Pioneer VSX-531 vs Marantz NR1403 review

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Pioneer VSX-531
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Marantz NR1403

Pioneer VSX-531 vs Marantz NR1403 comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 5.1. Regarding power, then VSX-531 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 140/6 1KHz when NR1403 has a power of 50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 80/6 1KHz. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.

Audio features

Competitors' digital to analog converter (DAC) is identical to 192 KHz/24-bit. None of the models support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Each of these units does not support Apple Music. Competitors do not have built-in Spotify service.

Video features

Only the Pioneer VSX-531 has support for High dynamic range (HDR). HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both competitors are not able to scale the HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is not supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

The Pioneer VSX-531 has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/1 HDMI connectors of the Marantz NR1403.Pioneer VSX-531 connectionsMarantz NR1403 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. 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
Marantz NR1403

Model

VSX-531
NR1403

Brand

Pioneer
Marantz

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 140/6 1KHz
50/8 20Hz-20KHz, 80/6 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
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)
0

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

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
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

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
6/1

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)

1
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
3

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

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
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
180

Standby consumption, W

0.45
0.2

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 10 x 36.7/17.3 x 3.9 x 14.1

Weight, kg/lbs

8/17.6
8.3/17.6
Pioneer VSX-531
Marantz NR1403
Pioneer VSX-531
Marantz NR1403

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 4.3
  • 4
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531
  • 4Marantz NR1403

The Pioneer VSX-531 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer VSX-531 price