An affordable AV receiver is always a good option to consider, so Yamaha TSR-5810 vs Pioneer VSX-1131 comparison definitely makes sense.
Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 7.2. Regarding power, then TSR-5810 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/8, 145/6 when VSX-1131 has a power of 100/8, 170/6. The THD is 0.09% for the TSR-5810 but 0.08% for the VSX-1131.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit for TSR-5810 and AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit for the VSX-1131. Both the TSR-5810 and the VSX-1131 support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The TSR-5810 can work with the audio stream from Pandora, and the VSX-1131 can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio.
These units support HDR technology. Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K/60Hz signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The VSX-1131 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the TSR-5810. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the VSX-1131.
The Yamaha TSR-5810 has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 7/2 HDMI connectors of the Pioneer VSX-1131. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. The VSX-1131 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Each of the AV receivers from our review supports 2 Multi-room zones. An ECO mode is only available for the TSR-5810. Both TSR-5810 and VSX-1131 can be configured using the Setup assistant.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.
The Pioneer VSX-1131 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer VSX-1131 price