Pioneer VSX-531 vs Denon AVR-S720W review

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Pioneer VSX-531 vs Denon AVR-S720W review

Pioneer VSX-531
vs
Denon AVR-S720W

What is better - Pioneer VSX-531 vs Denon AVR-S720W?

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the VSX-531 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 80/8, 140/6, while the AVR-S720W has a power of 75/8, 110/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the VSX-531 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the AVR-S720W is equipped with 192 KHz/32-bit. None of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Pioneer VSX-531 and Denon AVR-S720W can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with AVR-S720W. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The AVR-S720W has access to the Spotify service.

Video features

Support for the HDR function can only boast of each of the AV receivers. The quality of 4K/60Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the VSX-531 and the AVR-S720W. None of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Review participants do not have the Dolby Vision feature.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the VSX-531 has 4/1, and the AVR-S720W has 6/1.Pioneer VSX-531 connectionsDenon AVR-S720W connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the VSX-531 and the AVR-S720W. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. VSX-531 and AVR-S720W support the standard HDCP 2.2. Unlike most receivers, our models do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Denon AVR-S720W can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the AVR-S720W. Only in the AVR-S720W realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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General

Item

Pioneer VSX-531
Denon AVR-S720W

Model

VSX-531
AVR-S720W

Brand

Pioneer
Denon

Reviews

0
178

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8, 140/6
75/8, 110/6

Output impedance, Ohm

6
8, 6

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
192 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, SiriusXM

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
6/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

1
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
2

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, HDMI, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

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
x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle

Display

fluorescent
fluorescent

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
IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
2

Zone audio output

has not
speaker

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-Surround

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

220
400

Standby consumption, W

0.45
0.1

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
43.1 x 12.7 x 33/17.1 x 5.9 x 13.3

Weight, kg/lbs

8/17.6
8.1/18.7

Other

Release year

2016
2016
Pioneer VSX-531
Denon AVR-S720W
Pioneer VSX-531
Denon AVR-S720W

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.3
  • 6.6
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531
  • 6.6Denon AVR-S720W

The Denon AVR-S720W is better receiver in this comparison. Check Denon AVR-S720W price