Pioneer VSX-834 Review and Specs

Pioneer VSX-834 (Australian and Asian versions)

SCORE:
47

Highlights

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

Disclosure: We earn money from the affiliate links to products associated with content in this article.

Pioneer VSX-834 Overview

Pioneer VSX-834 was introduced in 2019. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 47 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
60
VIDEO FEATURES
71
AUDIO FEATURES
56
CONNECTIVITY
14
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
14
RADIO
28
OVERALL
47

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-834.

PROS
Dolby Atmos 👍
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👍
DTS:X 👍
DTS Neural:X 👍
DTS Virtual:X 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
DSD via USB 👍
HDR10 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
Bluetooth 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
New Bluetooth Version 👍
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support 👎
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 Dynamic HDR 👎
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through 👎
No VRR 👎
No QFT 👎
No MHL Input 👎
No DLNA 1.5 👎
No FireConnect 👎
No FlareConnect 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
No DTS Play-Fi 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
No Google assistant 👎
No Apple Siri 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No Ethernet 👎
No Wi-Fi 👎
No eARC 👎
Few HDMI Inputs 👎
Few HDMI Outputs 👎
No USB Input 👎
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs 👎
No Phono Input 👎
No Composite Video Inputs 👎
No Component Video Inputs 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Analog Pre-Outs 👎
No Internet Radio 👎
No Pandora 👎
No Spotify 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-834 to its predecessor VSX-832 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Pioneer VSX-834 Pioneer VSX-832
More Channels 7.2 5.1
Bi-amp capability
More Channel Processing 7.1 5.1
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DTS Virtual:X
Bigger Power Supply 480 W 400 W
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.2 4.1 + LE

DOWNGRADES Pioneer VSX-834 Pioneer VSX-832
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Composite
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
AirPlay AirPlay
Ethernet
Wi-Fi
USB Input 2 (1 Front)
Less Composite Video Inputs 2
Internet Radio TuneIn
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Pioneer VSX-834 vs Pioneer VSX-832.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Pioneer VSX-834 has 7 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. It can bypass HDR10, Dolby Vision.


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.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Pioneer VSX-834 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

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 Audio™ 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-834 supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

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-834 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-834 comes with MCACC room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Pioneer VSX-834 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.

Image cannot be found Image cannot be found

Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Pioneer VSX-834.

BASICS
BrandPioneer
ModelVSX-834
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryAustralia and Asia
Release Year2019
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Amplifier DesignDirect Energy
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineDigital Quad-Core 32-bit DSP (Cirrus Logic)
DACAKM AK4438
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
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo
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
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
Dialog Enhancement
Dialogue Lift
Sound Retriever Advanced
Sound Retriever AIR
Digital Noise Reduction
Tone Control All Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Auto Surround
Optimum Surround
Advanced Surround10 + 1
Wide Surround
Front Stage Surround Advance
Headphone Surround
Virtual Speakers
Virtual Depth
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC
Manual MCACC
MCACC Memory1
Reflex Optimizer
Phase Control
Full Band Phase Control
Standing Wave Control
EQ Bands9-Band
Symmetric EQ
Distance Adjustment0.1 feet
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/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
Stream Smoother
Pure Cinema
Video Parameter Adjustments
Super Resolution
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Google assistant
Apple Siri
Works with SONOS
AirPlay
Apple Product Connection
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Outputs1
USB Input
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs3
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs1
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No
Composite Video Inputs
Composite Video Outputs
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs
Component Video Outputs
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V Inputs
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones1
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
MISC
On-Screen Display User-Friendly GUI with System Setup Menu
GUI Languages9
AVNavigator
IP Control
PreAmp Mode
Versatile Speaker ConfigurationSpeaker 7ch Out (FRONT, CENTER, SURROUND, SURROUND BACK/HEIGHT, Bi-AMP/ZONE B)
FL Dimmer
Remote Controller
Detachable Power Cord
adapterport
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS
Presets40
Digital Radio
Internet Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelBrushed
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals7
Large Speaker Terminals2
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
Ceramic Speaker Terminals
3D Space Frame Construction
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Low Leakage Flux Power Transformer
Transformer Stabilizer
Power Consumption480 W
No Sound Power38.7 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 or IEC)155 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 Terminal
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 1.0 µV (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

Amazon Affiliate Disclosure

ZKelectronics is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for website owners to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon (.com, .co.uk, .ca, etc) and any other websites that may be affiliated with Amazon Service LLC Associates Program.