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Pioneer VSX-531

Pioneer VSX-531
alaScore 93

77 reviews

Apr, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 reviews of Pioneer VSX-531. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The size and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, size, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Pioneer VSX-531 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Pioneer VSX-531 review


Pioneer goes back to basics with this entry-level AV amplifier

Fast, articulate sound ; Agile and expressive ; Good scale and size ; HDMI inputs support 4K passthrough ; Bluetooth

Some spring-loaded terminals ; Treble lacks substance ; Rivals have more sonic solidity ; No network features

A fast and articulate albeit scarcely featured entry-level amplifier

Jan, 2017

Consumer review (

Nice Multimedia Receiver


A good price, a nice Amp. Easy to set up with the room microphone. Excellent sound. Very pleased. Would highly recommend for the price

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (

Great value


Treble reproduction is a tad dull but otherwise you get a lot of bang for your buck. Fantastic entry-level receiver and great value.

Mar, 2018

Consumer review (

Very happy with this amp.


Very pleased with this amp. Has all the connections I need to listen to music and connect AV peripherals for 5.1 surround sound with TV. Very pleasing sound balance.

Feb, 2018

Consumer review (

Works a treat


Very easy to install and set up, works very well (so much easier than my previous AV receiver. Very pleased.

Jan, 2018

Consumer review (

Awesome price and great features at this price


Bought after I'd set up a friends identical Amp for him

Jan, 2018

Consumer review (

Very comprehensive


I'm still discovering this amp's fine qualities. It delivers more than I expected.

Jan, 2018

Consumer review (

Excellent Value!


Ridiculously easy to set up, the included mic does the job awesomely, I had clear 5.1 sound and HDR goodness coming through in less than half hour from unboxing. Blown away by how good it is.

Jan, 2018

Consumer review (

Great Buy


I am a big fan of Pioneer products considering I'm from America I knew of the quality that Pioneer produce so it wasn't a hard choice for me to select this brand & model. The basic functioning & set up is easy, but the play back features are even...

Jan, 2018

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I bought this because I wanted to future proff my set up I'm happy with this purchase.

Dec, 2017

Product Specifications


Audio D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/192kHz
Audio output channels:5.1
Power output per channel (1KHz@6 Ohm):130 / 140
Power output per channel (20-20KHz@8 Ohm):80
Receiver Type:Surround

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220-240
Power consumption (standby):0.45
Power consumption (typical):220

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WMA / AAC,MP3,WMA


Composite video in:2
Digital audio coaxial in:1
Digital audio optical in:1
HDMI in:4
Remote control in:1
USB ports quantity:1


Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:3.0
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi:N / No

Optical Drive

Optical drive included:N / No


Composite video out:1
HDMI out:1
Headphone outputs:1
Number of HDMI outputs:1

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Wireless technologies:Wired


AC input frequency:50/60 / 60
AC input voltage:120 / 220-240
Power consumption (standby):0.45
Power consumption (typical):210 / 220


Internet radio:N / No
Preset stations quantity:30
Supported bands:AM, FM
Supported radio bands:AM,FM


Card reader:N / No

Technical Details

AirPlay:N / No
Audio decoders:Dolby Digital Plus / DSD,DTS 96/24,DTS-HD,DTS-HD HR,DTS-HD Master Audio,Dolby Digital,Dolby Digital Plus,Dolby Pro Logic II
Built-in audio decoders:DSD, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-HD HR, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic II
Color of product:Black
Handheld remote control:Y / Yes
Sample rate:192
Sleep Timer:Y


3D compatibility: Yes
Video D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/192kHz

Weight & Dimensions