Pioneer VSX-1130-K

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    Highlights

    • 7.2 Channels
    • 7.1 Channel Processing
    • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • Dolby Atmos
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/30Hz Upscaling
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
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    Overview

    Pioneer VSX-1130-K was introduced in 2015. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz and 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 76 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

    Amplifier
    77
    Audio Features
    81
    Video Features
    71
    Connectivity
    80
    Zones
    66
    Radio
    85
    OVERALL
    76

    For more details about the ranking please scroll down to an    Evaluation section.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer VSX-1130-K.

    PROs

    •   Front Wide Channel Support
    •   Dolby Atmos
    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   7 HDMI Inputs
    •   USB Input
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify

    CONs

    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No DTS:X
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No HDR10
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No Dolby Vision
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   0 8K Input
    •   Few RCA Line Inputs
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Tidal
    •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   7.2 Channels
    •   Power Output - 100 W
    •   7.1 Channel Processing
    •   3 HDMI Outputs
    •   2 Zones

    Pioneer 2015 Lineup

    In 2015 Pioneer released 9 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Pioneer 2015 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsRoom Corr.Immersive AudioHDRZones Price
    SC-99 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W11.213.2 MCACC ProDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR104
    SC-97 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W11.213.2 MCACC ProDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR104
    SC-95 Image cannot be found 9.2135 W11.213.2 MCACC ProDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR104
    SC-91 Image cannot be found 7.2130 W7.1 MCACC ProDolby Atmos3
    VSX-90 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1 MCACC ProDolby Atmos3
    VSX-45 Image cannot be found 5.280 W5.1 Advanced MCACC1
    VSX-1130-K Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1 MCACC ProDolby Atmos2
    VSX-830-K Image cannot be found 5.280 W5.1 Advanced MCACC1
    VSX-530-K Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.11

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Pioneer SC-99 vs SC-97 vs SC-95 vs SC-91 vs VSX-90 vs VSX-45.

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-1130-K to its predecessor VSX-1124-K and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-1130-K vs Pioneer VSX-1124-K
    Higher Power Output 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    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
    Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Composite 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 DSD Sampling Rate via USB 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz vs 2.8 MHz
    DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-1130-K vs Pioneer VSX-1124-K
    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
    Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K vs up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo)
    Stream Smoother vs
    Pure Cinema vs
    Triple HD Noise Reduction vs
    USB DC Out Port vs 1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
    Less RCA Pre-Outs 0.2 vs 2.2
    adapterport vs
    Less Zones 2 vs 3
    Less Powered Zones HDMI vs 2 and HDZone
    On-Screen Display Icon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) vs Graphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer VSX-1130-K vs VSX-1124-K.

    Successor

    In 2017 Pioneer VSX-1130-K was replaced by Pioneer VSX-1131. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Pioneer VSX-1130-K and its successor.

    UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-1131 vs Pioneer VSX-1130-K
    Higher DAC Specs 384 kHz/32 Bit vs 192 kHz/24 Bit
    Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
    DTS:X vs
    DTS Neural:X vs
    HDR10 vs
    BT.2020 color space vs
    Dolby Vision vs
    Chromecast Built-In vs
    More Optical Inputs 2 vs 1
    More RCA Line Inputs 5 (1 front) vs 3
    Phono Input vs
    Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, Mini-Jack vs HDMI, USB
    More Powered Zones 2 vs HDMI
    Bigger Power Supply 580 W vs 550 W
    Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC) 170 W (1% THD) vs 165 W (1% THD)
    Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 106 dB vs 101 dB
    Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n vs IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
    Newer Bluetooth Version 4․1 + LE vs 2․1 + EDR
    Wider AM Frequency Range 530 kHz - 1710 kHz vs 530 kHz - 1700 kHz
    DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-1131 vs Pioneer VSX-1130-K
    Front Wide Channel Support vs
    Dolby Pro Logic vs
    DTS Neo vs Neo:6
    DSD to PCM Converter vs
    Jitter Reduction vs
    Dialog Enhancement vs
    Sound Retriever Advanced (2-Channel) vs Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
    Sound Retriever AIR vs
    Digital Noise Reduction vs
    High-resolution Music Enhancer vs Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
    Headphone Surround vs
    Virtual Speakers vs (Surround Back/Height/Wide)
    Less Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System MCACC vs MCACC Pro
    Higher MCACC Memory 1 vs 6
    Auto Phase Control Plus vs
    Standing Wave Control vs
    Distance Adjustment 0.1 feet vs 1/2 Inch
    Polarity Check vs
    Component Video Maximum Resolution 480i/576i vs 1080p (1125p)
    Video Parameter Adjustments vs
    MHL Input vs 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
    DLNA 1.5 vs
    Less HDMI Outputs 2 (simultaneous) vs 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
    Less Composite Video Outputs vs 1
    Remote (IR) Input/Output 0 / 0 vs 1 / 1
    Multi-Zone On-Screen Display vs HDZone
    AVNavigator vs Built-in
    Less Presets 40 vs 63

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer VSX-1130-K vs VSX-1131.

