Pioneer VSX-531 vs Pioneer VSX-530-K Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
23
SCORE:
22

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-531 to Pioneer VSX-530-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-531 Highlights

Pioneer VSX-530-K Highlights

  • 5.1 channels
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input
  • 5.1 channels
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer VSX-531 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-531

Pioneer VSX-530-K

AMPLIFIER
31
VIDEO FEATURES
28
AUDIO FEATURES
17
CONNECTIVITY
19
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
11
RADIO
21
OVERALL
23
AMPLIFIER
35
VIDEO FEATURES
14
AUDIO FEATURES
17
CONNECTIVITY
24
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
11
RADIO
21
OVERALL
22

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-531 over Pioneer VSX-530-K

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-531 over Pioneer VSX-530-K.

In video department only Pioneer VSX-531 supports HDR10.

Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
Auto Level Control
HDR10
Front A/V Inputs USB, Mini-Jack USB

Advantage of Pioneer VSX-530-K over Pioneer VSX-531

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-530-K over Pioneer VSX-531.

Pioneer VSX-530-K has bigger power supply.

Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
Front Stage Surround Advance
Headphone Surround
Super Resolution
MHL Input 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5
AirPlay AirPlay
Remote Controll App iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
Bigger Power Supply 210 W 415 W

Common Strengths of Pioneer VSX-531 and Pioneer VSX-530-K

Pioneer VSX-531 and Pioneer VSX-530-K share common strengths such as bluetooth.

STRENGTHS Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
DSD via HDMI 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K/60p (4:4:4) up to 4K/60p (4:2:0 24-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/24p (4:2:2 36-bit)
Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
New HDCP Version 2.2 2.2
USB Input 1 Front 1 Front
Composite Video Inputs 2 2
Zones 1 1
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM

Common Weaknesses of Pioneer VSX-531 and Pioneer VSX-530-K

Pioneer VSX-531 and Pioneer VSX-530-K share common weaknesses such as no Dolby Atmos support, no DTS:X support, no Auro3D support, no Dolby Vision, no ChromeCast, no DTS Play-Fi, no Amazon Alexa, no SONOS, no ethernet connection, no wi-fi, no phono input, no analog multi-channel input, no analog pre-outs, no internet radio, no Pandora, no Spotify, no Tidal, no Deezer, no Napster and no SiriusXM.

WEAKNESSES Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
Few Channel Processing 5.1 5.1
No Dolby Atmos
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
No DTS:X
No DTS Neural:X
No DTS Virtual:X
No IMAX Enhanced
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
No DSD via USB
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume
No Audyssey LFC
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No Dolby Vision
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
No VRR
No QFT
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling
No FireConnect
No FlareConnect
No Chromecast Built-In
No DTS Play-Fi
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
Does Not Work with SONOS
No Ethernet
No Wi-Fi
No eARC
Few HDMI Inputs 4 4
Few HDMI Outputs 1 1
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs 3 (1 front) 3
No Phono Input
No Component Video Inputs
No Multi-Channel Input
No Analog Pre-Outs 0.1 0.1
No Internet Radio
No Pandora
No Spotify
No Tidal
No Deezer
No Napster
No SiriusXM Internet Radio
Old Bluetooth Version 3.0 3.0

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer VSX-531 and Pioneer VSX-530-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. Pioneer VSX-531 supports HDR10.


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.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-531 and Pioneer VSX-530-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-531

Pioneer VSX-531 can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has USB and Mini-Jack inputs.

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Pioneer VSX-530-K

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

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-531 and here - Pioneer VSX-530-K.

BASICS Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
BrandPioneerPioneer
ModelVSX-531VSX-530-K
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryNorth AmericaUSA
Release Year20162015
AMPLIFIER Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
Channels5.15.1
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct EnergyDiscrete Direct Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-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:X
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
DTS-ES
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 via USB
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
Auto Level Control
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 + 110 + 1 Mode
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers
Virtual Depth
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
Manual MCACC
Phase Control
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands
Symmetric EQ
X-Curve
Distance Adjustment0.1 feet0.1 feet
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
VIDEO Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-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)up to 4K/60p (4:2:0 24-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/24p (4:2:2 36-bit)
Video Signal Upscaling
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
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-531 Pioneer VSX-530-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
Apple Product Connection
Remote App iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Inputs44
HDMI Outputs11
USB Input1 Front1 Front
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs3 (1 front)3
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs11
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No1 / No
Composite Video Inputs22
Composite Video Outputs11
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs
Component Video Outputs
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.10.1
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSB, Mini-JackUSB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
Zones11
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 00 / 0
MISC Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
On-Screen Display HDMI only HDMI only
AVNavigator
IP Control
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker Configuration
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote ControllerSystem Remote Control
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Presets3030
Digital Radio
Internet Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
Front PanelBrushedBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals55
Large Speaker Terminals22
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
Ceramic Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption210 W415 W
Standby Power0.45 W0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
Auto Power off
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 168 mm x 320.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-5/8" x 12-5/8"
435 mm x 168 mm x 331.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-5/8" x 13-1/16"
Weight8.0 kg (17 lb 10 oz)8.3 kg (18 lb 5 oz)
Warranty1 Year Parts & Labor1 Year Parts & Labor
SPECS Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)80 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)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Bluetooth Version3.03.0
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
HDMI TerminalType A (19-pin)Type A (19-pin)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 55 mA5 V, 55 mA
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 0.5 AUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 0.5 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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