Pioneer VSX-534 Review and Specs
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Pioneer VSX-534 (European version)

SCORE:
77

Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth

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Pioneer VSX-534 Overview

Pioneer VSX-534 was introduced in 2019. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 77 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
85
VIDEO FEATURES
94
AUDIO FEATURES
88
CONNECTIVITY
57
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
40
RADIO
66
OVERALL
77

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-534.

PROS
Certified 4 Ω Performance πŸ‘
Dolby Atmos πŸ‘
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘
Dolby TrueHD πŸ‘
Dolby Digital Plus πŸ‘
Dolby Surround Upmixer πŸ‘
DTS:X πŸ‘
DTS Neural:X πŸ‘
DTS Virtual:X πŸ‘
DTS-HD Master Audio πŸ‘
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio πŸ‘
DTS 96/24 πŸ‘
DTS Express πŸ‘
DTS-ES πŸ‘
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
DSD via USB πŸ‘
Dialog Enhancement πŸ‘
Sound Retriever πŸ‘
Compressed Music Enhancer πŸ‘
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. πŸ‘
HDR10 πŸ‘
BT.2020 color space πŸ‘
Dolby Vision πŸ‘
HLG πŸ‘
3-D Ready πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling πŸ‘
Bluetooth πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
New Bluetooth Version πŸ‘
CONS
No Bi-amp Capability πŸ‘Ž
Few Channel Processing πŸ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced πŸ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No Sound Retriever AIR πŸ‘Ž
No High-resolution Music Enhancer πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ 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
No USB Input πŸ‘Ž
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs πŸ‘Ž
No Phono Input πŸ‘Ž
No Composite Video Inputs 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

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-534 to its predecessor VSX-532 and displaying the major changes.

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–
Analog Tuner βœ” FM/AM with RDS βœ” FM/AM
Bigger Power Supply 465 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.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer VSX-534 has 5 channel amplifier and delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Pioneer VSX-534 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 3.1.2 channels.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audioβ„’ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Pioneer VSX-534 supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It can be configured upto 3.1.2 channels.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is a new upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-534 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-534 comes with[y] MCACC room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Pioneer VSX-534 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 no inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer VSX-534.

BASICS
BrandPioneer
ModelVSX-534
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryEurope
Release Year2019
AMPLIFIER
Channels5.2
Amplifier DesignDirect Energy
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ”
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ–
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineDigital Quad-Core 32-bit DSP (Cirrus Logic)
DACAKM AK4438
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–
Dolby Digital EXβœ–
Surround EXβœ–
DTS:Xβœ”
DTS Neural:Xβœ”
DTS Virtual:Xβœ”
DTS Neoβœ–
DTS-HD Master Audioβœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioβœ”
DTS 96/24βœ”
DTS Expressβœ”
DTS-ESβœ” Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedβœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerβœ–
PCMβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via HDMIβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBβœ” 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converterβœ–
USB DACβœ–
Jitter Reductionβœ–
Dialog Enhancementβœ”
Dialogue Liftβœ–
Sound Retrieverβœ” Advanced
Sound Retriever AIRβœ–
Digital Noise Reductionβœ–
Tone Controlβœ” All 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–
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.βœ” MCACC
Manual MCACCβœ”
MCACC Memory1
Reflex Optimizerβœ”
Phase Controlβœ”
Full Band Phase Controlβœ–
Standing Wave Controlβœ–
EQ Bands9-Band
Symmetric EQβœ”
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 Pass-throughβœ–
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)βœ–
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)βœ–
3-D Readyβœ”
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscalingβœ” 1080p to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ–
Stream Smootherβœ–
Pure Cinemaβœ–
Video Parameter Adjustmentsβœ–
Super Resolutionβœ”
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ–
DLNA 1.5βœ–
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ–
Chromecast Built-Inβœ–
DTS Play-Fiβœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ–
Google assistantβœ–
Apple Siriβœ–
Works with SONOSβœ–
AirPlayβœ–
Apple Product Connectionβœ–
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ–
Ethernetβœ–
Ethernet Switchβœ–
Wi-Fiβœ–
Bluetoothβœ” SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced ARCβœ–
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Input4
HDMI Output1
USB Inputβœ–
USB DC Out Portβœ”
Analog Audio Line Input3
Analog Audio Line Outputβœ–
Phono Inputβœ–
Optical In1
Optical Outβœ–
Coaxial In/Out1 / βœ–
Composite Video Inputβœ–
Composite Video Outputβœ–
S-Video Inputβœ–
S-Video Outputβœ–
Component Video Inputβœ–
Component Video Outputβœ–
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V Inputsβœ–
Speaker A/Bβœ–
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones1
RS-232βœ–
+12V Trigger Outputβœ–
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
MISC
On-Screen Displayβœ” User-Friendly GUI with System Setup Menu
GUI Languages9
AVNavigatorβœ–
IP Control for CIβœ–
PreAmp Modeβœ–
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationFRONT, CENTER, SURROUND/HEIGHT
FL Dimmerβœ”
Remote Controllerβœ”
Detachable Power Cordβœ–
adapterportβœ–
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM/AM with RDS
Presets40
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 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformerβœ–
Transformer Stabilizerβœ–
Power Consumption465 W
No Sound Power34.2 W
Standby Power0.2 W
GENERAL
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 148 mm x 321 mm
17-1/8" x 5-13/16" x 12-5/8"
Dimensions of Package (W x H x D)525 mm x 230 mm x 390 mm
20-11/16" x 9-1/16" x 15-3/8"
Weight8 kg (17.6 lbs)
Weight of Package10.5 kg (23.1 lbs)
Warranty1 Year Parts & Labor
SPECS
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)150 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)135 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)125 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)85 W
THD0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance8 Ω - 600 Ω
Rated Headphone Power Output80 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)109 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Pure Audio)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
Bluetooth Version4.2
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
Extension Terminalβœ–
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 1.0 Β΅V (11.2 dBf)
AM Frequency522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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