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Pioneer Elite VSX-43 (USA version)



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

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Pioneer Elite VSX-43 was introduced in 2013. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 4K/30Hz video signal.

We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 70 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.


Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer Elite VSX-43.

  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  New HDCP Version
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  USB Input
  Composite Video Inputs
  Component Video Inputs
  Analog Tuner
  No Front Wide Channel Support
  No Dolby Atmos
  No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  No DTS:X
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  No eARC
  No HDR10
  No HDR10+
  No Dolby Vision
  No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling
  No Chromecast Built-In
  Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
  No Wi-Fi
  Few HDMI Outputs
  Few 8K Inputs
  Few Analog Audio Line Inputs
  No Phono Input
  No Analog Pre-Outs
  No Tidal


Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite VSX-43 to its predecessor VSX-42 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-43 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-42
Bi-amp capability Front vs
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF vs WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC,
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF vs WAV/FLAC
Gapless Playback vs
Wide Surround vs
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/30p vs up to 1080p
MHL Input 1 (Front) vs
Ethernet vs
More Component Video Outputs 1 vs
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, Composite Video vs USB, Composite Video
Spotify vs

DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-43 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-42
Headphone Surround vs
Video Signal Upscaling vs Anchor Bay up to 1080p
Analog To HDMI Upconversion vs Component****, Composite

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite VSX-43 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-42.

Audio Section

7 channel Direct Energy Amplifier

Pioneer Elite VSX-43 features 7 channel power amplifier with Direct Energy design. It is rated at 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

    Speaker Configurations

    Pioneer Elite VSX-43's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

    • Configurations: Available configurations are:
    • 5.1, 7.1 with internal amplifier.
    • Bi-Amp: You can bi-amp front left and right speakers. 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.

    Sound Processing

    • Advanced Sound Retriever: Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite VSX-43 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 Elite VSX-43 comes with room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

      Video Section


      Pioneer Elite VSX-43 features 6 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

      • 4K/30Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/30p video signal.
      • 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 Elite VSX-43 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      Multi-zone Playback

      Pioneer Elite VSX-43 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 2 different rooms.

      Zone 2

      • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.

      Inputs and Outputs


      • 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.


      • HDMI:
      • Inputs: 6 (1 front)   Outputs: 1
        8K Inputs: 0
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Inputs: 3   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 Elite VSX-43 supports up to 1080p (1125p) resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Inputs: 1   Outputs: 1
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      Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer Elite VSX-43.

