Denon AVR-X1200W vs Pioneer VSX-1131 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
50
SCORE:
52

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X1200W to Pioneer VSX-1131 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both receivers have 7 channel amplifiers with Denon AVR-X1200W's being less powerful.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Denon AVR-X1200W Highlights

Pioneer VSX-1131 Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input
  • 7.2 channels
  • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, Chromecast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer VSX-1131 gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Denon AVR-X1200W

Pioneer VSX-1131

AMPLIFIER
60
VIDEO FEATURES
60
AUDIO FEATURES
47
CONNECTIVITY
37
MULTIZONE
40
MISCELLANEOUS
34
RADIO
51
OVERALL
50
AMPLIFIER
52
VIDEO FEATURES
64
AUDIO FEATURES
52
CONNECTIVITY
47
MULTIZONE
41
MISCELLANEOUS
28
RADIO
57
OVERALL
52

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Denon AVR-X1200W over Pioneer VSX-1131

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X1200W over Pioneer VSX-1131.

In video department only Denon AVR-X1200W supports Hybrid Log Gamma.

Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Dolby Digital EX
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
HLG
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
DLNA 1.5
More Composite Video Outputs 1
Detachable Power Cord
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Longer Warranty 3 Years 1 Year Parts & Labor

Advantage of Pioneer VSX-1131 over Denon AVR-X1200W

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-1131 over Denon AVR-X1200W.

Pioneer VSX-1131 has more power per channel, bigger power supply, higher signal to noise ratio, higher DSD sampling rate via USB, higher wi-fi standard and higher bluetooth standard. It supports DSD streaming via HDMI and Pandora. It has phono input.

Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/24 bit
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
FireConnect
Chromecast Built-In
More HDMI Inputs 6 (1 front) 7 (1 front)
More HDMI Outputs 1 2 (simultaneous)
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 2 5 (1 front)
Phono Input
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs / 1 / No
More Component Video Inputs 1
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB HDMI, USB, Mini-Jack
Zone 2 Outs Line Out
Pandora
More Speaker Terminals 7 9
More Large Speaker Terminals 7 9
Bigger Power Supply 430 W 580 W
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 80 W (0.08% THD) 100 W (0.08% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 145 W (1% THD) 160 W (1% THD)
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 98 dB 106 dB
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 2.8 MHz 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 b/g/n IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 2.4 GHz Dual band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Newer Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR 4.1 + LE
Wider AM Frequency Range 522 kHz - 1611 kHz 530 kHz - 1710 kHz

Common Strengths of Denon AVR-X1200W and Pioneer VSX-1131

Denon AVR-X1200W and Pioneer VSX-1131 share common strengths such as Dolby Atmos support, DTS:X support, HDR10, Dolby Vision, ethernet connection, wi-fi, bluetooth, internet radio and Spotify.

STRENGTHS Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
Dolby Atmos
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
HDR10
Dolby Vision
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/60p (4:2:0 36-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
Ethernet
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
New HDCP Version 2.2 2.2
USB Input 1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory 1 Front
Composite Video Inputs 2 2
Zones 2 2
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Internet Radio vTuner TuneIn
Spotify

Common Weaknesses of Denon AVR-X1200W and Pioneer VSX-1131

Denon AVR-X1200W and Pioneer VSX-1131 share common weaknesses such as no front wide channel support, no Auro3D support, no MHL input, no DTS Play-Fi, no Amazon Alexa, no SONOS, no analog multi-channel input, no analog pre-outs, no Tidal, no Deezer, no Napster and no SiriusXM.

WEAKNESSES Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
No Front Wide Channel Support
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
No DTS Virtual:X
No IMAX Enhanced
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
No Audyssey LFC
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No VRR
No QFT
No MHL Input
No FlareConnect
No DTS Play-Fi
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
Does Not Work with SONOS
No eARC
No Multi-Channel Input
No Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 0.2
No Tidal
No Deezer
No Napster
No SiriusXM Internet Radio

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X1200W and Pioneer VSX-1131 have 7 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X1200W delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Pioneer VSX-1131 delivers 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both have stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. Pioneer VSX-1131 can do 4K upscaling up to 30p. The receivers support HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Denon AVR-X1200W and Pioneer VSX-1131 support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. They can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Denon AVR-X1200W and Pioneer VSX-1131 support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. Both of them can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-1131 is done by Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever. Hear the detail, warmth and clarity, the way the artist intended it, from all of your highly compressed MP3 and WMA files stored on USB, Smartphone and portable media players. By restoring data that tend to get lost in the digital compression process, Pioneers Advanced Sound Retriever Technology enhances audio reproduction all the way upto 20 Khz frequencies.


Connectivity


Denon AVR-X1200W

Denon AVR-X1200W can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Pioneer VSX-1131

Pioneer VSX-1131 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 7 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver.

Front panel has HDMI, USB and Mini-Jack inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Denon AVR-X1200W and here - Pioneer VSX-1131.

BASICS Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
BrandDenonPioneer
ModelAVR-X1200WVSX-1131
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUKNorth America
Release Year20152017
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability assignable
AUDIO Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineAdvanced quad-core 32-bit DSP processorsCirrus Logic (Quad Core) x 1
Maximum Channel Processing7.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/24 bit
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
Dialog Enhancement
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT MCACC
VIDEO Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/60p (4:2:0 36-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad iPod, iPhone and iPad (Airplay only)
Remote App Denon Remote App for iOS and Android devices iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)7 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs12 (simultaneous)
USB Input1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory1 Front
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs25 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs22
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs / 1 / No
Composite Video Inputs22
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs1
Component Video Outputs
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USBHDMI, USB, Mini-Jack
Speaker A/B assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
Zones22
Powered Zones 2 2
Zone 2 OutsLine Out
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 00 / 0
MISC Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
On-Screen Display Hybrid Graphic User InterfaceIcon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
Remote ControllerRC-1189
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
Front PanelBrushed hairline metalized finishBrushed
Speaker Terminals79
Large Speaker Terminals79
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption430 W580 W
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 30 W/45 W65 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
Auto Power off
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 151 mm x 339 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 215 mm x 339 mm)
17-1/16" x 5-15/16" x 13-3/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/16" x 8-7/16" x 13-3/8")
435 mm x 173 mm x 370.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 14-9/16"
Weight8.5 kg (18 lbs 12 oz)10.0 kg (22 lbs)
Warranty3 Years1 Year Parts & Labor
SPECS Denon AVR-X1200W Pioneer VSX-1131
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)80 W (0.08% THD)100 W (0.08% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)175 W (10% THD)175 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)145 W (1% THD)160 W (1% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB106 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Pure Direct)
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHz5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 b/g/nIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency2.4 GHzDual band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDR4.1 + LE
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
AM Frequency522 kHz - 1611 kHz530 kHz - 1710 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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