Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932 Detailed Comparison

Pioneer VSX-933

Pioneer VSX-932

SCORE:
86
SCORE:
83

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 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 and Phono inputs

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 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 and Phono inputs

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Overview

Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-933 to Pioneer VSX-932 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 and equally powerful amplifiers.

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer VSX-933 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-933

Pioneer VSX-932

AMPLIFIER
86
VIDEO FEATURES
94
AUDIO FEATURES
87
CONNECTIVITY
83
MULTIZONE
78
MISCELLANEOUS
63
RADIO
92
OVERALL
86
AMPLIFIER
86
VIDEO FEATURES
94
AUDIO FEATURES
87
CONNECTIVITY
82
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
56
RADIO
92
OVERALL
83

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-933

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-933 over Pioneer VSX-932.

Pioneer VSX-933 has more zones.

Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
More HDMI Inputs 6 vs 4
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 5 (1 front) vs 3 (1 front)
More Component Video Inputs 1 vs
More Zones 2 vs 1
More Speaker Terminals 9 vs 7
More Large Speaker Terminals 9 vs 7

Advantage of Pioneer VSX-932

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-933 over Pioneer VSX-932.

Pioneer VSX-933 has more zones.

Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
Bigger Power Supply 460 W vs 480 W

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   Certified 4 Ω Performance
👍   Bi-amp Capability
👍   Dolby Atmos
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   Dolby Surround Upmixer
👍   DTS:X
👍   DTS Neural:X
👍   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
👍   Dialog Normalization
👍   Sound Retriever
👍   Compressed Music Enhancer
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   HDR10
👍   BT.2020 color space
👍   Dolby Vision
👍   HLG
👍   3-D Ready
👍   4K or 8K Video Passthrough
👍   4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
👍   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
👍   FlareConnect
👍   Chromecast Built-In
👍   DTS Play-Fi
👍   Works with SONOS
👍   Ethernet
👍   Wi-Fi
👍   Bluetooth
👍   New HDCP Version
👍   USB Input
👍   Phono Input
👍   Composite Video Inputs
👍   Zones
👍   Analog Tuner
👍   Pandora
👍   Spotify
👍   Tidal
👍   Deezer
👍   New Bluetooth Version
CONS
👍   No Front Wide Channel Support
👍   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
👍   No eARC
👍   Few HDMI Outputs
👍   No Multi-Channel Input
👍   No Analog Pre-Outs
👍   No Napster
👍   No SiriusXM Internet Radio

Amplifier

Pioneer VSX-933 and Pioneer VSX-932 have 7 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and have stable performance at 4 Ω load. Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. They both do 4K upscaling. 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-933 and Pioneer VSX-932 support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. They 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.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Pioneer VSX-933 and Pioneer VSX-932 support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. Both of them can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

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-933 and Pioneer VSX-932 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-933

Pioneer VSX-933 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 works with SONOS and 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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Pioneer VSX-932

Pioneer VSX-932 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 works with SONOS and supports AirPlay. It has 4 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-933 and here - Pioneer VSX-932.

