Denon AVR-X3500H vs Pioneer VSX-531 review

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Denon AVR-X3500H
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Pioneer VSX-531

It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Denon AVR-X3500H vs Pioneer VSX-531.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 5.1, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-X3500H has such a ratio W/Ohm - 105/8 20Hz-20KHz, 135/6 1KHz, while the VSX-531 has a power of 80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 140/6 1KHz. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the AVR-X3500H it is 0.05%, but for the VSX-531 it is 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AVR-X3500H received the model AKM 192 KHz/32-bit, but the VSX-531 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Denon AVR-X3500H. Both Denon AVR-X3500H and Pioneer VSX-531 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The AVR-X3500H has access to the Spotify service. The quality of 4K 60p 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 AVR-X3500H and the VSX-531. Video scaling is only possible with the AVR-X3500H. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the AVR-X3500H.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AVR-X3500H has 8/3, and the VSX-531 has 4/1.Denon AVR-X3500H connectionsPioneer VSX-531 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the AVR-X3500H and the VSX-531. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-X3500H and VSX-531 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Denon AVR-X3500H. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Denon AVR-X3500H can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the AVR-X3500H. Only in the AVR-X3500H realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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Common

Product

Denon AVR-X3500H
Pioneer VSX-531

Model

AVR-X3500H
VSX-531

Brand

Denon
Pioneer

Reviews

319
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

105/8 20Hz-20KHz, 135/6 1KHz
80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 140/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.05
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

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

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ XT32
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
has not

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG, BT.2020
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
USB

Other additional features

IP Control
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/3
4/1

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)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
1

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

1/1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
has not

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

HEOS App
has not

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

600
220

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.45

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.1 x 15.2 x 38.1/17.1 x 6.6 x 15.3
43.5 x 16.8 x 32/17 x 6.3 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

10.4/23.8
8/17.6
Denon AVR-X3500H
Pioneer VSX-531
Denon AVR-X3500H
Pioneer VSX-531

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 8.4
  • 4.3
  • 8.4Denon AVR-X3500H
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531

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