Pioneer VSX-531 vs Denon AVR-X2300W review

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Pioneer VSX-531
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Denon AVR-X2300W

It makes sense comparing Pioneer VSX-531 vs Denon AVR-X2300W because they both are able to give some premium features.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer VSX-531 has 5.1 versus 7.2 for Denon AVR-X2300W. Regarding power, then VSX-531 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 140/6 1KHz when AVR-X2300W has a power of 95/8 20Hz-20KHz, 125/6 1KHz. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 192 KHz/24-bit for VSX-531 and Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit for the AVR-X2300W. Only the AVR-X2300W 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-X2300W can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the AVR-X2300W supports Spotify.

Video features

These units support HDR technology. 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. The AVR-X2300W can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the VSX-531. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is not supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

The Pioneer VSX-531 has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/2 HDMI connectors of the Denon AVR-X2300W.Pioneer VSX-531 connectionsDenon AVR-X2300W 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. A voice control is not available. 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-X2300W.

Multichannel surround

Only the AVR-X2300W has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the AVR-X2300W.

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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-531
Denon AVR-X2300W

Model

VSX-531
AVR-X2300W

Brand

Pioneer
Denon

Reviews

0
156

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 140/6 1KHz
95/8 20Hz-20KHz, 125/6 1KHz

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
Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
Audyssey MultEQ

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
Pandora, SiriusXM

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
x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, 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
IP Control, Web Control

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
8/2

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
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic
USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
2

Zone audio output

has not
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
Denon Remote App

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

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

220
550

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 33 x 15.2/17.1 x 13.3 x 6.6

Weight, kg/lbs

8/17.6
9/20.7
Pioneer VSX-531
Denon AVR-X2300W
Pioneer VSX-531
Denon AVR-X2300W

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.3
  • 7.2
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531
  • 7.2Denon AVR-X2300W

The Denon AVR-X2300W is better receiver in this comparison. Check Denon AVR-X2300W price

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