Pioneer VSX-90 vs Pioneer VSX-80 Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
79
SCORE:
78

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite VSX-90 to Pioneer Elite VSX-80 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 amplifiers with Pioneer Elite VSX-90's being more powerful.

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

Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Highlights

Pioneer Elite VSX-80 Highlights

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

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer Elite VSX-90 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 Elite VSX-90

Pioneer Elite VSX-80

AMPLIFIER
72
VIDEO FEATURES
79
AUDIO FEATURES
83
CONNECTIVITY
80
MULTIZONE
90
MISCELLANEOUS
71
RADIO
85
OVERALL
79
AMPLIFIER
73
VIDEO FEATURES
79
AUDIO FEATURES
77
CONNECTIVITY
77
MULTIZONE
90
MISCELLANEOUS
71
RADIO
85
OVERALL
78

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 Elite VSX-90

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite VSX-90 over Pioneer Elite VSX-80.

Pioneer Elite VSX-90 has more power per channel, more advanced room correction system and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports Dolby Atmos.

Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Dolby Atmos
More Tone Control Channels All Channels Front L/R Channels
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System MCACC Pro MCACC Advanced
Full Band Phase Control
Super Resolution
Wi-Fi via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display HDZone
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 100 W (0.08% THD) 90 W (0.08% THD)
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 101 dB 100 dB

Advantage of Pioneer Elite VSX-80

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer Elite VSX-90 over Pioneer Elite VSX-80.

Pioneer Elite VSX-90 has more power per channel, more advanced room correction system and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports Dolby Atmos.

Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:X
Dialogue Lift via Dialog Enhancement
Wide Surround
Virtual Depth
Stream Smoother
Pure Cinema
USB DC Out Port 1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
More Component Video Inputs 1 2
More Component Video Outputs 1
More Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 2.2
On-Screen Display Icon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) Graphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
adapterport

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
Front Wide Channel Support 👍
Bi-amp Capability 👍
Dolby TrueHD 👍
Dolby Digital Plus 👍
Dolby Pro Logic 👍
DTS Neo 👍
DTS-HD Master Audio 👍
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 👍
DTS 96/24 👍
DTS Express 👍
DTS-ES 👍
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 👍
Gapless Playback 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
DSD via USB 👍
DSD to PCM Converter 👍
DTS Dialog Control 👍
Dialog Enhancement 👍
Sound Retriever 👍
Sound Retriever AIR 👍
Compressed Music Enhancer 👍
High-resolution Music Enhancer 👍
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. 👍
3-D Ready 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
Analog To HDMI Upconversion 👍
MHL Input 👍
DLNA 1.5 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
Bluetooth 👍
Many HDMI Inputs 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Composite Video Outputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Zones 👍
Detachable Power Cord 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Pandora 👍
Spotify 👍
WEAKNESSES
Not Certified 4 Ω Performance 👎
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 HDR10 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No BT.2020 color space 👎
No Dolby Vision 👎
No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No eARC 👎
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs 👎
No Phono Input 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite VSX-90 and Pioneer Elite VSX-80 have 7 channel amplifiers. Pioneer Elite VSX-90 delivers 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Pioneer Elite VSX-80 delivers 90 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 60p.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Pioneer Elite VSX-90 supports Dolby Atmos. It 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.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite VSX-90 and Pioneer Elite VSX-80 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 Elite VSX-90

Pioneer Elite VSX-90 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[y] AirPlay. It has 7 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Pioneer Elite VSX-80

Pioneer Elite VSX-80 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly[y] via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately). It can also connect to bluetooth devices[y] via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately). The Receiver supports[y] AirPlay. It has 7 HDMI inputs. There are 2.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

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 Elite VSX-90 and here - Pioneer Elite VSX-80.

BASICS Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
BrandPioneerPioneer
SeriesEliteElite
ModelVSX-90VSX-80
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSAUSA
Release Year20152014
AMPLIFIER Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
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 Front
AUDIO Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments AureusTexas Instruments Aureus
DACSABRE Premier (ES9006S)ESS SABRE Premier
Maximum Channel Processing7.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:X
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 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 96 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 plus PQLS (HDMI Bitstream/ Multi)
Auto Level ControlMulti-ChannelMulti-Channel
Dialog Enhancement
Dialogue Lift via Dialog Enhancement
Sound Retriever Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC) Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIR
Digital Noise Reduction
Tone Control All Channels Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer Hi-bit24 Audio Processing 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 Surround10 + 1 Mode11 + 1 Mode
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers (Surround Back/Height/Wide) (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
Virtual Depth
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC Pro MCACC Advanced
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory66
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands9-Band (Advanced)9-Band (Advanced)
Symmetric EQ
X-Curve
Distance Adjustment1/2 Inch1/2 Inch
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
VIDEO Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
HDR10
HDR10+
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 (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/60p (4:2:2 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/60p (Marvell Qdeo) up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Composite Component****, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p (1125p)1080p (1125p)
Stream Smoother
Pure Cinema
Video Parameter Adjustments YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level
Triple HD Noise Reduction
Super Resolution
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
MHL Input 1 Rear (Version 2.0) 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5 (DMR)
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod and iPhone via front USB 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 via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDMI Input7 (1 front)7 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
USB Input1 Front1 Front
USB DC Out Port 1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
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 Input12
Component Video Output 1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.22.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USBHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Zones33
Powered Zones2 and HDZone2 and HDZone
Zone 2RCA Pre/Line OutRCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 4 OutsHDMIHDMI
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output1 (Main, Zone2, HDZone)1 (Main, Zone2, HDZone)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 11 / 1
MISC Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
On-Screen DisplayIcon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)Graphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display HDZone
AVNavigator Built-in Built-in
IP Control for CI
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back / Front Wide/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-Speaker/ Powered HD ZoneSurround Back/ Front Height/ Front Wide/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-Speaker/ Powered HD Zone
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote ControllerLearning Remote Control (Lumi us)Learning Remote Control
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Presets6363
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Front PanelBrushedBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals99
Large Speaker Terminals99
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption550 W550 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power Standby
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 168 mm x 363 mm
17-3/16" x 6-5/8" x 14-5/16"
435 mm x 168 mm x 363 mm
17-3/16" x 6-5/8" x 14-5/16"
Weight9.8 kg (21 lb 10 oz)9.8 kg (21 lb 10 oz)
Warranty2 Years Parts & Labor2 Years Parts & Labor
SPECS Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2100 W (0.08% THD)90 W (0.08% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)315 mV/47 kΩ (Line)315 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)101 dB100 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 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
HDMI Terminal19-pin (not DVI)19-pin (not DVI)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 55 mA5 V, 100 mA
HDMI Input/MHL Terminal5 V, 900 mA5 V, 900 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 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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