Pioneer Elite VSX-70 Review and Specs

Pioneer Elite VSX-70 (USA version)

SCORE:
38

Highlights

  • 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Pioneer Elite VSX-70 Overview

Pioneer Elite VSX-70 was introduced in 2013. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 38 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
39
VIDEO FEATURES
27
AUDIO FEATURES
31
CONNECTIVITY
40
MULTIZONE
61
MISCELLANEOUS
38
RADIO
57
OVERALL
38

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 Elite VSX-70.

PROS
Front Wide Channel Support 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
DSD via USB 👍
DTS Dialog Control 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
MHL Input 👍
DLNA 1.5 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
Bluetooth 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
Many HDMI Inputs 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Analog Pre-Outs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Internet Radio 👍
Pandora 👍
Spotify 👍
CONS
No Dolby Atmos 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No DTS:X 👎
No DTS Neural:X 👎
No DTS Virtual:X 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 👎
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ 👎
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume 👎
No Audyssey LFC 👎
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT 👎
No HDR10 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Dynamic HDR 👎
No Dolby Vision 👎
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through 👎
No VRR 👎
No QFT 👎
No FireConnect 👎
No FlareConnect 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
No DTS Play-Fi 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No eARC 👎
No Phono Input 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Pioneer Elite VSX-70 to its predecessor VSX-60 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-70 Pioneer Elite VSX-60
Gapless Playback
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/30p up to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p up to 1080/24p (Marvell Qdeo)
MHL Input 1 (Front)
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 7 (1 front)
More HDMI Outputs 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE) 1
More Analog Pre-Outs 2.2 0.2
More Zones 3 2
Spotify

DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-70 Pioneer Elite VSX-60
Less Analog Audio Line Outputs 1
Less Optical Inputs 1 2
Less Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 1 / No 2 / No
Less Composite Video Outputs 1 2
SiriusXM Internet Radio

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite VSX-70 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-60.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer Elite VSX-70 has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven). This receiver even supports front wide channels which is found only in a very few high-end receivers these days.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 30p and 4K upscaling up to 30p.


Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer Elite VSX-70 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 Elite VSX-70 comes with MCACC Advanced room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Pioneer Elite VSX-70 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately). It can also connect to bluetooth devices via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately). The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 8 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There are 2.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI, USB and Composite Video inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer Elite VSX-70.

BASICS
BrandPioneer
SeriesElite
ModelVSX-70
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2013
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Amplifier DesignDirect Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability Front
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineTexas Instruments Aureus
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:X
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, 192kHz / 24-Bit WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction plus PQLS (HDMI Bitstream/ Multi)
Auto Level ControlMulti-Channel
Dialog Enhancement
Dialogue Lift via Dialog Enhancement
Sound Retriever Advanced (Multi-Channel / Auto with ARC)
Sound Retriever AIR
Digital Noise Reduction
Tone Control Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer Hi-bit24 Audio Processing
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Auto Surround
Optimum Surround
Advanced Surround11 + 1 Mode
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers
Virtual Depth
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC Advanced
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory6
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands9-Band (Advanced)
Symmetric EQ
X-Curve
Distance Adjustment1/2 Inch
Precision Distance
Polarity Check
Auto Subwoofer Crossover
VIDEO
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/30p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component****, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p (1125p)
Stream Smoother
Pure Cinema
Video Parameter AdjustmentsYNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Chroma, Black Level
Triple HD Noise Reduction
Super Resolution
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input1 (Front)
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad via front USB
Remote App iControlAV2013 (for iOS and Android)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi via optional AS-WL300 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth via optional AS-BT100 or AS-BT200 adapters (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for MAIN/HDZONE)
USB Input1 Front
USB DC Out Port1 Rear for AS-WL300 (5 V, 0.6 A)
Analog Audio Line Inputs4
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs1
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No
Composite Video Inputs4 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs2.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Composite Video
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones3
Powered Zones 2
Zone 2 OutsComposite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 4 OutsHDMI
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output1 (Main, Zone2, HDZone)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
MISC
On-Screen DisplayGraphical User Interface (GUI) with Album Artwork (HDMI only)
Multi-Zone On-Screen Display
HDMI Speaker B Link
AVNavigator Built-in
PC Set-Up
IP Control
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSurround Back/ Front Height/ Front Wide/ Front Bi-Amp/ Zone 2/ B-Speaker
FL Dimmer
Function Rename
Remote ControllerLearning Remote Control
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Presets63
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals9
Large Speaker Terminals9
Color-Coded 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 Consumption550 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power Standby
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 168 mm x 363 mm
17-3/16" x 6-5/8" x 14-5/16"
Weight9.8 kg (21 lb 10 oz)
Warranty2 Years Parts & Labor
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)90 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)165 W (1% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)315 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB
S/N Ratio (Line, EIA, at 1 W (1 kHz))81 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
HDMI Terminal19-pin (Not DVI)
HDMI Output Type5 V, 100 mA
HDMI Input/MHL Terminal5 V, 900 mA
USB TerminalUSB2.0 (Type A) 5 V, 2.1 A
adapterport Terminal5 V, 100 mA
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 2014 Pioneer Elite VSX-70 was replaced by VSX-80. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-80 Pioneer Elite VSX-70
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (4:4:4 24-bit)
4K/60p (4:2:2 36-bit)
4K/24p (4:4:4 36-bit)
up to 4K/30p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p (Marvell Qdeo) up to 4K/30p

DOWNGRADES Pioneer Elite VSX-80 Pioneer Elite VSX-70
Less HDMI Inputs 7 (1 front) 8 (1 front)
Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 3 4
Less Composite Video Inputs 2 4 (1 front)

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer Elite VSX-80 vs Pioneer Elite VSX-70.

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