Pioneer VSX-531

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    Highlights

    • 5.1 Channels
    • 5.1 Channel Processing
    • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • HDR10
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough
    • Bluetooth

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    1. Overview

    Pioneer VSX-531 was introduced in 2016. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 4K/60Hz video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 67 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
    68
    Audio Features
    62
    Video Features
    80
    Connectivity
    63
    Zones
    55
    Radio
    59
    OVERALL
    67

    For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluation section.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer VSX-531.

    PROs

    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   HDR10
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Bluetooth
    •   USB Input
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Analog Tuner

    CONs

    •   Few Channels - 5.1
    •   Low Power Output - 80 W
    •   5.1 Channel Processing
    •   No Dolby Atmos
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No DTS:X
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No Dolby Vision
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   No Wi-Fi
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   4 HDMI Inputs
    •   1 HDMI Outputs
    •   0 8K Input
    •   Few RCA Line Inputs
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Ethernet
    •   No Zones
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Pandora
    •   No Spotify
    •   No Tidal
    •   Bluetooth 3.0

    3. Changes from the VSX-530-K

    Pioneer VSX-531 has replaced VSX-530-K. Here we present differences between these two models.

    UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-531 vs Pioneer VSX-530-K
    Auto Level Control vs
    HDR10 vs
    Front A/V Inputs USB, Mini-Jack vs USB
    DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-531 vs Pioneer VSX-530-K
    Front Stage Surround Advance vs
    Headphone Surround vs
    Super Resolution vs
    MHL Input vs 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
    DLNA 1.5 vs
    AirPlay vs AirPlay
    Remote Controll App vs iControlAV5 (for iOS and Android)
    Smaller Power Supply 210 W vs 415 W

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer VSX-531 vs VSX-530-K.

    4. Amplifier

    5 channel Discrete Direct Energy Amplifier

    Pioneer VSX-531 features 5 channel power amplifier with Discrete Direct Energy design. It is rated at 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels5.1
      Power Output80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct Energy
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability

      5. Speaker Configurations

      Pioneer VSX-531's 5 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Configurations: Available configurations are:
      • 5.1 with internal amplifier.

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      6. HDMI

      Pioneer VSX-531 features 4 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p (4:4:4) 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 VSX-531 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.
      andh3>HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Pioneer VSX-531 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10 via HDMI ports. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.



      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)
      Video Signal Upscaling

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      7. 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: 4   Outputs: 1
        8K Inputs: 0
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1

      Front A/V Inputs

      • USB, Mini-Jack
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs4
      HDMI Outputs1
      8K Inputs
      USB Input1 Front
      USB DC Out Port
      Optical Inputs1
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs1
      RCA Line Inputs3 (1 front)
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs0.1
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs2
      Composite Video Outputs1
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs
      Component Video Outputs

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      8. Evaluation

      We evaluate Pioneer VSX-531 and give score of 67 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
      67

      Amplifier

      AVERAGE
      68

      We give Pioneer VSX-531 a score of 68 for Amplifier features.

      •   Few Channels - 5.1
      •   Low Power Output - 80 W

      Audio Features

      AVERAGE
      62

      We give Pioneer VSX-531 a score of 62 for Audio Features features.

      •   Few Channels - 5.1
      •   5.1 Channel Processing
      •   No 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
      80

      We give Pioneer VSX-531 a score of 80 for Video Features features.

      •   HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No Dolby Vision
      •   No 8K Passthrough

      Connectivity

      AVERAGE
      63

      We give Pioneer VSX-531 a score of 63 for Connectivity features.

      •   No eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   No Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   4 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   No Ethernet
      •   Bluetooth 3.0

      Zones

      AVERAGE
      55

      We give Pioneer VSX-531 a score of 55 for Zones features.

      •   No Zones

      Radio

      AVERAGE
      59

      We give Pioneer VSX-531 a score of 59 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Spotify
      •   No Tidal

      9. Replaced by VSX-532

      In 2017 Pioneer VSX-531 was replaced by Pioneer VSX-532. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Pioneer VSX-531 and its successor.

      UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-532 vs Pioneer VSX-531
      Front Stage Surround Advance vs
      More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System MCACC vs
      Manual MCACC vs
      Auto Subwoofer Crossover vs
      Versatile Speaker Configuration FRONT, CENTER, SURROUND vs
      DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-532 vs Pioneer VSX-531
      Front A/V Inputs USB vs USB, Mini-Jack

      For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer VSX-531 vs VSX-532.

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