Having had an opportunity to test Pioneer VSX-531 vs Yamaha R-N602BL, I’d like to share my impression here to facilitate your choice of a new AV receiver.
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, 140/6, while the R-N602BL has a power of 115/8, 105/4. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the VSX-531 it is 0.08%, but for the R-N602BL it is 0.01%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the VSX-531 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the R-N602BL is equipped with Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit. None of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Pioneer VSX-531 and Yamaha R-N602BL can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with R-N602BL. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The R-N602BL has access to the Spotify service.
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 R-N602BL. 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 Yamaha R-N602BL. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. None of these units can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
Generally no support for a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A DTS:X surround technology is not supported by devices from our comparison.