Pioneer VSX-531 vs Denon AVR-X1400H review

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Pioneer VSX-531 vs Denon AVR-X1400H review

Pioneer VSX-531
vs
Denon AVR-X1400H

An affordable AV receiver is always a good option to consider, so Pioneer VSX-531 vs Denon AVR-X1400H comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer VSX-531 has 5.1 versus 7.2 for Denon AVR-X1400H. Regarding power, then VSX-531 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/8, 140/6 when AVR-X1400H has a power of 80/8, 120/6. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.

Audio features

Competitors' digital to analog converter (DAC) is identical to 192 KHz/24-bit. Only the AVR-X1400H supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Only the Denon AVR-X1400H can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the AVR-X1400H supports Spotify.

Video features

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. Both competitors are not able to scale the HDMI signal. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the AVR-X1400H.

Extensive connections

The Pioneer VSX-531 has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/1 HDMI connectors of the Denon AVR-X1400H.Pioneer VSX-531 connectionsDenon AVR-X1400H connections 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. Receivers do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. The setup assistant will help you configure Denon AVR-X1400H.

Multichannel surround

Only the AVR-X1400H has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the AVR-X1400H.

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General

Item

Pioneer VSX-531
Denon AVR-X1400H

Model

VSX-531
AVR-X1400H

Brand

Pioneer
Denon

Reviews

0
135

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8, 140/6
80/8, 120/6

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/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
Audyssey MultEQ XT

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, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

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
HLG, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle

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
IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
3

Zone audio output

has not
speaker, preout

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-EXPRESS, DTS Surround

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

220
430

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
43.7 x 22.4 x 33/17.1 x 8.5 x 13.3

Weight, kg/lbs

8/17.6
8.1/18.8

Other

Release year

2016
2017
Pioneer VSX-531
Denon AVR-X1400H
Pioneer VSX-531
Denon AVR-X1400H

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.3
  • 7.3
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531
  • 7.3Denon AVR-X1400H

The Denon AVR-X1400H is better receiver in this comparison. Check Denon AVR-X1400H price