Impressive value already at entry level
In addition to digital TV and Blu-ray, one nowadays usually has other HD video sources – such as a game console, a streaming box or a streaming stick. It is reassuring to know that even the affordable VSX-531 has four HDMI ports that can even transmit UltraHD footage to the TV or projector. Of course, via HDMI the sound can also be in high resolution.
The HD multichannel formats from Dolby and dts are also decoded by the VSX-531 and precisely adapted to your individual room acoustics, loudspeaker equipment and setup using Pioneer's proprietary MCACC automatic calibration.
If you prefer to enjoy music instead of a movie, you can also use your smart phone or tablet instead of the usual analogue or digital connectable players. Simply start your favourite music app and connect your device wirelessly to the integrated Bluetooth input of the VSX-531. A USB port on the front panel provides the mobile device with current as needed and you can also optionally play MP3, WMA and AAC music files directly from a memory stick.
And do not be surprised when even older, heavily data-reduced files suddenly sound amazingly fresh and natural. Pioneer has gained decades of experience in the reconstruction of lost signal components, which has flowed into the “Advanced Sound Retriever” playback program.
- Channels: 5
- Amplification Type: Direct Energy
- 130 W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 1ch Driven)
- Dolby® TrueHD/Dolby Digital Plus/Dolby Pro Logic II
- DTS-HD Master Audio/DTS-HD High Resolution Audio/DTS Neo:6
- DTS-Express/DTS 96/24
- DSD Disc (SACD) Playback via HDMI (2.8 MHz)
- Digital Core Engine with Texas Instruments Aureus™ DSP
- 192 kHz/24-bit DAC
- HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)
- MCACC Auto Room Tuning
- Phase Control
- Automatic Crossover Detection
- Pioneer Sound Enhancements
- Advanced Sound Retriever (2ch)
- Auto Level Control (2ch)
- Advanced Surround Modes
- Action, Drama, Advanced Game, Sports, Classical, Rock/Pop
- Front Stage Surround, Extended Stereo
- Phones Surround
- ECO Mode 1, ECO Mode 2
- AM/FM Tuner 30 Presets