Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater System HTP-074 Review

Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater System HTP-074 Review

In this article I will review the Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater System HTP-074. After researching different models and types of home theater systems, I found that this one has a set of features that fit with my needs. When I started my research I was rather worried for some negative reviews this product has, but it turned out that those people were looking for something more advanced with more requirements than I had.

The Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater System HTP-074 is an excellent sound system. It allows to connect different devices such as TV, Blue-ray, DVD/CD Player, stream music from different devices using the Bluetooth technology available in almost every cell phone, iPod and similar. Imagine yourself laying on your living room sofa, watching your favorite movies with an incredible sound. Or listening to your favorite songs feeling that you are in that concert live. What about playing with your kids with one of the popular game consoles with amazing 3D games that this home theater allows.


Features

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  • This home theater has HDR Support. This technology has been designed to create more realistic images , with more realistic colors. The benefit of this for the user is that he or she sees the same image he would see if watching that image in the real world.
  • Another important feature of this product is the built-in Bluetooth wireless technology. Why is this interesting ? Because you can use any of the usual devices you use to listen to music such as CD/DVD player, cell phone, tablet , iPod and any item with Bluetooth technology.
  • This home theater also allows you to enjoy quality sound from compressed audio. Most of us have hundreds and hundreds of songs in MP3 or WMA format. These formats are great to listen in the computer or similar devices but as a they are a compressed format, it losses some quality. But the technology in this products allows to restore the details lost during the compression process.
  • It has a 4K/60p Pass-through. This allows for example to pass a 4K image from a Blu-ray device to a 4K television without any processing, with no compromise of image quality.
  • It has two ECO Modes, ECO Mode 1 which allows a moderate energy saving maintaining the sound quality and ECO Mode 2 which is a high energy saving but affecting the quality. That is why ECO 2 is better for films.
    The benefit of this can be a 30% in power consumption and a reduction on the temperature.
It has a passive sub-woofer so it depends on an external amplifier. If you are using it in a small room and don't need a great power of sound is enough, giving the benefit of good quality of sound. There are also another features this home theater has such as having front USB port allowing to connect a memory USB in an easy way.

Another feature of the Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater is that is has an AM/FM tuner with 30 presets, so without any other device you can enjoy your favorite radio programs with an excellent sound.

Product Performance

This home theater system is an ideal product if you are not looking for a 100% professional quality sound but want a good system for a small to medium room , to use with your Blue-Ray, DVD or CD Player, or to listen the music from your different devices like an ipod, cell phone or MP3 or similar formats stored in any USB disk.

What I like most about this system is the possibility to connect with so many different devices , with its 5 HDMI ports, and the bluetooth technology. What does not convince me is that it has not a CD/DVD player built in. Of couse you can buy a cheap one to use it with this home theater system, but I would expect to have one incluided as part of the system.

Dimensions

The dimension of the different items of this home theater are the following:

AV Receiver: 17-1/8 x 6-5/8 x 12-5/8 inches (435 x 168 x 320.5 mm)/17 lbs. (7.7 kg)
Front Speaker: 4-3/16 x 4-9/16 x 4-3/16 inches (106 x 116 x 106 mm)/1.3 lbs. (0.6 kg)
Center Speaker: 10-5/8 x 3-15/16 x 4-3/4 inches (270 x 100 x 106 mm)/1.8 lbs. (0.8 kg)
Surround Speaker: 4-3/16 x 4-9/16 x 4-3/16 inches (106 x 116 x 106 mm)/1.3 lbs. (0.6 kg)
Sub-woofer: 11-1/4 x 12-9/16 x 11-13/16 inches (285 x 318.5 x 300 mm)/8.8 lbs. (4.0 kg)


Pros

  • HDR Support
  • Built-in Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Multiple inputs via HDMI
  • It comes with proprietary wall mounts
  • Music File Playback via USB (MP3, WMA, AAC)

Cons

  • It does not come with a built in CD/DVD Player.
  • The speakers are wired.
  • It is not network ready (not wifi)

Price

This product, considering everything that has been said, a very good deal for the price. If you buy this home theatre and you take into account all the considerations made in the previous sections of this review, you will be very satisfied and will spend a great time at home.

Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater System HTP-074 Rating

The Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater System HTP-074 does exactly what its specifications say it will do. If you have a small or medium room and want to have a sound system which can connect with a wide range of devices with an excellent sound quality, this is the product for you. However , if you are very demanding in the quality of sound, or expect a complete system with a built-in Blu-ray, DVD player without having to buy those items separately, you should consider other brand or model.

Pioneer 5.1 Home Theater System HTP-074