      TypeA/V Receiver
      Release Year2013
      Front Wide Channel Support
      AmplifierDirect Energy
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability Front
      Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments Aureus
      DAC Specs192 kHz/24 Bit
      Maximum Channel Processing7.1
      Air Studios Monitor Certification
      Dolby Atmos
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      Dolby Atmos Music
      Dolby TrueHD
      Dolby Digital Plus
      Dolby Surround Upmixer
      Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz
      Dolby Digital EX
      Surround EX
      DTS Neural:X
      DTS Virtual:X
      DTS Neo Neo:6
      DTS-HD Master Audio
      DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
      DTS 96/24
      DTS Express
      IMAX Enhanced
      Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
      Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF
      High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
      High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF
      Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
      Gapless Playback
      DSD via HDMI 2-ch Input
      DSD to PCM Converter
      USB DAC
      Jitter Reduction
      Auto Level Control2 Channel
      Dialog Enhancement
      Dialogue Lift
      Sound Retriever Advanced (2-Channel)
      Sound Retriever AIR
      Digital Noise Reduction
      Tone Control Front L/R Channels
      Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever
      High-resolution Music Enhancer
      Audyssey Dynamic EQ
      Audyssey Dynamic Volume
      Audyssey LFC
      Audyssey Sub EQ HT
      Audyssey DSX
      Direct Mode
      Pure Direct Mode
      Auto Surround
      Optimum Surround
      Advanced Surround11 + 1 Mode
      Wide Surround
      Front Stage Surround Advance
      Headphone Surround
      Virtual Speakers
      Virtual Depth
      Independent Subwoofer Outputs
      Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      Manual MCACC
      MCACC Memory1
      Phase Control
      Full Band Phase Control
      Standing Wave Control
      EQ Bands5
      Symmetric EQ
      Distance Adjustment.1 Ft
      Precision Distance
      Polarity Check
      Auto Subwoofer Crossover
      Enhanced ARC
      HDCP Version2.2
      Dynamic HDR
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      BT.2020 color space
      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/30p
      Video Signal Upscaling
      Analog To HDMI Upconversion
      Component Video Upscaling
      Analog to Analog Video conversion
      Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p (1125p)
      Stream Smoother
      Pure Cinema
      Video Parameter Adjustments
      Triple HD Noise Reduction
      Super Resolution
      isf Certified Calibration Control
      MHL Input1 (Front)
      DLNA 1.5
      Chromecast Built-In
      DTS Play-Fi
      Works with Amazon Alexa
      Works with SONOS
      AirPlay AirPlay
      Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad via front USB
      Remote App iControlAV2013 (for iOS and Android)
      InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
      Ethernet Switch
      Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs1
      8K Inputs
      USB Input1 Front
      USB DC Out Port
      Analog Audio Line Input3
      Analog Audio Line Output
      Phono Input
      Optical Inputs1
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs1
      Composite Video Input3 (1 front)
      Composite Video Output1
      S-Video Input
      S-Video Output
      Component Video Input1
      Component Video Output1
      PC In
      Multi-Channel Input
      Analog Pre-Outs0.1
      XLR Inputs
      XLR Pre-outs
      Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Composite Video
      Speaker A/B
      Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
      Powered Zones 2
      RS-232C Interface
      +12V Trigger Output1
      Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
      On-Screen DisplayNetwork GUI / Set-Up Text - HDMI Only
      Multi-Zone On-Screen Display
      HDMI Speaker B Link
      PC Set-Up
      IP Control for CI
      PreAmp Mode
      Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back / Front Height / Speaker B
      FL Dimmer
      Function Rename
      Remote ControllerLearning Remote Control
      Detachable Power Cord
      Analog Tuner FM/AM
      Digital Radio
      Internet Radio vTuner
      SiriusXM Internet Radio
      Front PanelBrushed
      Solid Aluminum Front
      Speaker Terminals9
      Large Speaker Terminals7
      Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
      3D Space Frame Construction
      Gold plated RCA terminals
      Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
      Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
      Transformer Stabilizer
      Power Consumption520 W
      Standby Power0.1 W
      ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
      Auto Power Standby
      Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 168 mm x 342.5 mm
      17-1/8" x 6-5/8" x 13-1/2"
      Weight9.3 kg (20 lb 9 oz)
      Warranty2 Years Parts & Labor
      Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.08% THD)
      Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)140 W (1% THD)
      Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
      S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB
      S/N Ratio (Line, EIA, at 1 W (1 kHz))79 dB
      DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 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
      HDMI TerminalType A (19-pin)
      HDMI Output Type5 V, 100 mA
      HDMI Input/MHL Terminal5 V, 900 mA
      USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 2.1 A
      adapterport Terminal5 V, 100 mA
      Extension Terminal
      FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108 MHz
      AM Frequency530 kHz - 1700 kHz

      * - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
      ** - 480i/576i only
      *** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
      **** - 1080p signal is not converted


      In 2014 Pioneer Elite VSX-43 was replaced by VSX-44. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.

      UPGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-44 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-43
      More Channels 7.2 vs 7.1
      Surround EX vs
      Headphone Surround vs
      Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
      4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
      4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
      vs up to 4K/30p
      Wi-Fi via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately) vs
      USB DC Out Port 1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A) vs

      DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-44 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-43
      Wide Surround vs
      Less Composite Video Inputs 2 vs 3 (1 front)
      Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB vs HDMI, USB, Composite Video

      For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite VSX-43 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-44.

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