Pioneer Elite VSX-44 Review and Specs

Pioneer Elite VSX-44 (USA version)

SCORE:
30

Highlights

  • 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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Pioneer Elite VSX-44 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 30 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
35
VIDEO FEATURES
14
AUDIO FEATURES
23
CONNECTIVITY
31
MULTIZONE
47
MISCELLANEOUS
30
RADIO
57
OVERALL
30

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
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
DTS Dialog Control πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
MHL Input πŸ‘
DLNA 1.5 πŸ‘
Ethernet πŸ‘
Wi-Fi πŸ‘
Bluetooth πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Component Video Inputs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
Internet Radio πŸ‘
Pandora πŸ‘
Spotify πŸ‘
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘Ž
No DTS:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Neural:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X πŸ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced πŸ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey LFC πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10 πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ πŸ‘Ž
No Dynamic HDR πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Vision πŸ‘Ž
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through πŸ‘Ž
No VRR πŸ‘Ž
No QFT πŸ‘Ž
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling πŸ‘Ž
No FireConnect πŸ‘Ž
No FlareConnect πŸ‘Ž
No Chromecast Built-In πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Play-Fi πŸ‘Ž
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa πŸ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS πŸ‘Ž
No eARC πŸ‘Ž
Few HDMI Outputs πŸ‘Ž
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs πŸ‘Ž
No Phono Input 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 Elite VSX-44 to its predecessor VSX-43 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-44 Pioneer Elite VSX-43
More Channels 7.2 7.1
Surround EX βœ” βœ–
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)
up to 4K/30p
Wi-Fi βœ” via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately) βœ–

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

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

Selected Features

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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Detailed 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 Supportβœ–
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct Energy
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ–
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ” Front
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments Aureus
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” PLIIz
Dolby Digital EXβœ”
Surround EXβœ”
DTS:Xβœ–
DTS Neural:Xβœ–
DTS Virtual:Xβœ–
DTS Neoβœ” Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audioβœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioβœ–
DTS 96/24βœ”
DTS Expressβœ”
DTS-ESβœ”
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
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkβœ” 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 USBβœ–
Gapless Playbackβœ”
DSD via HDMIβœ” 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converterβœ–
USB DACβœ–
Jitter Reductionβœ–
Auto Level Control2 Channel
Dialog Enhancementβœ–
Dialogue Liftβœ–
Sound Retrieverβœ” Advanced (2-Channel)
Sound Retriever AIRβœ”
Digital Noise Reductionβœ–
Tone Controlβœ” Front L/R 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 Surround11 + 1 Mode
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
Phase Controlβœ”
Full Band Phase Controlβœ–
Standing Wave Controlβœ–
EQ Bands5
Symmetric EQβœ”
X-Curveβœ–
Distance Adjustment.1 Ft
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 (ALLM)βœ–
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 (4:2:2 36-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
Video Signal Upscalingβœ–
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ–
Component Video Upscalingβœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionβœ–
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p (1125p)
Stream Smootherβœ–
Pure Cinemaβœ–
Video Parameter Adjustmentsβœ–
Triple HD Noise Reductionβœ–
Super Resolutionβœ–
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ” 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5βœ”
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ–
Chromecast Built-Inβœ–
DTS Play-Fiβœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ–
Works with SONOSβœ–
AirPlayβœ” AirPlay
Apple Product Connectionβœ” iPod and iPhone via front USB
Remote Appβœ” iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ–
Ethernetβœ”
Ethernet Switchβœ–
Wi-Fiβœ” via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetoothβœ” via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)βœ–
HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs1
USB Input1 Front
USB DC Out Port1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
Analog Audio Line Inputs3
Analog Audio Line Outputsβœ–
Phono Inputβœ–
Optical Inputs1
Optical Outputsβœ–
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No
Composite Video Inputs2
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputsβœ–
S-Video Outputsβœ–
Component Video Inputs1
Component Video Outputs1
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB
Speaker A/Bβœ”
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones2
Powered Zonesβœ” 2
RS-232 Interfaceβœ–
+12V Trigger Output1
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
MISC
On-Screen DisplayNetwork GUI / Set-Up Text - HDMI Only
Multi-Zone On-Screen Displayβœ–
AVNavigatorβœ–
IP Controlβœ–
PreAmp Modeβœ–
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back/Front Height/Speaker B/Bi-amp/ZONE2
FL Dimmerβœ”
Function Renameβœ–
Remote ControllerSystem Remote Control
Detachable Power Cordβœ–
adapterportβœ”
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM/AM
Presets30
Digital Radioβœ–
Internet Radioβœ” vTuner
Pandoraβœ”
Spotifyβœ”
Tidalβœ–
Deezerβœ–
Napsterβœ–
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ–
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelBrushed
Solid Aluminum Frontβœ–
Speaker Terminals9
Large Speaker Terminals7
Color-Coded 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 Consumption520 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionβœ”
Auto Power Standbyβœ”
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, 2 channel driven, FTC)80 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 Impedance 1 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 Terminalβœ–
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 Pioneer Elite VSX-44
DSD via HDMI βœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input βœ” 2-ch Input
Sound Retriever βœ” Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC) βœ” Advanced (2-Channel)
Video Signal Upscaling βœ” up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo) βœ–
Analog To HDMI Upconversion βœ” Composite βœ–
Wi-Fi βœ” βœ” via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth βœ” βœ” via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
IP Control for CI βœ” βœ–

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

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

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