Integra DRX-5.2 vs Pioneer VSX-823-K Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
91
SCORE:
67

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Overview

Here we are comparing Integra DRX-5.2 to Pioneer VSX-823-K 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. The Integra DRX-5.2 has 9 channel and the Pioneer VSX-823-K has 5 channel amplifiers.

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

Integra DRX-5.2 Highlights

Pioneer VSX-823-K Highlights

  • 9.2 channels
  • 120 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • THX Select™ certified
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Passthrough
  • Airplay, Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi
  • Ethernet
  • USB and Phono inputs
  • 5.1 channels
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Integra DRX-5.2 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.

Integra DRX-5.2

Pioneer VSX-823-K

AMPLIFIER
92
VIDEO FEATURES
95
AUDIO FEATURES
89
CONNECTIVITY
84
MULTIZONE
93
MISCELLANEOUS
89
RADIO
90
OVERALL
91
AMPLIFIER
70
VIDEO FEATURES
61
AUDIO FEATURES
67
CONNECTIVITY
74
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
51
RADIO
85
OVERALL
67

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 Integra DRX-5.2

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Integra DRX-5.2 over Pioneer VSX-823-K.

Integra DRX-5.2 has more channels, more channel processing, more zones, bigger power supply and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, SONOS, Tidal and Deezer. It has bi-amp capability, phono input and analog pre-outs. In video department only Integra DRX-5.2 supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma.

Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
More Channels 9.2 5.1
THX™ Certification Select™ (previously known as Select2)
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp capability Front L/R Channels
More Channel Processing 11.1 5.1
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Surround Upmixer
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
Music Playback via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch Input
Jitter Reduction PLL (Phase-Locked Loop) jitter-cleaning circuitry for SPDIF digital audio
More Tone Control Channels All Channels Front L/R Channels
Virtual Speakers T-D (Theater-Dimensional)
Standing Wave Control Standing Wave EQ
HDR10
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K/30p
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with SONOS
HDBaseT Compatible
In: 1
Out: 1
RS-232: 1 (Pasth through)
IR In: 1 (Path through)
IR Out: 1 (Path through)
Maximum Video Resolution: 4K 60 Hz (YCbCr 4:4:4)
More HDMI Inputs 7 (1 front) 6 (1 front)
More HDMI Outputs 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2) 1
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 6 3
Phono Input
More Optical Inputs 2 1
More Component Video Inputs 2
More Analog Pre-Outs 11.2 (shared with Zone 3 Line/Pre Out) 0.1
More Zones 3 1
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output 3 (A:100 mA, B:25 mA, C:25 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output 2 / 1 0 / 0
IP Control for CI
Detachable Power Cord Oversized AC Cord
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
More Presets 40 30
Tidal
Deezer
More Speaker Terminals 11 5
More Large Speaker Terminals 11 5
Gold plated RCA terminals
Bigger Power Supply 870 W 450 W
Longer Warranty 3 Years 1 Year
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 106 dB 98 dB
Wider AM Frequency Range 522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz 530 kHz - 1700 kHz

Advantage of Pioneer VSX-823-K

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Integra DRX-5.2 over Pioneer VSX-823-K.

Integra DRX-5.2 has more channels, more channel processing, more zones, bigger power supply and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, SONOS, Tidal and Deezer. It has bi-amp capability, phono input and analog pre-outs. In video department only Integra DRX-5.2 supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma.

Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
Dolby Pro Logic PLII
Dolby Digital EX
DTS Neo Neo:6
Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
More Composite Video Inputs 2 3 (1 front)
More Composite Video Outputs 1
Front A/V Inputs HDMI HDMI, USB, Composite Video
Pandora

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
Dolby TrueHD 👍
Dolby Digital Plus 👍
DTS-HD Master Audio 👍
DTS 96/24 👍
DTS Express 👍
DTS-ES 👍
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 👍
Gapless Playback 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
DTS Dialog Control 👍
Compressed Music Enhancer 👍
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. 👍
3-D Ready 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
Ethernet 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Spotify 👍
WEAKNESSES
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No DTS Virtual:X 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 👎
No High-resolution Music Enhancer 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
No Wi-Fi 👎
No eARC 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Integra DRX-5.2 has 9 channel and Pioneer VSX-823-K has 5 channel amplifiers. Integra DRX-5.2 delivers 120 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Pioneer VSX-823-K delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both have stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Integra DRX-5.2 supports 4K passthrough up to 60p and Pioneer VSX-823-K supports 4K passthrough up to 30p. Integra DRX-5.2 supports 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

Integra DRX-5.2 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

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

Integra DRX-5.2 supports DTS:X. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

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.


