Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K Detailed Comparison

Pioneer VSX-524-K

Pioneer VSX-523-K

SCORE:
61
SCORE:
62

Highlights

  • 5.1 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Passthrough
  • USB input

Highlights

  • 5.1 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • USB input

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-524-K to Pioneer VSX-523-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 5 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer VSX-523-K 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-524-K

Pioneer VSX-523-K

AMPLIFIER
70
VIDEO FEATURES
64
AUDIO FEATURES
65
CONNECTIVITY
48
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
43
RADIO
59
OVERALL
61
AMPLIFIER
70
VIDEO FEATURES
61
AUDIO FEATURES
65
CONNECTIVITY
61
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
43
RADIO
59
OVERALL
62

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-524-K

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-524-K over Pioneer VSX-523-K.

Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p/4:2:0/24-bit
4K/24p/4:4:4/24-bit
4K/24p/4:2:2/36-bit
vs up to 4K/30p

Advantage of Pioneer VSX-523-K

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-524-K over Pioneer VSX-523-K.

Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
DLNA 1.5 vs
AirPlay vs AirPlay

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   Dolby Pro Logic
👍   DTS Neo
👍   DTS-HD Master Audio
👍   DTS 96/24
👍   DTS Express
👍   DSD via HDMI
👍   DTS Dialog Control
👍   Sound Retriever
👍   Compressed Music Enhancer
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   3-D Ready
👍   4K or 8K Video Passthrough
👍   USB Input
👍   Composite Video Inputs
👍   Composite Video Outputs
👍   Zones
👍   Analog Tuner
CONS
👍   Not Certified 4 Ω Performance
👍   No Bi-amp Capability
👍   Few Channel Processing
👍   No Dolby Atmos
👍   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
👍   No Dolby Surround Upmixer
👍   No DTS:X
👍   No DTS Neural:X
👍   No DTS Virtual:X
👍   No DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
👍   No IMAX Enhanced
👍   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
👍   No High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
👍   No Gapless Playback
👍   No Sound Retriever AIR
👍   No High-resolution Music Enhancer
👍   No HDR10
👍   No HDR10+
👍   No BT.2020 color space
👍   No Dolby Vision
👍   No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
👍   No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling
👍   No Chromecast Built-In
👍   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
👍   Does Not Work with SONOS
👍   No Ethernet
👍   No Wi-Fi
👍   No Bluetooth
👍   No eARC
👍   Few HDMI Inputs
👍   Few HDMI Outputs
👍   Few Analog Audio Line Inputs
👍   No Phono Input
👍   No Component Video Inputs
👍   No Multi-Channel Input
👍   No Analog Pre-Outs
👍   No Pandora
👍   No Spotify
👍   No Tidal
👍   No Deezer
👍   No Napster
👍   No SiriusXM Internet Radio

Amplifier

Pioneer VSX-524-K and Pioneer VSX-523-K have 5 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)


Video Features

Pioneer VSX-524-K supports 4K passthrough up to 60p and Pioneer VSX-523-K supports 4K passthrough up to 30p.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-524-K and Pioneer VSX-523-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-524-K

Pioneer VSX-524-K has 4 HDMI inputs.

Front panel has USB input.

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Pioneer VSX-523-K

Pioneer VSX-523-K supports AirPlay. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has USB input.

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Side by Side Comparison

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-524-K and here - Pioneer VSX-523-K.

