Pioneer VSX-532 Review and Specs
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Pioneer VSX-532 (North American version)

SCORE:
66

Highlights

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

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Pioneer VSX-532 Overview

Pioneer VSX-532 was introduced in 2017. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 66 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
71
VIDEO FEATURES
78
AUDIO FEATURES
65
CONNECTIVITY
63
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
40
RADIO
59
OVERALL
66

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-532.

PROS
Dolby TrueHD πŸ‘
Dolby Digital Plus πŸ‘
Dolby Pro Logic πŸ‘
DTS Neo πŸ‘
DTS-HD Master Audio πŸ‘
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio πŸ‘
DTS 96/24 πŸ‘
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
Sound Retriever πŸ‘
Compressed Music Enhancer πŸ‘
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. πŸ‘
HDR10 πŸ‘
3-D Ready πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
Bluetooth πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Composite Video Outputs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
CONS
Not Certified 4 Ω Performance πŸ‘Ž
No Bi-amp Capability πŸ‘Ž
Few Channel Processing πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Surround Upmixer 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 High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network πŸ‘Ž
No DSD via USB πŸ‘Ž
No Sound Retriever AIR πŸ‘Ž
No High-resolution Music Enhancer πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Vision πŸ‘Ž
No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) πŸ‘Ž
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling πŸ‘Ž
No DLNA 1.5 πŸ‘Ž
No Chromecast Built-In 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 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-532 to its predecessor VSX-531 and displaying the major changes.

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.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer VSX-532 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-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 Correction

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


Connectivity

Pioneer VSX-532 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 input.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer VSX-532.

BASICS
BrandPioneer
ModelVSX-532
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryNorth America
Release Year2017
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) EngineDigital Core Engine with Texas Instruments Aureusβ„’ DSP
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–
Dialog Enhancementβœ–
Dialogue Liftβœ–
Sound Retrieverβœ” Advanced (2-Channel)
Sound Retriever AIRβœ–
Digital Noise Reductionβœ–
Tone Controlβœ” 2 Channel
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–
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.βœ” MCACC
Manual MCACCβœ”
MCACC Memory1
Reflex Optimizerβœ–
Phase Controlβœ”
Full Band Phase Controlβœ–
Standing Wave Controlβœ–
Symmetric EQβœ–
X-Curveβœ–
Precision Distanceβœ–
Polarity Checkβœ–
Auto Subwoofer Crossoverβœ”
VIDEO
HDR10βœ”
HDR10+βœ–
Dolby Visionβœ–
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)βœ–
Quick Media Switching (QMS)βœ–
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-throughβœ–
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 ARCβœ–
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Input4
HDMI Output1
USB Input1 Front
USB DC Out Portβœ–
Analog Audio Line Input3 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputβœ–
Phono Inputβœ–
Optical In1
Optical Outβœ–
Coaxial In/Out1 / βœ–
Composite Video Input2
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Inputβœ–
S-Video Outputβœ–
Component Video Inputβœ–
Component Video Outputβœ–
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs0.1
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsUSB
Speaker A/Bβœ–
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones1
RS-232βœ–
+12V Trigger Outputβœ–
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
MISC
On-Screen Displayβœ” HDMI only
AVNavigatorβœ–
IP Control for CIβœ–
PreAmp Modeβœ–
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationFRONT, CENTER, SURROUND
FL Dimmerβœ”
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 Power0.35 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, 280 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)140 W (1% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)150 W (10% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 dB
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 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 2019 Pioneer VSX-532 was replaced by VSX-534. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-534 Pioneer VSX-532
More Channels 5.2 5.1
Certified 4 Ω Performance βœ” βœ–
Dolby Atmos βœ” βœ–
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization βœ” βœ–
Dolby Surround Upmixer βœ” βœ–
DTS:X βœ” βœ–
DTS Neural:X βœ” βœ–
DTS Virtual:X βœ” βœ–
DSD via HDMI βœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input βœ” 2-ch Input
DSD via USB βœ” 2-ch Input βœ–
Dolby Vision βœ” βœ–
HLG βœ” βœ–
Video Signal Upscaling βœ” 1080p to 4K βœ–
Bigger Power Supply 445 W 210 W
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.2 3.0

DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-534 Pioneer VSX-532
USB Input βœ– 1 Front
Less Composite Video Inputs βœ– 2
Less Composite Video Outputs βœ– 1

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

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