Pioneer VSX-530-K vs Pioneer VSX-524-K Detailed Comparison
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Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-530-K to Pioneer VSX-524-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.

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

Pioneer VSX-530-K Highlights

Pioneer VSX-524-K Highlights

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

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer VSX-530-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-530-K

Pioneer VSX-524-K


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-530-K

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-530-K over Pioneer VSX-524-K.

Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
Super Resolution
MHL Input 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5
AirPlay AirPlay
Remote Controll App iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
On-Screen Display HDMI only Analog Only

Advantage of Pioneer VSX-524-K

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-530-K over Pioneer VSX-524-K.

Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
DTS Express
Auto Level Control 2 Channel
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System MCACC Auto
More EQ Bands 5-Band
Symmetric EQ

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

Dolby TrueHD 👍
Dolby Digital Plus 👍
Dolby Pro Logic 👍
DTS Neo 👍
DTS-HD Master Audio 👍
DTS 96/24 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
Sound Retriever 👍
Compressed Music Enhancer 👍
3-D Ready 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Composite Video Outputs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
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 IMAX Enhanced 👎
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 👎
No High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 👎
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 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 👎

Selected Features


Pioneer VSX-530-K and Pioneer VSX-524-K have 5 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)

Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p.

Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-530-K and Pioneer VSX-524-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.


Pioneer VSX-530-K

Pioneer VSX-530-K can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports[y] AirPlay. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has USB input.

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Pioneer VSX-524-K

Pioneer VSX-524-K has 4 HDMI inputs.

Front panel has USB input.

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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-530-K and here - Pioneer VSX-524-K.

BASICS Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
Release Year20152014
AMPLIFIER Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct EnergyDiscrete Direct Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments AureusTexas Instruments Aureus
Maximum Channel Processing5.15.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII PLII
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AACMP3, WMA, AAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
DSD via HDMI 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
Jitter Reduction
Auto Level Control 2 Channel
Dialog Enhancement
Dialogue Lift
Sound Retriever Advanced (2-Channel) Advanced (2-Channel)
Sound Retriever AIR
Digital Noise Reduction
Tone Control Front L/R Channels Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever 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
Auto Surround
Optimum Surround
Advanced Surround10 + 1 Mode9+1 Mode DSP
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers
Virtual Depth
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC Auto
Manual MCACC
Phase Control
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands 5-Band
Symmetric EQ
Distance Adjustment0.1 feet0.1 Feet
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
VIDEO Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
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/60p (4:2:0 24-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/24p (4:2:2 36-bit)
up to 4K/60p/4:2:0/24-bit
Video Signal Upscaling
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Stream Smoother
Pure Cinema
Video Parameter Adjustments
Triple HD Noise Reduction
Super Resolution
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
MHL Input 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod and iPhone via front USB
Remote App iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet Switch
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDMI Input44
HDMI Output11
USB Input1 Front1 Front
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input33
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In11
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 1 /
Composite Video Input22
Composite Video Output11
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input
Component Video Output
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.10.1
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSBUSB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 00 / 0
MISC Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
On-Screen Display HDMI onlyAnalog Only
IP Control for CI
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker Configuration
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote ControllerSystem Remote ControlSystem Remote Control
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
Front PanelBrushedBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals55
Large Speaker Terminals22
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption415 W415 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
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"
435 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)8.3 kg (18 lb 5 oz)
Warranty1 Year Parts & Labor1 Year
SPECS Pioneer VSX-530-K Pioneer VSX-524-K
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.08% THD)80 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)140 W (1% THD)140 W (1% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB98 dB
S/N Ratio (Line, EIA, at 1 W (1 kHz))79 dB79 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
HDMI TerminalType A (19-pin)Type A (19-pin)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 55 mA5 V, 100 mA
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 0.5 AUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A
Extension Terminal
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108 MHz87.5 MHz - 108 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1700 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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