Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80 Detailed Comparison

Pioneer Elite VSX-90

Pioneer Elite VSX-80

SCORE:
79
SCORE:
78

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 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

Highlights

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

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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.

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 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Dolby Atmos vs
More Tone Control Channels All Channels vs Front L/R Channels
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System MCACC Pro vs Advanced MCACC
Full Band Phase Control vs
Super Resolution vs
Wi-Fi vs via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth vs via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display HDZone vs
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 100 W (0.08% THD) vs 90 W (0.08% THD)
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 101 dB vs 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 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Dolby Digital EX vs
Surround EX vs
DTS Neo Neo:6 vs Neo:X
Dialogue Lift vs via Dialog Enhancement
Wide Surround vs
Virtual Depth vs
Stream Smoother vs
Pure Cinema vs
USB DC Out Port vs 1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
More Component Video Inputs 1 vs 2
More Component Video Outputs vs 1
More Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 vs 2.2
On-Screen Display Icon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) vs Graphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
adapterport vs

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   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
CONS
👍   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

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 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 via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately). It can also connect to bluetooth devices via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately). The Receiver supports 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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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 Elite VSX-90 and here - Pioneer Elite VSX-80.

BASICS Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
BrandPioneervsPioneer
SeriesElitevsElite
ModelVSX-90vsVSX-80
TypeA/V ReceivervsA/V Receiver
CountryUSAvsUSA
Release Year2015vs2014
AMPLIFIER Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Channels7.2vs7.2
Front Wide Channel Supportvs
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct EnergyvsDiscrete Direct Energy
THX™ Certificationvs
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedvs
Certified 4 Ω Performancevs
Bi-amp Capability Frontvs Front
AUDIO Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments AureusvsTexas Instruments Aureus
DACSABRE Premier (ES9006S)vsESS SABRE Premier
Maximum Channel Processing7.1vs7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationvs
Dolby Atmosvs
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationvs
Dolby TrueHDvs
Dolby Digital Plusvs
Dolby Surround Upmixervs
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIzvs PLIIz
Dolby Digital EXvs
Surround EXvs
DTS:Xvs
DTS Neural:Xvs
DTS Virtual:Xvs
DTS Neo Neo:6vs Neo:X
DTS-HD Master Audiovs
DTS-HD High Resolution Audiovs
DTS 96/24vs
DTS Expressvs
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1vs Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
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, DSDvsMP3, 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 bitvs 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDvsApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB up to 96 kHz/24 bitvs up to 96 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 plus PQLS (HDMI Bitstream/ Multi)
Auto Level ControlMulti-ChannelvsMulti-Channel
Dialog Enhancementvs
Dialogue Liftvs via Dialog Enhancement
Sound Retriever Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)vs Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIRvs
Digital Noise Reductionvs
Tone Control All Channelsvs Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retrievervs Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer Hi-bit24 Audio Processingvs Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
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 + 1 Modevs11 + 1 Mode
Wide Surroundvs
Front Stage Surround Advancevs
Headphone Surroundvs
Virtual Speakers (Surround Back/Height/Wide)vs (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
Virtual Depthvs
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputvs
CALIBRATION Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC Provs Advanced MCACC
Manual MCACCvs
MCACC Memory6vs6
Full Band Phase Controlvs
Standing Wave Controlvs
EQ Bands9-Band (Advanced)vs9-Band (Advanced)
Symmetric EQvs
X-Curvevs
Distance Adjustment1/2 Inchvs1/2 Inch
Precision Distancevs
Polarity Checkvs
Auto Subwoofer Crossovervs
VIDEO Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
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 (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
vsup 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)vs up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Compositevs Component****, Composite
Component Video Upscalingvs
Analog to Analog Video conversionvs
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p (1125p)vs1080p (1125p)
Stream Smoothervs
Pure Cinemavs
Video Parameter AdjustmentsvsYNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level
Triple HD Noise Reductionvs
Super Resolutionvs
isf Certified Calibration Controlvs
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
MHL Input 1 Rear (Version 2.0)vs 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5 (DMR)vs
FireConnectvs
FlareConnectvs
Chromecast Built-Invs
DTS Play-Fivs
Works with Amazon Alexavs
Works with SONOSvs
AirPlay AirPlayvs AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod and iPhone via front USBvs iPod and iPhone via front USB
Remote App iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)vs iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevuevs
Ethernetvs
Ethernet Switchvs
Wi-Fivs via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetoothvs via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatiblevs
Enhanced ARCvs
HDMI Input7 (1 front)vs7 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)vs2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
USB Input1 Frontvs1 Front
USB DC Out Portvs1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
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 Input1vs2
Component Video Outputvs1
PC Invs
Multi-Channel Inputvs
Analog Pre-Outs0.2vs2.2
XLR Inputsvs
XLR Pre-outsvs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USBvsHDMI, USB
Speaker A/Bvs
Headphone Out 6.3 mmvs 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Zones3vs3
Powered Zones2 and HDZonevs2 and HDZone
Zone 2RCA Pre/Line OutvsRCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 4 OutsHDMIvsHDMI
RS-232vs
+12V Trigger Output1 (Main, Zone2, HDZone)vs1 (Main, Zone2, HDZone)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1vs1 / 1
MISC Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
On-Screen DisplayIcon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)vsGraphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display HDZonevs
AVNavigator Built-invs Built-in
IP Control for CIvs
PreAmp Modevs
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back / Front Wide/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-Speaker/ Powered HD ZonevsSurround Back/ Front Height/ Front Wide/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-Speaker/ Powered HD Zone
FL Dimmervs
Function Renamevs
Remote ControllerLearning Remote Control (Lumius)vsLearning Remote Control
Detachable Power Cordvs
adapterportvs
RADIO Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Analog Tuner FM/AMvs FM/AM
Presets63vs63
Digital Radiovs
Internet Radio vTunervs vTuner
Pandoravs
Spotifyvs
Tidalvs
Deezervs
Napstervs
SiriusXM Internet Radiovs
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Front PanelBrushedvsBrushed
Solid Aluminum Frontvs
Speaker Terminals9vs9
Large Speaker Terminals9vs9
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsvs
3D Space Frame Constructionvs
Gold plated RCA terminalsvs
POWER Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzvsAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformervs
Transformer Stabilizervs
Power Consumption550 Wvs550 W
Standby Power0.1 Wvs0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionvs
Auto Power Standbyvs
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"
vs435 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)vs9.8 kg (21 lb 10 oz)
Warranty2 Years Parts & Laborvs2 Years Parts & Labor
SPECS Pioneer Elite VSX-90 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-80
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2100 W (0.08% THD)vs90 W (0.08% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)315 mV/47 kΩ (Line)vs315 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)101 dBvs100 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHzvs2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHzvs2.8 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)
vs1 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-TXvs10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
HDMI Terminal19-pin (not DVI)vs19-pin (not DVI)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 55 mAvs5 V, 100 mA
HDMI Input/MHL Terminal5 V, 900 mAvs5 V, 900 mA
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 AvsUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A
Extension Terminalvs
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 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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