BASICS Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
BrandPioneervsPioneer
ModelVSX-524-KvsVSX-523-K
TypeA/V ReceivervsA/V Receiver
CountryUSAvsUSA
Release Year2014vs2013
AMPLIFIER Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
Channels5.1vs5.1
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct EnergyvsDiscrete Direct Energy
THX™ Certificationvs
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedvs
Certified 4 Ω Performancevs
Bi-amp Capabilityvs
AUDIO Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments AureusvsTexas Instruments Aureus
Maximum Channel Processing5.1vs5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationvs
Dolby Atmosvs
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationvs
Dolby TrueHDvs
Dolby Digital Plusvs
Dolby Surround Upmixervs
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIvs PLII
Dolby Digital EXvs
Surround EXvs
DTS:Xvs
DTS Neural:Xvs
DTS Virtual:Xvs
DTS Neo Neo:6vs Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audiovs
DTS-HD High Resolution Audiovs
DTS 96/24vs
DTS Expressvs
DTS-ESvs
IMAX Enhancedvs
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixervs
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AACvsMP3, WMA, AAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkvs 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBvs
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBvs
Gapless Playbackvs
DSD via HDMI 2-ch Inputvs 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Convertervs
USB DACvs
Jitter Reductionvs
Auto Level Control2 Channelvs2 Channel
Dialog Enhancementvs
Dialogue Liftvs
Sound Retriever Advanced (2-Channel)vs Advanced (2-Channel)
Sound Retriever AIRvs
Digital Noise Reductionvs
Tone Control Front L/R Channelsvs Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retrievervs Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancervs
Audyssey Dynamic EQvs
Audyssey Dynamic Volumevs
Audyssey LFCvs
Audyssey Sub EQ HTvs
Audyssey DSXvs
Direct Modevs
Pure Direct Modevs
Auto Surroundvs
Optimum Surroundvs
Advanced Surround9+1 Mode DSPvs9+1 Mode DSP
Wide Surroundvs
Front Stage Surround Advancevs
Headphone Surroundvs
Virtual Speakersvs
Virtual Depthvs
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputvs
CALIBRATION Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC Autovs MCACC Auto
Manual MCACCvs
MCACC Memory1vs1
Phase Controlvs
Full Band Phase Controlvs
Standing Wave Controlvs
EQ Bands5-Bandvs5-Band
Symmetric EQvs
X-Curvevs
Distance Adjustment0.1 Feetvs0.1 Feet
Precision Distancevs
Polarity Checkvs
Auto Subwoofer Crossovervs
VIDEO Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
HDR10vs
HDR10+vs
BT.2020 color spacevs
Dolby Visionvs
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)vs
QMS (Quick Media Switching)vs
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)vs
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)vs
QFT (Quick Frame transport)vs
3-D Readyvs
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p/4:2:0/24-bit
4K/24p/4:4:4/24-bit
4K/24p/4:2:2/36-bit
vsup to 4K/30p
Video Signal Upscalingvs
Analog To HDMI Upconversionvs
Component Video Upscalingvs
Analog to Analog Video conversionvs
Stream Smoothervs
Pure Cinemavs
Video Parameter Adjustmentsvs
Triple HD Noise Reductionvs
Super Resolutionvs
isf Certified Calibration Controlvs
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
MHL Inputvs
DLNA 1.5vs
FireConnectvs
FlareConnectvs
Chromecast Built-Invs
DTS Play-Fivs
Works with Amazon Alexavs
Works with SONOSvs
AirPlayvs AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod and iPhone via front USBvs iPod and iPhone via front USB
Remote Appvs
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevuevs
Ethernetvs
Ethernet Switchvs
Wi-Fivs
Bluetoothvs
HDBaseT Compatiblevs
Enhanced ARCvs
HDMI Input4vs4
HDMI Output1vs1
USB Input1 Frontvs1 Front
USB DC Out Portvs
Analog Audio Line Input3vs3
Analog Audio Line Outputvs
Phono Inputvs
Optical In1vs1
Optical Outvs
Coaxial In/Out1 / vs1 /
Composite Video Input2vs2
Composite Video Output1vs1
S-Video Inputvs
S-Video Outputvs
Component Video Inputvs
Component Video Outputvs
PC Invs
Multi-Channel Inputvs
Analog Pre-Outs0.1vs0.1
XLR Inputsvs
XLR Pre-outsvs
Front A/V InputsUSBvsUSB
Speaker A/Bvs
Headphone Out 6.3 mmvs 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
Zones1vs1
RS-232vs
+12V Trigger Outputvs
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0vs0 / 0
MISC Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
On-Screen DisplayAnalog OnlyvsComposite Video Only
AVNavigatorvs
IP Control for CIvs
PreAmp Modevs
Versatile Speaker Configurationvs
FL Dimmervs
Function Renamevs
Remote ControllerSystem Remote ControlvsSystem Remote Control
Detachable Power Cordvs
adapterportvs
RADIO Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
Analog Tuner FM/AMvs FM/AM
Presets30vs30
Digital Radiovs
Internet Radiovs
Pandoravs
Spotifyvs
Tidalvs
Deezervs
Napstervs
SiriusXM Internet Radiovs
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
Front PanelBrushedvsBrushed
Solid Aluminum Frontvs
Speaker Terminals5vs5
Large Speaker Terminals2vs2
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsvs
3D Space Frame Constructionvs
Gold plated RCA terminalsvs
POWER Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzvsAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformervs
Transformer Stabilizervs
Power Consumption415 Wvs415 W
Standby Power0.1 Wvs0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionvs
Auto Power Standbyvs
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 168 mm x 331..5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-5/8" x 13-1/16"
vs435 mm x 168 mm x 331.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-5/8" x 13-1/16"
Weight8.3 kg (18 lb 5 oz)vs8.3 kg (18 lb 5 oz)
Warranty1 Yearvs1 Year
SPECS Pioneer VSX-524-K vs Pioneer VSX-523-K
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.08% THD)vs80 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)140 W (1% THD)vs140 W (1% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)vs200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dBvs98 dB
S/N Ratio (Line, EIA, at 1 W (1 kHz))79 dBvs79 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHzvs2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)vs1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standardvs
HDMI TerminalType A (19-pin)vsType A (19-pin)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 100 mAvs5 V, 100 mA
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 AvsUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A
Extension Terminalvs
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108 MHzvs87.5 MHz - 108 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1700 kHzvs530 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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