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Pioneer VSX-531 (North American version)

SCORE:
65

Highlights

  • 5.1 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Content

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 65 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
65
VIDEO FEATURES
80
AUDIO FEATURES
63
CONNECTIVITY
63
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
40
RADIO
59
OVERALL
65

Pros and Cons

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

PROS
  DSD via HDMI
  New HDCP Version
  HDR10
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  Bluetooth
  USB Input
  Composite Video Inputs
  Zones
  Analog Tuner
CONS
  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 eARC
  No HDR10+
  No Dolby Vision
  No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling
  No Chromecast Built-In
  Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
  No Ethernet
  No Wi-Fi
  Few HDMI Inputs
  Few HDMI Outputs
  Few 8K Inputs
  Few Analog Audio Line Inputs
  No Phono Input
  No Analog Pre-Outs
  No Pandora
  No Spotify
  No Tidal
  Old Bluetooth Version

Predecessor

Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-531 to its predecessor VSX-530-K and displaying the major changes.

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 Pioneer VSX-530-K.

Audio Section

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).

    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.

    Sound Processing

    • Advanced Sound Retriever: Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-531 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.

    Video Section

    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. 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.

    • HDR10: HDR10 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 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors. It is technically limited to a maximum of 10,000 nits peak brightness, however common HDR10 contents are mastered with peak brightness from 1,000 to 4,000 nits.

    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
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    Specifications

    Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer VSX-531.

    BASICS
    BrandPioneer
    ModelVSX-531
    TypeA/V Receiver
    CountryNorth America
    Release Year2016
    AMPLIFIER
    Channels5.1
    AmplifierDiscrete Direct Energy
    THX™ Certification
    Continuous 6 Ω Rated
    Certified 4 Ω Performance
    Bi-amp Capability
    AUDIO
    Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments Aureus
    DAC Specs192 kHz/24 Bit
    Maximum Channel Processing5.1
    Air Studios Monitor Certification
    Dolby Atmos
    Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    Dolby Atmos Music
    Dolby TrueHD
    Dolby Digital Plus
    Dolby Surround Upmixer
    Dolby Pro Logic PLII
    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
    High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
    Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
    DSD via HDMI 2-ch Input
    DSD via USB
    DSD to PCM Converter
    USB DAC
    Jitter Reduction
    Auto Level Control
    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 Surround10 + 1
    Wide Surround
    Front Stage Surround Advance
    Headphone Surround
    Virtual Speakers
    Virtual Depth
    Independent Subwoofer Outputs
    CALIBRATION
    Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    Manual MCACC
    Phase Control
    Full Band Phase Control
    Standing Wave Control
    EQ Bands
    Symmetric EQ
    X-Curve
    Distance Adjustment0.1 feet
    Precision Distance
    Polarity Check
    Auto Subwoofer Crossover
    VIDEO
    Enhanced ARC
    HDCP Version2.2
    HDR10
    HDR10+
    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/60p (4:4:4)
    Video Signal Upscaling
    Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    Analog to Analog Video conversion
    Stream Smoother
    Pure Cinema
    Video Parameter Adjustments
    Triple HD Noise Reduction
    Super Resolution
    isf Certified Calibration Control
    CONNECTIVITY
    MHL Input
    DLNA 1.5
    FireConnect
    FlareConnect
    Chromecast Built-In
    DTS Play-Fi
    Works with Amazon Alexa
    Works with SONOS
    AirPlay
    Apple Product Connection
    Remote App
    InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
    Ethernet
    Ethernet Switch
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth SBC, AAC
    HDBaseT Compatible
    HDMI Inputs4
    HDMI Outputs1
    8K Inputs
    USB Input1 Front
    USB DC Out Port
    Analog Audio Line Input3 (1 front)
    Analog Audio Line Output
    Phono Input
    Optical Inputs1
    Optical Outputs
    Coaxial Inputs1
    Composite Video Input2
    Composite Video Output1
    S-Video Input
    S-Video Output
    Component Video Input
    Component Video Output
    PC In
    Multi-Channel Input
    Analog Pre-Outs0.1
    XLR Inputs
    XLR Pre-outs
    Front A/V InputsUSB, Mini-Jack
    Speaker A/B
    Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
    ZONES
    Zones1
    RS-232C Interface
    +12V Trigger Output
    Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
    MISC
    On-Screen Display HDMI only
    AVNavigator
    IP Control for CI
    PreAmp Mode
    Versatile Speaker Configuration
    FL Dimmer
    Function Rename
    Remote Controller
    Detachable Power Cord
    adapterport
    RADIO
    Analog Tuner FM/AM
    Presets30
    Digital Radio
    Internet Radio
    Pandora
    Spotify
    Tidal
    Deezer
    Napster
    SiriusXM Internet Radio
    CONSTRUCTION
    Front PanelBrushed
    Solid Aluminum Front
    Speaker Terminals5
    Large Speaker Terminals2
    Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
    Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
    Ceramic 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 Consumption210 W
    Standby Power0.45 W
    GENERAL
    Auto Power off
    Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 168 mm x 320.5 mm
    17-1/8" x 6-5/8" x 12-5/8"
    Weight8.0 kg (17 lb 10 oz)
    Warranty1 Year 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)
    DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
    Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
    Bluetooth Version3.0
    Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
    HDMI TerminalType A (19-pin)
    HDMI Output Type5 V, 55 mA
    USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 0.5 A
    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 2017 Pioneer VSX-531 was replaced by VSX-532. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


    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 Pioneer VSX-532.

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