The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Pioneer VSX-531 vs Integra DTM-7 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Pioneer VSX-531 has 5.1 versus 2.0 for Integra DTM-7. Regarding power, then VSX-531 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/8, 140/6 when DTM-7 has a power of 100/8. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.
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-7. 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-7 supports Spotify. 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 DTM-7.
Each receiver has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs. 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. The DTM-7 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the VSX-531. The setup assistant will help you configure Integra DTM-7.
None of the rivals equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The receivers do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X.