Pioneer VSX-531 vs Integra DTM-6 review

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Pioneer VSX-531
vs
Integra DTM-6

It makes sense comparing Pioneer VSX-531 vs Integra DTM-6 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 2.0 for Integra DTM-6. Regarding power, then VSX-531 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 140/6 1KHz when DTM-6 has a power of 80/8 20Hz-20KHz. 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 AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit for the DTM-6. 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. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the DTM-6 supports Spotify.

Video features

Only the Pioneer VSX-531 has support for High dynamic range (HDR). Only the VSX-531 provides HDMI signal transmission in standby mode. Both competitors are not able to scale the HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is not supported by these receivers. Only the VSX-531 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). 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 DTM-6 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. 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
Integra DTM-6

Model

VSX-531
DTM-6

Brand

Pioneer
Integra

Reviews

0
4

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
2.0

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

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

Output impedance, Ohm

6
8

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
2 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

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

Google Assistant

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

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
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
0/0

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

1
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
2

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

2
0

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
2

Zone audio output

has not
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
Integra Control Pro app, FlareConnect

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
2/1

DC trigger output (12V)

0
3

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

220
230

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
43.5 x 14.9 x 32.9/17 x 5.5 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

8/17.6
8.5/18.7
Pioneer VSX-531
Integra DTM-6
Pioneer VSX-531
Integra DTM-6

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  • 4.3
  • 6.5
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531
  • 6.5Integra DTM-6

The Integra DTM-6 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Integra DTM-6 price