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Pioneer VSX-531

Pioneer VSX-531
alaScore 92

86 reviews

Aug, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 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 products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the reliability and design are on the whole positive. 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 products in the same category the Pioneer VSX-531 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = 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

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Great sound easy to use!!


Upgraded from my previous pioneer amp as I brought a 4K tv. Amazing sound and picture.

Jul, 2018

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Get entry level received, and Richer Sounds helped


Love this unit, its the right price for me. Had an issue with it and took it to Richer Sounds Cambridge who just swapped it there and then no quibble and gave me loads of support too.

Jul, 2018

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Sounds really good easy to set up recommended good value for money

Jul, 2018

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Pretty Good Sound & Value for Money


Bought this to replace an old and faulty Onkyo AV receiver (of over 7 years). The Pioneer seems like a good replacement - the added BT function is very useful for streaming from Spotify. Overall sound seems to be good but I'm using the old Onkyo...

Jun, 2018

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Great Company, Very knowledgeable and helpful


It was extremely easy to set up and use. Some new features that I have not yet used and look forward to trying them out.

Jun, 2018

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it is not bad but the passthrough feature is not very good, where as my onkyo would work on every hdmi this you have to set one channel if you set it to sky it will do that but if you want to play your bd player then you have to have the receiver...

May, 2018

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Why are in-store sales less protected than online.


I bought this amp to replace one i thought had broken. In fact it wasn't - dodgy lead instead - but was disappointed to discover that there's no refund offered for working product. If I'd had bought online I'd have got my money back with no questions...

May, 2018

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over the moon


this is how happy i was .. i went to the moon and saw Mr spoon with my new amp and we turn up the base and had a cosmic party .. my new AV amp is awesome ... well worth the money i paid and found people at richersounds helpful .. thanks for making my...

Apr, 2018

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good upgrade from my 20yr old sony receiver


needed a new receiver, not my first choice but wanted to take one home from whatever the shop had in stock, also not looking to spend too much, so far very impressed with the dolby digital processing, so much so i haven't yet used it for my favorite...

Apr, 2018

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