Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831 Detailed Comparison

Pioneer VSX-832

Pioneer VSX-831

SCORE:
81
SCORE:
77

Highlights

  • 5.1 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, Chromecast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-832 to Pioneer VSX-831 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 Pioneer VSX-832 has 5 channel and the Pioneer VSX-831 has 5 channel amplifiers.

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer VSX-832 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-832

Pioneer VSX-831

AMPLIFIER
84
VIDEO FEATURES
94
AUDIO FEATURES
87
CONNECTIVITY
79
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
48
RADIO
90
OVERALL
81
AMPLIFIER
77
VIDEO FEATURES
92
AUDIO FEATURES
73
CONNECTIVITY
81
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
48
RADIO
85
OVERALL
77

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-832

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-832 over Pioneer VSX-831.

Pioneer VSX-832 has bigger power supply. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Tidal and Deezer. In video department only Pioneer VSX-832 supports Hybrid Log Gamma.

Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
Dolby Atmos vs
Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
DTS:X vs
DTS Neural:X vs
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD vs MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
HLG vs
FlareConnect vs
DTS Play-Fi vs
USB Input 2 (1 Front) vs 1 Front
Versatile Speaker Configuration FRONT, CENTER, SURROUND vs
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS vs FM/AM
Tidal vs
Deezer vs
Bigger Power Supply 400 W vs 380 W
Wider AM Frequency Range 522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz vs 530 kHz - 1710 kHz

Advantage of Pioneer VSX-831

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-832 over Pioneer VSX-831.

Pioneer VSX-832 has bigger power supply. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Tidal and Deezer. In video department only Pioneer VSX-832 supports Hybrid Log Gamma.

Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
More Channels 5.1 vs 5.2
Bi-amp capability vs
Dolby Pro Logic vs PLII
DTS Neo vs Neo:6
More Tone Control Channels 2 Channel vs All Channels
Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K vs up to 4K
FireConnect vs
More HDMI Inputs 4 vs 6
Phono Input vs
Pandora vs
Higher Rated Headphone Power Output 80 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD) vs 85 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   DTS-HD Master Audio
👍   DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
👍   DTS 96/24
👍   DTS Express
👍   High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
👍   Gapless Playback
👍   DSD via HDMI
👍   DSD via USB
👍   Sound Retriever
👍   Compressed Music Enhancer
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   HDR10
👍   BT.2020 color space
👍   Dolby Vision
👍   3-D Ready
👍   4K or 8K Video Passthrough
👍   4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
👍   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
👍   Chromecast Built-In
👍   Ethernet
👍   Wi-Fi
👍   Bluetooth
👍   New HDCP Version
👍   USB Input
👍   Composite Video Inputs
👍   Zones
👍   Analog Tuner
👍   Spotify
👍   New Bluetooth Version
CONS
👍   Few Channel Processing
👍   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
👍   No DTS Virtual:X
👍   No IMAX Enhanced
👍   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
👍   No Sound Retriever AIR
👍   No High-resolution Music Enhancer
👍   No HDR10+
👍   No DLNA 1.5
👍   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
👍   Does Not Work with SONOS
👍   No eARC
👍   Few HDMI Outputs
👍   Few Analog Audio Line Inputs
👍   No Component Video Inputs
👍   No Multi-Channel Input
👍   No Analog Pre-Outs
👍   No Napster
👍   No SiriusXM Internet Radio

Amplifier

Pioneer VSX-832 has 5 channel and Pioneer VSX-831 has 5 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and have stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. Pioneer VSX-832 can do 4K upscaling and Pioneer VSX-831 can do 4K upscaling up to 30p. The receivers support 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-832 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 3.1.2 channels.

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-832 supports DTS:X. It can be configured upto 3.1.2 channels.

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-832 and Pioneer VSX-831 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-832

Pioneer VSX-832 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 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has USB and Mini-Jack inputs.

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Pioneer VSX-831

Pioneer VSX-831 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 6 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 USB and Mini-Jack inputs.

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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-832 and here - Pioneer VSX-831.

