Pioneer Elite VSX-44 Review and Specs

Pioneer Elite VSX-44 (USA version)

SCORE:
71
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Highlights

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

Pioneer Elite VSX-44 was introduced in 2014. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 71 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
70
VIDEO FEATURES
65
AUDIO FEATURES
70
CONNECTIVITY
74
MULTIZONE
80
MISCELLANEOUS
64
RADIO
85
OVERALL
71

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 Elite VSX-44.

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

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite VSX-44 to its predecessor VSX-43 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-44 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-43
More Channels 7.2 vs 7.1
Surround EX 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

DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-44 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-43
Less Composite Video Inputs 2 vs 3 (1 front)

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

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite VSX-44 has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite VSX-44 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 Elite VSX-44 comes with MCACC room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Pioneer Elite VSX-44 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 6 HDMI inputs.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer Elite VSX-44.

BASICS
BrandPioneer
SeriesElite
ModelVSX-44
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2014
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability Front
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments Aureus
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz
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
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 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 Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory1
Phase Control
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands5
Symmetric EQ
X-Curve
Distance Adjustment.1 Ft
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
VIDEO
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
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
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
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod and iPhone via front USB
Remote App iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDMI Input6 (1 front)
HDMI Output1
USB Input1 Front
USB DC Out Port1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
Analog Audio Line Input3
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In1
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 /
Composite Video Input2
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input1
Component Video Output1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones2
Powered Zones 2
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output1
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
MISC
On-Screen DisplayNetwork GUI / Set-Up Text - HDMI Only
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display
AVNavigator
IP Control for CI
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back/Front Height/Speaker B/Bi-amp/ZONE2
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote ControllerSystem Remote Control
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Presets30
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals9
Large Speaker Terminals7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption520 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
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"
Weight9.2 kg (20 lb 5 oz)
Warranty2 Years Parts & Labor
SPECS
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, 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

Successor

In 2015 Pioneer Elite VSX-44 was replaced by VSX-45. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-45 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-44
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input vs 2-ch Input
Sound Retriever Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC) vs Advanced (2-Channel)
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo) vs
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Composite vs
Wi-Fi vs via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth vs via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
IP Control for CI vs

DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-45 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-44
Less Channels 5.2 vs 7.2
Less Channel Processing 5.1 vs 7.1
Surround EX vs
Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 2 vs 3
Less Component Video Inputs vs 1
Less Component Video Outputs vs 1
Less Zones 1 vs 2
Smaller Power Supply 450 W vs 520 W

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite VSX-45 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-44.

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