Pioneer VSX-532

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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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    Overview

    Pioneer VSX-532 was introduced in 2017. 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 68 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.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Pioneer VSX-532.

    PROs

    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   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 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

    Pioneer 2017 Lineup

    In 2017 Pioneer released 14 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Pioneer 2017 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsRoom Corr.Immersive AudioHDRZones Price
    SC-LX502 Image cannot be found 7.2120 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-LX302 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-LX102 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1
    VSX-932 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1
    VSX-832 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1
    VSX-532 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.1 MCACCHDR101
    SC-LX901 Image cannot be found 11.2140 W11.211.2 MCACC ProDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    3
    SC-LX801 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W11.211.2 MCACC ProDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    3
    SC-LX701 Image cannot be found 9.2135 W11.211.2 MCACC ProDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    3
    SC-LX501 Image cannot be found 7.2120 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-LX301 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-LX101 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1
    VSX-1131 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1 MCACCDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    2
    VSX-831 Image cannot be found 5.280 W5.1 MCACCHDR10
    Dolby Vision
    1

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Pioneer SC-LX502 vs VSX-LX302 vs VSX-LX102 vs VSX-932 vs VSX-832 vs VSX-532.

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-532 to its predecessor VSX-531 and displaying the major changes.

    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-532 vs VSX-531.

    Successor

    In 2019 Pioneer VSX-532 was replaced by Pioneer VSX-534. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Pioneer VSX-532 and its successor.

    UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-534 vs Pioneer VSX-532
    More Channels 5.2 vs 5.1
    Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
    Higher DAC Specs 384 kHz/32 Bit vs 192 kHz/24 Bit
    Dolby Atmos vs
    Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
    Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
    DTS:X vs
    DTS Neural:X vs
    DTS Virtual:X vs
    DTS Express vs
    DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 vs
    DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input vs 2-ch Input
    DSD via USB 2-ch Input vs
    Dialog Enhancement vs
    More Tone Control Channels All Channels vs 2 Channel
    Reflex Optimizer vs
    Symmetric EQ vs
    Dolby Vision vs
    HLG vs
    Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K vs
    Super Resolution vs
    USB DC Out Port vs
    More Presets 40 vs 30
    Bigger Power Supply 445 W vs 210 W
    Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 109 dB vs 106 dB
    Newer Bluetooth Version 4․2 vs 3.0
    Wider AM Frequency Range 530 kHz - 1710 kHz vs 530 kHz - 1700 kHz
    DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-534 vs Pioneer VSX-532
    Dolby Pro Logic vs PLII
    DTS Neo vs Neo:6
    USB Input vs 1 Front
    Less Composite Video Inputs vs 2
    Less Composite Video Outputs vs 1
    Front A/V Inputs vs USB

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer VSX-532 vs VSX-534.

    Audio Section

    5 channel Discrete Direct Energy Amplifier

    Pioneer VSX-532 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

      Speaker Configurations

      Pioneer VSX-532's 5 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Configurations: Available configurations are:
      • 5.1 with internal amplifier.
      Pioneer VSX-532
      DECODING
      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

      Sound Processing

      • Advanced Sound Retriever: Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-532 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 Calibration

      Pioneer VSX-532 comes with MCACC room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

      • MCACC: Pioneer’s exclusive Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC) delivers an easy-to-use, automatic sound adjustment system to precision-tune your Pioneer and Pioneer Elite receivers with minimal effort. Every MCACC system comes with a microphone to measure and analyze reverb characteristics. The equalizer optimally adjusts sound parameters to fit the size and shape of your home environment while maintaining the integrity of high-resolution playback without any degradation to the quality of your music.

      Video Section

      HDMI

      Pioneer VSX-532 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-532 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.
      andh3>HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Pioneer VSX-532 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.
      Pioneer VSX-532
      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      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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      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
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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

      Pioneer VSX-532 Evaluation

      We evaluate Pioneer VSX-532 and give score of 68 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
      68

      Amplifier

      GOOD
      73

      We give Pioneer VSX-532 a score of 73 for Amplifier features.

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

      Audio Features

      AVERAGE
      62

      We give Pioneer VSX-532 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
      81

      We give Pioneer VSX-532 a score of 81 for Video Features features.

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

      Connectivity

      AVERAGE
      62

      We give Pioneer VSX-532 a score of 62 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-532 a score of 55 for Zones features.

      •   No Zones

      Radio

      AVERAGE
      59

      We give Pioneer VSX-532 a score of 59 for Radio features.

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


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