BASICS Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
BrandPioneervsPioneer
ModelVSX-933vsVSX-932
TypeA/V ReceivervsA/V Receiver
CountryNorth AmericavsNorth America
Release Year2018vs2017
AMPLIFIER Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
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 Capabilityvs
AUDIO Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineDigital Quad-Core 32-bit DSP (Cirrus Logic)vsDigital Core Engine with Cirrus Logic (Quad Core) x1
DACAKM AK4458vsAKM AK4438
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 Logicvs
Dolby Digital EXvs
Surround EXvs
DTS:Xvs
DTS Neural:Xvs
DTS Virtual:Xvs
DTS Neovs
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, DSD, Dolby TrueHDvsMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
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, AAC, DSD, Dolby TrueHD
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
Dialog Normalizationvs
Dialogue Liftvs
Sound Retriever Advancedvs Advanced
Sound Retriever AIRvs
Digital Noise Reductionvs
Tone Control All Channelsvs 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 + 1vs10 + 1
Wide Surroundvs
Front Stage Surround Advancevs
Headphone Surroundvs
Virtual Speakersvs
Virtual Depthvs
CALIBRATION Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACCvs MCACC
Manual MCACCvs
MCACC Memory1vs1
Reflex Optimizervs
Phase Controlvs
Full Band Phase Controlvs
Standing Wave Controlvs
EQ Bands9-Bandvs9-Band
Symmetric EQvs
Distance Adjustment0.1 feetvs0.1 feet
Precision Distancevs
Polarity Checkvs
Auto Subwoofer Crossovervs
VIDEO Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
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 (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4Kvs 1080p to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Compositevs Composite
Component Video Upscalingvs
Analog to Analog Video conversionvs
Stream Smoothervs
Pure Cinemavs
Video Parameter Adjustmentsvs
Super Resolutionvs
isf Certified Calibration Controlvs
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
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 Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad (Airplay only)
Remote App Pioneer Remote Appvs Pioneer Remote App
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevuevs
Ethernetvs
Ethernet Switchvs
Wi-Fivs
Bluetooth SBC, AACvs SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatiblevs
Enhanced ARCvs
HDCP Version2.2vs2.2
HDMI Input6vs4
HDMI Output1vs1
USB Input2 (1 Front)vs2 (1 Front)
USB DC Out Portvs
Analog Audio Line Input5 (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 Input1vs
Component Video Outputvs
PC Invs
Multi-Channel Inputvs
Analog Pre-Outs0.2vs0.2
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-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
Zones2vs1
RS-232vs
+12V Trigger Outputvs
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0vs0 / 0
MISC Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
On-Screen DisplayGUI with System/Network Setup MenuvsGUI with System/Network Setup Menu
GUI Languages7vs7
AVNavigatorvs
IP Control for CIvs
PreAmp Modevs
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationFRONT, CENTER, SURROUND, SURROUND BACK/HEIGHT/ Bi-AMP, ZONE 2vsFRONT, CENTER, SURROUND, SURROUND BACK/HEIGHT/Bi-AMP
FL Dimmervs
Remote Controller User-Friendly Simple Remote Controlvs
Detachable Power Cordvs
adapterportvs
RADIO Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
Analog Tuner FM/AMvs FM/AM
Presets40vs40
Digital Radiovs
Internet Radio TuneInvs TuneIn
Pandoravs
Spotifyvs
Tidalvs
Deezervs
Napstervs
SiriusXM Internet Radiovs
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
Front PanelBrushedvsBrushed
Solid Aluminum Frontvs
Speaker Terminals9vs7
Large Speaker Terminals9vs7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsvs
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminalsvs
Ceramic Speaker Terminalsvs
3D Space Frame Constructionvs
Gold plated RCA terminalsvs
POWER Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzvsAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformervs
Transformer Stabilizervs
Power Consumption460 Wvs480 W
No Sound Power55 Wvs45 W
Standby Power0.15 Wvs0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 173 mm x 370.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 14-9/16"
vs435 mm x 173 mm x 320.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 12-5/8"
Weight9.4 kg (20.7 lbs)vs8.8 kg (19.4 lbs)
Warranty1 Year Parts & Laborvs1 Year Parts & Labor
SPECS Pioneer VSX-933 vs Pioneer VSX-932
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.08% THD)vs80 W (0.08% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)165 W (10% THD)vs165 W (10% THD)
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
THD0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)vs0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩvs200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)3.5 mV/47 kΩvs3.5 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance8 Ω - 600 Ωvs330 Ω
Rated Headphone Power Output80 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)vs80 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
Phono Overload70 mV (MM, 1 kHz 0.5%)vs70 mV (MM, 1 kHz 0.5%)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 dBvs106 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)80 dBvs80 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct/Pure Audio)vs10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct/Pure Audio)
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 (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 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 GHzvs5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.1 + LEvs4.1 + LE
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHzvs2.4 GHz
USB TerminalVer. 2.0, 5 V, 500 mAvsVer. 2.0, 5 V, 500 mA
Extension Terminalvs
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHzvs87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 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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