    Audio Section

    7 channel Discrete Direct Energy Amplifier

    Pioneer VSX-1130-K features 7 channel power amplifier with Discrete Direct Energy design. It is rated at 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels7.2
      Power Output100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support
      Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct Energy
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability Front

      Speaker Configurations

      Pioneer VSX-1130-K's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
      • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
      • Front Wide Channel support: Pioneer VSX-1130-K supports front wide channels. With the presence of two front wide speakers you can enhance the front surround stage. The following speaker configurations are available for front wide channels - 7.2.
      • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Pioneer VSX-1130-K allows you to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.
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      Dolby Atmos

      Pioneer VSX-1130-K supports Dolby Atmos. It is a cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound 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. 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.

      DECODING
      Dolby Atmos
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      Dolby Atmos Music
      Dolby TrueHD with Loudness Management
      Dolby Digital Plus
      Dolby Surround Upmixer
      Dolby Pro Logic
      Dolby Digital EX
      Surround EX
      DTS:X
      DTS Neural:X
      DTS Virtual:X
      DTS Neo Neo:6
      DTS-HD Master Audio
      DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
      DTS 96/24
      DTS Express
      DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
      IMAX Enhanced
      Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

      Sound Processing

      • Advanced Sound Retriever: Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-1130-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.

      Room Calibration

      Pioneer VSX-1130-K comes with MCACC Pro room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

      • MCACC: Pioneer’s exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) delivers an easy-to-use, automatic sound adjustment system to precision-tune your Pioneer and Pioneer Elite receivers with minimal effort. Every MCACC system comes with a microphone to measure and analyze reverb characteristics. The equalizer optimally adjusts sound parameters to fit the size and shape of your home environment while maintaining the integrity of high-resolution playback without any degradation to the quality of your music.

      Video Section

      HDMI

      Pioneer VSX-1130-K features 7 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs: 1 for MAIN and 1 for MAIN/HDZONE.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass 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.
      • 4K Upscaling: Pioneer VSX-1130-K can upscale up to 4K from HDMI and analog sources.
      • Analog To HDMI Upconversion: The a/v receiver supports video upconversion, so you can connect your analog Component and Composite video sources and Pioneer VSX-1130-K will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
      • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
      • 3D Ready: Pioneer VSX-1130-K is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.
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      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      HDCP Version2.2
      QMS (Quick Media Switching)
      ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
      VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
      QFT (Quick Frame transport)
      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)
      Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K

      Multi-zone Playback

      Pioneer VSX-1130-K offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 2 different rooms.


      Zone 2

        ZONES
        Number of Zones2
        Powered ZonesHDMI
        RS-232C Interface
        +12V Trigger Output
        Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1

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        Inputs and Outputs

        Audio

        • Analog Line Inputs: There are 3 line inputs for analog audio connection.
        • Digital Inputs: 1 optical input and 1 coaxial input are available for digital audio connection.
        • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

        Video

        • HDMI:
        • Inputs: 7 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
          8K Inputs: 0
        • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
        • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1
        • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one. Pioneer VSX-1130-K supports up to 1080p (1125p) resolution on Component video connectors.
        • Inputs: 1   Outputs: 0

        Front A/V Inputs

        • HDMI, USB
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        TERMINALS
        HDMI Inputs7 (1 front)
        HDMI Outputs2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
        8K Inputs
        USB Input1 Front
        USB DC Out Port
        Optical Inputs1
        Optical Outputs
        Coaxial Inputs1
        RCA Line Inputs3
        RCA Line Outputs
        XLR Line Inputs
        Phono Input
        Multi-Channel Input
        RCA Pre-Outs0.2
        XLR Pre-outs
        Composite Video Inputs2
        Composite Video Outputs1
        S-Video Inputs
        S-Video Outputs
        Component Video Inputs1
        Component Video Outputs

        Pioneer VSX-1130-K Evaluation

        We evaluate Pioneer VSX-1130-K and give score of 76 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


        OVERALL
        76

        Amplifier

        GOOD
        77

        We give Pioneer VSX-1130-K a score of 77 for Amplifier features.

        •   7.2 Channels
        •   Power Output - 100 W

        Audio Features

        GOOD
        81

        We give Pioneer VSX-1130-K a score of 81 for Audio Features features.

        •   7.2 Channels
        •   Front Wide Channel Support
        •   7.1 Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   No DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   DSD via HDMI

        Video Features

        GOOD
        71

        We give Pioneer VSX-1130-K a score of 71 for Video Features features.

        •   No HDR10
        •   No HDR10+
        •   No Dolby Vision
        •   No 8K Passthrough
        •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion

        Connectivity

        GOOD
        80

        We give Pioneer VSX-1130-K a score of 80 for Connectivity features.

        •   No eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        •   7 HDMI Inputs
        •   3 HDMI Outputs
        •   0 8K Input
        •   USB Input
        •   Few RCA Line Inputs
        •   No Phono Input
        •   No RCA Pre-Outs
        •   Composite Video Inputs
        •   Component Video Inputs
        •   Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR

        Zones

        AVERAGE
        66

        We give Pioneer VSX-1130-K a score of 66 for Zones features.

        •   2 Zones

        Radio

        EXCELLENT
        85

        We give Pioneer VSX-1130-K a score of 85 for Radio features.

        •   Analog Tuner
        •   Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   No Tidal


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