Pioneer HTD-510DV review: Pioneer HTD-510DV

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Affordable; five-disc carousel changer; 400-watt receiver.

The Bad Not as space-efficient as some home-theater-in-a-box sets.

The Bottom Line This user-friendly Pioneer delivers surprisingly good sound for a rock-bottom price.

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Pioneer's HTD-510DV can boogie. Part of the reason this home theater in a box (HTIB) sounds sweet is the speakers' size--they're substantially larger than the tiny satellites that come with most sub-$1,000 HTIBs. Also, its integrated receiver and five-disc carousel are well designed, and thanks to an especially good remote, the whole kit's a cinch to use. Pioneer's HTD-510DV can boogie. Part of the reason this home theater in a box (HTIB) sounds sweet is the speakers' size--they're substantially larger than the tiny satellites that come with most sub-$1,000 HTIBs. Also, its integrated receiver and five-disc carousel are well designed, and thanks to an especially good remote, the whole kit's a cinch to use.

Delivers the goods
At first glance, the single, silver component at the center of this system looks like it houses only a five-disc DVD changer. But on closer inspection, you'll notice that along with the disc changer, Pioneer's also stuffed in a 400-watt (total power) receiver. It's not exactly packed with features, but it has the essentials, such as Dolby Digital and DTS decoding.

As far as the changer itself goes, we had no complaints. The carousel mechanism is a smoother operator than that of elevator-style changers; it skips discs in less than 15 seconds and starts playing in 12 seconds. Though the DVD player isn't a good match for higher-end TVs, those with more basic analog sets will find the video quality quite acceptable.

Lower-priced HTIBs tend not to have a plethora of connectivity options, and the 510DV is no exception. In fact, its connectivity quotient is minimal: you can hook up a VCR and one other analog source, and there's just one digital audio input and no digital output. On the video front, you're limited to one composite and one S-Video output.

On a more positive note, adjusting the speaker levels and other setup chores were snag-free, thanks in large part to the nifty remote. This one isn't riddled with gobs of buttons, so it's unusually easy to use.

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Pioneer HTD-510DV

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Output Power / Total 400 Watt
  • Frequency Response 4 - 44000 Hz
  • Color black
    silver
  • Built-in Decoders Dolby Digital
    Dolby Pro Logic
  • Additional Features Midnight Mode
    on-screen display
    pink noise generator
  • Functions AV receiver
    DVD changer
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
  • Components DVD changer / AV receiver
    speaker system
  • Type home theater system