Pioneer VSX-1131 Review and Specs
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Pioneer VSX-1131 (North American version)

SCORE:
84

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, Chromecast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Pioneer VSX-1131 Overview

Pioneer VSX-1131 was introduced in 2017. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 84 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
82
VIDEO FEATURES
92
AUDIO FEATURES
87
CONNECTIVITY
83
MULTIZONE
77
MISCELLANEOUS
63
RADIO
85
OVERALL
84

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 video signal passthrough and 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...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer VSX-1131.

PROS
Bi-amp Capability πŸ‘
Dolby Atmos πŸ‘
Dolby TrueHD πŸ‘
Dolby Digital Plus πŸ‘
Dolby Surround Upmixer πŸ‘
DTS:X πŸ‘
DTS Neural:X πŸ‘
DTS-HD Master Audio πŸ‘
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio πŸ‘
DTS 96/24 πŸ‘
DTS Express πŸ‘
DTS-ES πŸ‘
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network πŸ‘
Gapless Playback πŸ‘
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
DSD via USB πŸ‘
Sound Retriever πŸ‘
Compressed Music Enhancer πŸ‘
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. πŸ‘
HDR10 πŸ‘
BT.2020 color space πŸ‘
Dolby Vision πŸ‘
3-D Ready πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling πŸ‘
Analog To HDMI Upconversion πŸ‘
FireConnect πŸ‘
Chromecast Built-In πŸ‘
Ethernet πŸ‘
Wi-Fi πŸ‘
Bluetooth πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
Many HDMI Inputs πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Phono Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Component Video Inputs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
Pandora πŸ‘
Spotify πŸ‘
New Bluetooth Version πŸ‘
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support πŸ‘Ž
Not Certified 4 Ω Performance πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X πŸ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced πŸ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No Sound Retriever AIR πŸ‘Ž
No High-resolution Music Enhancer πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ πŸ‘Ž
No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) πŸ‘Ž
No DLNA 1.5 πŸ‘Ž
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa πŸ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS πŸ‘Ž
No eARC πŸ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input πŸ‘Ž
No Analog Pre-Outs πŸ‘Ž
No Tidal πŸ‘Ž
No Deezer πŸ‘Ž
No Napster πŸ‘Ž
No SiriusXM Internet Radio πŸ‘Ž

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-1131 to its predecessor VSX-1130-K and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Dolby Surround Upmixer βœ” βœ”
DTS:X βœ” βœ–
DTS Neural:X βœ” βœ–
HDR10 βœ” βœ–
BT.2020 color space βœ” βœ–
Dolby Vision βœ” βœ–
FireConnect βœ” βœ–
Chromecast Built-In βœ” βœ–
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 5 (1 front) 3
Phono Input βœ” βœ–
More Optical Inputs 2 1
Bigger Power Supply 580 W 550 W
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.1 + LE 2.1 + EDR

DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-1131 Pioneer VSX-1130-K
Front Wide Channel Support βœ– βœ”
Sound Retriever βœ” Advanced (2-Channel) βœ” Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIR βœ– βœ”
High-resolution Music Enhancer βœ– βœ” Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
Less Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System βœ” MCACC βœ” MCACC Pro
MHL Input βœ– βœ” 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5 βœ– βœ”
Less HDMI Outputs 2 (simultaneous) 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
Less Composite Video Outputs βœ– 1

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

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer VSX-1131 has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling up to 30p. It can bypass 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-1131 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. 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 Audioβ„’ 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-1131 supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It 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 a new 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-1131 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 Correction

Pioneer VSX-1131 comes with[y] MCACC room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Pioneer VSX-1131 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 and 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 HDMI, USB and Mini-Jack inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer VSX-1131.

