1990 and have used it extensively over the last 23 years. Now that I'm retired, it's in use almost every day all day long. I have recently paired it with an NAD C316BEE integrated amplifier and a Niles speaker selector to get the power I need for 4 sets of speakers in other rooms and outdoors.
The sound is still great and the only thing that doesn't work is the remote volume control. If I decide to get that fixed, it will be the first time that the unit has ever been in the shop.
Excellent quality and durability.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Wilding a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2013

Bottom Line:   
The first receiver that I bought after I got my first good paying job was the VSx9500S. I used it every day for about 20 years, and I never had a any problems. I had it hooked up to a pair of 10" Cerwin Vegas and the 125 watts were plenty. The sound quality was always excellent, minimal distortion even when I started turning up the volume. I always loved the huge display, maybe not the easiest to figure out but once you read the instructions a few times it will be a nice feature. At first sight all the buttons may persuade a buyer that this may be far to complicated but each button has only one function so it's actually more easier then expected. I was very sad about 5 years ago when it gave up. I was able to find on the net for $100, then I found another one for $200. You can't find a happier person now. These receivers are of the highest quality and if you can find one grab it, and if you don't want it I'll buy another one.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kevo420 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Having been an audiophile for many years i have always overlooked receivers that are not silverfaced and built after 1980 but i picked this badboy up at an auction for 100 dollars with matching cd player in pristine condition so i figured i would give it a try so i pluged it in to my bose 901's and was blown away by the power and clarity of this 45 pound beast even with the power hungry bose running off them needless to say i have found a new heart for my main listening system. If you find one working for under 300 buy it or i will!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995




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