Pioneer VSX-531 Review and Specs

Pioneer VSX-531 (North American version)

SCORE:
23

Highlights

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

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Pioneer VSX-531 Overview

Pioneer VSX-531 was introduced in 2016. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 23 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
31
VIDEO FEATURES
28
AUDIO FEATURES
17
CONNECTIVITY
19
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
11
RADIO
21
OVERALL
23

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 VSX-531.

PROS
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
HDR10 πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
Bluetooth πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
CONS
Few Channel Processing 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 DSD via USB 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 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 MHL Input πŸ‘Ž
No DLNA 1.5 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 Ethernet πŸ‘Ž
No Wi-Fi πŸ‘Ž
No eARC πŸ‘Ž
Few HDMI Inputs πŸ‘Ž
Few HDMI Outputs πŸ‘Ž
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs πŸ‘Ž
No Phono Input πŸ‘Ž
No Component Video Inputs πŸ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input πŸ‘Ž
No Analog Pre-Outs πŸ‘Ž
No Internet Radio πŸ‘Ž
No Pandora πŸ‘Ž
No Spotify πŸ‘Ž
No Tidal πŸ‘Ž
No Deezer πŸ‘Ž
No Napster πŸ‘Ž
No SiriusXM Internet Radio πŸ‘Ž
Old Bluetooth Version πŸ‘Ž

Major Changes from its predecessor

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

UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
HDR10 βœ” βœ–

DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-531 Pioneer VSX-530-K
MHL Input βœ– βœ” 1 Rear (Version 2.0)
DLNA 1.5 βœ– βœ”
AirPlay βœ– βœ” AirPlay
Smaller Power Supply 210 W 415 W

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

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer VSX-531 has 5 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. It can bypass HDR10.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and 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 up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


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.


Room Correction

Pioneer VSX-531 does not come with room correction system.


Connectivity

Pioneer VSX-531 can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. It has 4 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has USB and Mini-Jack inputs.

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Detailed 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
Amplifier DesignDiscrete Direct Energy
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ–
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ–
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments Aureus
Maximum Channel Processing5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ–
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ–
Dolby Pro Logicβœ” PLII
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
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkβœ–
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBβœ–
DSD via HDMIβœ” 2-ch Input
DSD via USBβœ–
DSD to PCM Converterβœ–
USB DACβœ–
Jitter Reductionβœ–
Auto Level Controlβœ”
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 Surround10 + 1
Wide Surroundβœ–
Front Stage Surround Advanceβœ–
Headphone Surroundβœ–
Virtual Speakersβœ–
Virtual Depthβœ–
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputβœ–
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.βœ–
Manual MCACCβœ–
Phase Controlβœ”
Full Band Phase Controlβœ–
Standing Wave Controlβœ–
EQ Bandsβœ–
Symmetric EQβœ–
X-Curveβœ–
Distance Adjustment0.1 feet
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)
Video Signal Upscalingβœ–
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionβœ–
Stream Smootherβœ–
Pure Cinemaβœ–
Video Parameter Adjustmentsβœ–
Triple HD Noise Reductionβœ–
Super Resolutionβœ–
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ–
DLNA 1.5βœ–
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ–
Chromecast Built-Inβœ–
DTS Play-Fiβœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ–
Works with SONOSβœ–
AirPlayβœ–
Apple Product Connectionβœ–
Remote Appβœ–
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ–
Ethernetβœ–
Ethernet Switchβœ–
Wi-Fiβœ–
Bluetoothβœ” SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)βœ–
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Outputs1
USB Input1 Front
USB DC Out Portβœ–
Analog Audio Line Inputs3 (1 front)
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 Inputsβœ–
Component Video Outputsβœ–
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs0.1
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsUSB, Mini-Jack
Speaker A/Bβœ–
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones1
RS-232 Interfaceβœ–
+12V Trigger Outputβœ–
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
MISC
On-Screen Displayβœ” HDMI only
AVNavigatorβœ–
IP Controlβœ–
PreAmp Modeβœ–
Versatile Speaker Configurationβœ–
FL Dimmerβœ”
Function Renameβœ–
Remote Controllerβœ”
Detachable Power Cordβœ–
adapterportβœ–
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM/AM
Presets30
Digital Radioβœ–
Internet Radioβœ–
Pandoraβœ–
Spotifyβœ–
Tidalβœ–
Deezerβœ–
Napsterβœ–
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ–
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelBrushed
Solid Aluminum Frontβœ–
Speaker Terminals5
Large Speaker Terminals2
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsβœ–
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminalsβœ–
Ceramic 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 Consumption210 W
Standby Power0.45 W
GENERAL
Auto Power offβœ”
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, 2 channel driven, FTC)80 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 Impedance 1 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 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 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 Pioneer VSX-531
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System βœ” MCACC βœ–

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

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