BASICS
BrandPioneer
ModelVSX-1131
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryNorth America
Release Year2017
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Supportβœ–
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct Energy
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ–
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ”
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineCirrus Logic (Quad Core) x 1
DACAKM AK4458
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ”
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ”
Dolby Pro Logicβœ–
Dolby Digital EXβœ–
Surround EXβœ–
DTS:Xβœ”
DTS Neural:Xβœ”
DTS Virtual:Xβœ–
DTS Neoβœ–
DTS-HD Master Audioβœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioβœ”
DTS 96/24βœ”
DTS Expressβœ”
DTS-ESβœ” Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedβœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerβœ–
PCMβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkβœ” 64, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBβœ” up to 192 kHz/24 bit
Gapless Playbackβœ”
DSD via HDMIβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBβœ” 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converterβœ–
USB DACβœ–
Jitter Reductionβœ–
Auto Level Controlβœ”
Dialog Enhancementβœ–
Dialogue Liftβœ–
Sound Retrieverβœ” Advanced (2-Channel)
Sound Retriever AIRβœ–
Digital Noise Reductionβœ–
Tone Controlβœ” All Channels
Compressed Music Enhancerβœ” Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancerβœ–
Audyssey Dynamic EQβœ–
Audyssey Dynamic Volumeβœ–
Audyssey LFCβœ–
Audyssey Sub EQ HTβœ–
Audyssey DSXβœ–
Direct Modeβœ”
Pure Direct Modeβœ”
Auto Surroundβœ”
Optimum Surroundβœ–
Advanced Surround12
Wide Surroundβœ–
Front Stage Surround Advanceβœ”
Headphone Surroundβœ–
Virtual Speakersβœ–
Virtual Depthβœ–
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputβœ–
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.βœ” MCACC
Manual MCACCβœ”
MCACC Memory1
Reflex Optimizerβœ–
Phase Controlβœ”
Full Band Phase Controlβœ–
Standing Wave Controlβœ–
EQ Bands9-Band
Symmetric EQβœ”
X-Curveβœ”
Distance Adjustment0.1 feet
Precision Distanceβœ–
Polarity Checkβœ–
Auto Subwoofer Crossoverβœ”
VIDEO
HDR10βœ”
HDR10+βœ–
Dynamic HDRβœ–
BT.2020 color spaceβœ”
Dolby Visionβœ”
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)βœ–
Quick Media Switching (QMS)βœ–
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-throughβœ–
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)βœ–
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)βœ–
3-D Readyβœ”
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/60p (4:2:0 36-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
Video Signal Upscalingβœ” up to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ” Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscalingβœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionβœ–
Component Video Maximum Resolution480i/576i
Stream Smootherβœ–
Pure Cinemaβœ–
Video Parameter Adjustmentsβœ–
Triple HD Noise Reductionβœ–
Super Resolutionβœ”
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ–
DLNA 1.5βœ–
FireConnectβœ”
FlareConnectβœ–
Chromecast Built-Inβœ”
DTS Play-Fiβœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ–
Works with SONOSβœ–
AirPlayβœ” AirPlay
Apple Product Connectionβœ” iPod, iPhone and iPad (Airplay only)
Remote Appβœ” iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ–
Ethernetβœ”
Ethernet Switchβœ–
Wi-Fiβœ”
Bluetoothβœ”
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced ARCβœ–
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Input7 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (simultaneous)
USB Input1 Front
USB DC Out Portβœ–
Analog Audio Line Input5 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputβœ–
Phono Inputβœ”
Optical In2
Optical Outβœ–
Coaxial In/Out1 / βœ–
Composite Video Input2
Composite Video Outputβœ–
S-Video Inputβœ–
S-Video Outputβœ–
Component Video Input1
Component Video Outputβœ–
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Mini-Jack
Speaker A/Bβœ”
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones2
Powered Zonesβœ” 2
Zone 2Line Out
RS-232βœ–
+12V Trigger Outputβœ–
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
MISC
On-Screen DisplayIcon-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
Multi-Zone On-Screen Displayβœ–
AVNavigatorβœ–
IP Control for CIβœ–
PreAmp Modeβœ–
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back/ Front Height/ Top/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-Speaker
FL Dimmerβœ”
Function Renameβœ”
Remote Controllerβœ”
Detachable Power Cordβœ–
adapterportβœ–
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM/AM
Presets40
Digital Radioβœ–
Internet Radioβœ” TuneIn
Pandoraβœ”
Spotifyβœ”
Tidalβœ–
Deezerβœ–
Napsterβœ–
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ–
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelBrushed
Solid Aluminum Frontβœ–
Speaker Terminals9
Large Speaker Terminals9
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsβœ–
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminalsβœ–
Ceramic Speaker Terminalsβœ–
3D Space Frame Constructionβœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsβœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformerβœ–
Transformer Stabilizerβœ–
Power Consumption580 W
No Sound Power65 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
Auto Power offβœ”
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"
Weight10.0 kg (22 lbs)
Warranty1 Year Parts & Labor
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2100 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)170 W (1% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)175 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)160 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)240 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)210 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)120 W
THD0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)3.5 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance330 Ω
Rated Headphone Power Output90 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
Phono Overload70 mV (MM, 1 kHz, 0.5%)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)80 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Pure Direct)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 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)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal FrequencyDual band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.1 + LE
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
HDMI TerminalType A (19-pin)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 55 mA
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 1 A
Extension Terminalβœ–
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
AM Frequency530 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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