Pioneer VSX-531 vs Harman Kardon HK 3700 review

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Pioneer VSX-531
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Harman Kardon HK 3700

Pioneer VSX-531 vs Harman Kardon HK 3700 – that is a question.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 2.0, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the VSX-531 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 140/6 1KHz, while the HK 3700 has a power of 85/8 20Hz-20KHz. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the VSX-531 it is 0.08%, but for the HK 3700 it is 0.07%.

Audio features

Competitive models use the same DAC. None of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. The model VSX-531 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Wireless connection to the Internet via WIFI can not be performed on these receivers. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Support for Apple Music Services not implemented. Spotify is not available for these receivers.

Video features

Support for the HDR function can only boast of the VSX-531. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode can provide only the VSX-531. None of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Review participants do not have the Dolby Vision feature. HDMI Audio Return Channel is only available on Pioneer VSX-531. HDMI eARC is not supported by the VSX-531 and the HK 3700. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that only the Pioneer VSX-531 has HDMI CEC. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Harman Kardon HK 3700. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in VSX-531. None of these units can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Generally no support for a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A DTS:X surround technology is not supported by devices from our comparison.

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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-531
Harman Kardon HK 3700

Model

VSX-531
HK 3700

Brand

Pioneer
Harman Kardon

Reviews

0
53

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
2.0

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 140/6 1KHz
85/8 20Hz-20KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

6
8

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-130KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.07

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC

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)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
vTuner

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

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

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
0

Coaxial digital input

1
0

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
has not

Zone audio output

has not
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not
has not

Multi-room control

has not
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

0
1

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

220
310

Standby consumption, W

0.45
0.5

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
44 x 12.1 x 30/17.3 x 4.7 x 11.8

Weight, kg/lbs

8/17.6
6/13.2
Pioneer VSX-531
Harman Kardon HK 3700
Pioneer VSX-531
Harman Kardon HK 3700

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  • 4.3
  • 4.8
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531
  • 4.8Harman Kardon HK 3700

The Harman Kardon HK 3700 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Harman Kardon HK 3700 price