Pioneer VSX-1131 vs Pioneer VSX-1130-K Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
52
SCORE:
38

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-1131 to Pioneer VSX-1130-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. Both receivers have 7 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.

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

Pioneer VSX-1131 Highlights

Pioneer VSX-1130-K Highlights

  • 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
  • 7.2 channels
  • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos capable
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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.

Pioneer VSX-1131

Pioneer VSX-1130-K

AMPLIFIER
52
VIDEO FEATURES
64
AUDIO FEATURES
52
CONNECTIVITY
47
MULTIZONE
41
MISCELLANEOUS
28
RADIO
64
OVERALL
52
AMPLIFIER
42
VIDEO FEATURES
29
AUDIO FEATURES
42
CONNECTIVITY
41
MULTIZONE
26
MISCELLANEOUS
33
RADIO
57
OVERALL
38

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 Pioneer VSX-1131 over Pioneer VSX-1130-K

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-1131 over Pioneer VSX-1130-K.

Pioneer VSX-1131 has bigger power supply, higher signal to noise ratio, higher wi-fi standard and higher bluetooth standard. It supports DTS:X. It has phono input. In video department only Pioneer VSX-1131 supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Dolby Surround Upmixer
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/24 bit up to 96 kHz/24 bit
HDR10
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
FireConnect
Chromecast Built-In
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 5 (1 front) 3
Phono Input
More Optical Inputs 2 1
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, Mini-Jack HDMI, USB
More Powered Zones 2
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Bigger Power Supply 570 W 550 W
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC) 170 W (1% THD) 165 W (1% THD)
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 106 dB 101 dB
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.1 + LE 2.1 + EDR
Wider AM Frequency Range 522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz 530 kHz - 1700 kHz

Advantage of Pioneer VSX-1130-K over Pioneer VSX-1131

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-1130-K over Pioneer VSX-1131.

Pioneer VSX-1130-K has more advanced room correction system. It supports front wide channels.

Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Front Wide Channel Support
Dolby Pro Logic
DTS Neo Neo:6
DSD to PCM Converter
Jitter Reduction
Auto Level Control Multi-Channel
Dialog Enhancement
Sound Retriever Advanced (2-Channel) Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIR
Digital Noise Reduction
High-resolution Music Enhancer Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System MCACC MCACC Pro
Higher MCACC Memory 1 6
Standing Wave Control
Distance Adjustment 0.1 feet 1/2 Inch
Polarity Check
Component Video Maximum Resolution 480i/576i 1080p (1125p)
Video Parameter Adjustments
MHL Input 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5
More HDMI Outputs 2 (simultaneous) 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
More Composite Video Outputs 1
Remote (IR) Input/Output 0 / 0 1 / 1
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display HDZone
AVNavigator Built-in
More Presets 40 63

Common Strengths of Pioneer VSX-1131 and Pioneer VSX-1130-K

Pioneer VSX-1131 and Pioneer VSX-1130-K share common strengths such as Dolby Atmos support, ethernet connection, wi-fi, bluetooth, internet radio, Pandora and Spotify.

STRENGTHS Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Dolby Atmos
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/60p (4:2:0 36-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
up to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling up to 4K up to 4K
Ethernet
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
New HDCP Version 2.2 2.2
Many HDMI Inputs 7 (1 front) 7 (1 front)
USB Input 1 Front 1 Front
Composite Video Inputs 2 2
Component Video Inputs 1 1
Zones 2 2
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Internet Radio TuneIn vTuner
Pandora
Spotify

Common Weaknesses of Pioneer VSX-1131 and Pioneer VSX-1130-K

Pioneer VSX-1131 and Pioneer VSX-1130-K share common weaknesses such as no Auro3D support, 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 Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
No DTS Virtual:X
No IMAX Enhanced
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume
No Audyssey LFC
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
No VRR
No QFT
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

Pioneer VSX-1131 and Pioneer VSX-1130-K have 7 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. They both do 4K upscaling up to 30p. Pioneer VSX-1131 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

Pioneer VSX-1131 and Pioneer VSX-1130-K 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

Pioneer VSX-1131 supports DTS:X. It 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 and Pioneer VSX-1130-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


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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Pioneer VSX-1130-K

Pioneer VSX-1130-K 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.

Front panel has HDMI and USB 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 - Pioneer VSX-1131 and here - Pioneer VSX-1130-K.

BASICS Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
BrandPioneerPioneer
ModelVSX-1131VSX-1130-K
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryAsiaUSA
Release Year20172015
AMPLIFIER Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct EnergyDiscrete Direct Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability Front
AUDIO Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineCirrus Logic (Quad Core) x 1Texas Instruments Aureus DSP
DACAKM AK4458SABRE Premier (ES9006S)
Maximum Channel Processing7.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD with Loudness Management
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
Surround 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 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 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit 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 up to 96 kHz/24 bit
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
Auto Level ControlMulti-Channel
Dialog Enhancement
Dialogue Lift
Sound Retriever Advanced (2-Channel) Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIR
Digital Noise Reduction
Tone Control All Channels All Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Auto Surround
Optimum Surround
Advanced Surround1210 + 1 Mode
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
Virtual Depth
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC MCACC Pro
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory16
Reflex Optimizer
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands9-Band9-Band
Symmetric EQ
X-Curve
Distance Adjustment0.1 feet1/2 Inch
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
VIDEO Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
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/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/60p (4:2:0 36-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
up to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K up to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite Component, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution480i/576i1080p (1125p)
Stream Smoother
Pure Cinema
Video Parameter Adjustments
Triple HD Noise Reduction
Super Resolution
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
MHL Input 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
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 (Airplay only) iPod and iPhone via front USB
Remote App iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android) 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 Inputs7 (1 front)7 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous)2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
USB Input1 Front1 Front
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs5 (1 front)3
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs21
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No1 / No
Composite Video Inputs22
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs11
Component Video Outputs
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Mini-JackHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Zones22
Powered Zones 2
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 01 / 1
MISC Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
On-Screen DisplayIcon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)Icon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display HDZone
AVNavigator Built-in
IP Control
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back/ Front Height/ Top/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-SpeakerSurround Back/ Front Wide/ Front Bi-Amp/ Speaker B/ Top Middle/ HDZone
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote ControllerLearning Remote Control (Luminous)
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Presets4063
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Front PanelBrushedBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals99
Large Speaker Terminals99
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
Ceramic Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Power SupplyAC 220-240 V, 50/60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption570 W550 W
Standby Power0.15 W0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Auto Power off
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 173 mm x 370.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 14-9/16"
435 mm x 168 mm x 363 mm
17-3/16" x 6-5/8" x 14-5/16"
Weight10.0 kg (22 lbs)9.8 kg (21 lb 10 oz)
Warranty1 Year Parts & Labor1 Year Parts & Labor
SPECS Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)100 W (0.08% THD)100 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)170 W (1% THD)165 W (1% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ315 mV/47 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 dB101 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 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 (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/nIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal FrequencyDual band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHzDual band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.1 + LE2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
HDMI TerminalType A (19-pin)19-pin (Not DVI)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 55 mA5 V, 55 mA
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 AUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A
Extension Terminal
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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