THX™ Certification

Integra DRX-5.2 is THX™ certified which offers optimal performance, superior quality and seamless integration. THX works with partners from the ground up, so that certified products deliver professional quality audio-visual experiences right out of the box. They only certify the very best products with uncompromised quality, performance and consistency. They ensure that THX certified devices play well with lower performing devices and components. THX listening modes make the receiver to have one speaker set up for movies, music and games. They are tested for power output, bass management, signal-to-noise ratio and feature RE-EQ, timbre matching, boundary gain compensation and THX Loudness Plus.


Advanced Music Optimizer

Compressed music enhancement in Integra DRX-5.2 is done by Onkyo’s Advanced Music Optimizer. While MP3 or AAC files may sound fine through the headphones of your portable digital player, the limitations of these files can be exposed when played back through a quality home entertainment system. This is because a significant amount of high-frequency bit information is lost during the file-compression process. To counter this, Onkyo has designed the Advanced Music Optimizer to compensate for lost bit information and improve the quality of compressed audio signals. This results in a clearer and more expansive sound. Also included in this technology is a loudness correction feature that further improves the audio character of compressed files.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-823-K 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


Integra DRX-5.2

Integra DRX-5.2 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable. The Receiver works with SONOS and supports[y] 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. There are 11.2 (shared with Zone 3 Line/Pre Out) channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI input.

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Pioneer VSX-823-K

Pioneer VSX-823-K can be connected to internet using ethernet cable. It can also connect to bluetooth devices[y] via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately). The Receiver supports[y] AirPlay. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has HDMI, USB and Composite Video 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 - Integra DRX-5.2 and here - Pioneer VSX-823-K.

BASICS Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
BrandIntegraPioneer
ModelDRX-5.2VSX-823-K
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryAustralia and AsiaUSA
Release Year20182013
AMPLIFIER Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
Channels9.25.1
THX™ Certification Select™ (previously known as Select2)
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability Front L/R Channels
AUDIO Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine32-Bit DSP Chip for Advanced ProcessingTexas Instruments Aureus
Maximum Channel Processing11.15.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHDMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHDApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction PLL (Phase-Locked Loop) jitter-cleaning circuitry for SPDIF digital audio
Dialog Enhancement
Dialogue Lift
Tone Control All Channels Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Music Optimizer Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Virtual Speakers T-D (Theater-Dimensional)
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. AccuEQ Advance with AccuReflex™ MCACC Auto
Standing Wave Control Standing Wave EQ
Distance Adjustment0.1 - foot0.1 Feet
VIDEO Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 4K/30p
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
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 via front USB
Remote App Integra Control ProControlApp
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatible
In: 1
Out: 1
RS-232: 1 (Pasth through)
IR In: 1 (Path through)
IR Out: 1 (Path through)
Maximum Video Resolution: 4K 60 Hz (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Input7 (1 front)6 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)1
USB Input1 (Rear)1 Front
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input63
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In21
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 1 /
Composite Video Input23 (1 front)
Composite Video Output 1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input2
Component Video Output
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs11.2 (shared with Zone 3 Line/Pre Out)0.1
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMIHDMI, USB, Composite Video
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
Zones31
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output3 (A:100 mA, B:25 mA, C:25 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 10 / 0
MISC Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
On-Screen Display Network GUI / Set-Up Text - HDMI Only
IP Control for CI
Detachable Power Cord Oversized AC Cord
RADIO Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Presets4030
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
Front PanelAnti-Resonant Aluminum Front PanelBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals115
Large Speaker Terminals115
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
Power SupplyAC 220-230 V, 50/60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption870 W450 W
Standby Power0.15 W0.1 W
GENERAL Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 198 mm x 388.5 mm
17-1/8" x 7-13/16" x 15-5/16"
435 mm x 168 mm x 331.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-5/8" x 13-1/16"
Weight14.0 kg (30.9 lbs)8.5 kg (18 lb 12 oz)
Warranty3 Years1 Year
SPECS Integra DRX-5.2 Pioneer VSX-823-K
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 dB98 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
USB TerminalVer. 2.0, 5 V, 1 AUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 2.1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz87.5 MHz - 108 MHz
AM Frequency522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz530 kHz - 1700 kHz

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

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