Pioneer VSX-531 vs Harman Kardon AVR 1610 review

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Pioneer VSX-531
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Harman Kardon AVR 1610

The Pioneer VSX-531 vs Harman Kardon AVR 1610 comparison proves that these receivers have many common features.

Amplifier

Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 5.1. Regarding power, then VSX-531 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 140/6 1KHz when AVR 1610 has a power of 85/8 1KHz, 85/6 1KHz. The THD is 0.08% for the VSX-531 but 0.09% for the AVR 1610.

Audio features

Competitors' digital to analog converter (DAC) is identical to 192 KHz/24-bit. None of the models support Bi-amping. The Pioneer VSX-531 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the AVR 1610 supports Spotify.

Video features

Only the Pioneer VSX-531 has support for High dynamic range (HDR). Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K 60p signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both competitors are not able to scale the HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is not supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

The Pioneer VSX-531 has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 5/1 HDMI connectors of the Harman Kardon AVR 1610.Pioneer VSX-531 connectionsHarman Kardon AVR 1610 connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present in only the VSX-531. The VSX-531 supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.2, versus HDCP 1.4 in the AVR 1610. Receivers do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is only available for the VSX-531. Unfortunately, the setup assistant is not available in each of the models.

Multichannel surround

None of the rivals equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The receivers do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X.

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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-531
Harman Kardon AVR 1610

Model

VSX-531
AVR 1610

Brand

Pioneer
Harman Kardon

Reviews

0
57

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 140/6 1KHz
85/8 1KHz, 85/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

6
8, 6

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-130KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color
has not

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPod, Android

Display

fluorescent
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
5/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 1.4

Subwoofer output (LFE)

1
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic
USB, phones

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
has not

Zone audio output

has not
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not
has not

Multi-room control

has not
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
1

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

220
450

Standby consumption, W

0.45
0.5

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 16.8 x 32/17 x 6.3 x 12.6
44 x 12.1 x 30/17.3 x 4.7 x 11.8

Weight, kg/lbs

8/17.6
4.6/10
Pioneer VSX-531
Harman Kardon AVR 1610
Pioneer VSX-531
Harman Kardon AVR 1610

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  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531
  • 4.5Harman Kardon AVR 1610

The Harman Kardon AVR 1610 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Harman Kardon AVR 1610 price