Pioneer HTD-510DV

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.

Editors' Rating
7.0 Overall

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Review

Pioneer HTD-510DV

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.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Pioneer
  • Type home theater system
  • Functions AV receiver, DVD changer
  • Components DVD changer / AV receiver, speaker system
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
  • Output Power / Total 400 Watt
  • Frequency Response 4 - 44000 Hz
  • Color black, silver
  • Functions AV receiver, DVD changer
  • Additional Features Midnight Mode, on-screen display, pink noise generator
  • Media Content Source DVD
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