BASICS Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
BrandPioneervsPioneer
ModelVSX-832vsVSX-831
TypeA/V ReceivervsA/V Receiver
CountryEuropevsNorth America
Release Year2017vs2017
AMPLIFIER Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
Channels5.1vs5.2
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct EnergyvsDiscrete Direct Energy
THX™ Certificationvs
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedvs
Certified 4 Ω Performancevs
Bi-amp Capabilityvs
AUDIO Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineDigital Core Engine with Cirrus Logic (Quad Core) x1vsCirrus Logic (Quad Core) x 1
DACAKM AK4438vsAKM AK4458
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 Logicvs PLII
Dolby Digital EXvs
Surround EXvs
DTS:Xvs
DTS Neural:Xvs
DTS Virtual:Xvs
DTS Neovs 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, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHDvsMP3, 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 bitvs 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHDvsApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/24 bitvs up to 192 kHz/24 bit
Gapless Playbackvs
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Inputvs 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Convertervs
USB DACvs
Jitter Reductionvs
Dialog Enhancementvs
Dialogue Liftvs
Sound Retriever Advanced (2-Channel)vs Advanced (2-Channel)
Sound Retriever AIRvs
Digital Noise Reductionvs
Tone Control 2 Channelvs All 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 Surround10 + 1vs12
Wide Surroundvs
Front Stage Surround Advancevs
Headphone Surroundvs
Virtual Speakersvs
Virtual Depthvs
CALIBRATION Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACCvs MCACC
Manual MCACCvs
MCACC Memory1vs1
Phase Controlvs
Full Band Phase Controlvs
Standing Wave Controlvs
Symmetric EQvs
Precision Distancevs
Polarity Checkvs
Auto Subwoofer Crossovervs
VIDEO Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
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 (YCbCr 4:4:4)vsup to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/60p (4:2:0 36-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4Kvs up to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Compositevs Composite
Analog to Analog Video conversionvs
Stream Smoothervs
Pure Cinemavs
Video Parameter Adjustmentsvs
Super Resolutionvs
isf Certified Calibration Controlvs
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
MHL Inputvs
DLNA 1.5vs
FireConnectvs
FlareConnectvs
Chromecast Built-Invs
DTS Play-Fivs
Works with Amazon Alexavs
Works with SONOSvs
AirPlay AirPlayvs AirPlay
Apple Product Connection Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad (Airplay only)vs iPod, iPhone and iPad (Airplay only)
Remote App Pioneer Remote Appvs iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevuevs
Ethernetvs
Ethernet Switchvs
Wi-Fivs
Bluetooth SBC, AACvs
HDBaseT Compatiblevs
Enhanced ARCvs
HDCP Version2.2vs2.2
HDMI Input4vs6
HDMI Output1vs1
USB Input2 (1 Front)vs1 Front
USB DC Out Portvs
Analog Audio Line Input3 (1 front)vs3 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputvs
Phono Inputvs
Optical In1vs1
Optical Outvs
Coaxial In/Out1 / vs1 /
Composite Video Input2vs2
Composite Video Outputvs
S-Video Inputvs
S-Video Outputvs
Component Video Inputvs
Component Video Outputvs
PC Invs
Multi-Channel Inputvs
Analog Pre-Outs0.1vs0.2
XLR Inputsvs
XLR Pre-outsvs
Front A/V InputsUSB, Mini-JackvsUSB, Mini-Jack
Speaker A/Bvs
Headphone Out 6.3 mmvs 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
Zones1vs1
RS-232vs
+12V Trigger Outputvs
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0vs0 / 0
MISC Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
On-Screen DisplayGUI with System/Network Setup MenuvsIcon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
AVNavigatorvs
IP Control for CIvs
PreAmp Modevs
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationFRONT, CENTER, SURROUNDvs
FL Dimmervs
Remote Controllervs
Detachable Power Cordvs
adapterportvs
RADIO Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDSvs FM/AM
Presets40vs40
Digital Radiovs
Internet Radio TuneInvs TuneIn
Pandoravs
Spotifyvs
Tidalvs
Deezervs
Napstervs
SiriusXM Internet Radiovs
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
Front PanelBrushedvsBrushed
Solid Aluminum Frontvs
Speaker Terminals5vs5
Large Speaker Terminals5vs5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsvs
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminalsvs
Ceramic Speaker Terminalsvs
3D Space Frame Constructionvs
Gold plated RCA terminalsvs
POWER Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
Power SupplyAC 220-240 V, 50/60 HzvsAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformervs
Transformer Stabilizervs
Power Consumption400 Wvs380 W
No Sound Power40 Wvs45 W
Standby Power0.15 Wvs0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
Auto Power offvs
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 173 mm x 320.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 12-5/8"
vs435 mm x 173 mm x 370.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 14-9/16"
Weight8.6 kg (19 lbs)vs9.0 kg (19.8 lbs)
Warranty1 Year Parts & Laborvs1 Year Parts & Labor
SPECS Pioneer VSX-832 vs Pioneer VSX-831
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)160 Wvs160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)125 Wvs125 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)85 Wvs85 W
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩvs200 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance330 Ωvs330 Ω
Rated Headphone Power Output80 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)vs85 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 dBvs106 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct/Pure Audio)vs10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Pure Direct)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHzvs2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHzvs5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)vs1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TXvs10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/nvsIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHzvsDual band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.1 + LEvs4.1 + LE
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHzvs2.4 GHz
USB TerminalVer. 2.0, 5 V, 500 mAvsUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A
Extension Terminalvs
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHzvs87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
AM Frequency522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHzvs530 kHz - 1710 kHz

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

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