Pioneer VSX-531 vs Yamaha RX-A3060BL review

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Pioneer VSX-531 vs Yamaha RX-A3060BL – that is a question.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 9.2, 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 RX-A3060BL has a power of 150/8 20Hz-20KHz, 230/4 1KHz. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the VSX-531 it is 0.08%, but for the RX-A3060BL it is 0.06%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the VSX-531 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the RX-A3060BL is equipped with ES9016 192 KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Yamaha RX-A3060BL. Both Pioneer VSX-531 and Yamaha RX-A3060BL can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with RX-A3060BL. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The RX-A3060BL has access to the Spotify service. The quality of 4K 60p signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the VSX-531 and the RX-A3060BL. Video scaling is only possible with the RX-A3060BL. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the RX-A3060BL.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the VSX-531 has 4/1, and the RX-A3060BL has 8/2.Pioneer VSX-531 connectionsYamaha RX-A3060BL connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the VSX-531 and the RX-A3060BL. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. VSX-531 and RX-A3060BL support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Yamaha RX-A3060BL. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Yamaha RX-A3060BL can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the RX-A3060BL. Only in the RX-A3060BL realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-531
Yamaha RX-A3060BL

Model

VSX-531
RX-A3060BL

Brand

Pioneer
Yamaha

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 140/6 1KHz
150/8 20Hz-20KHz, 230/4 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

6
8, 4

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.06

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
ES9016 192 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
YPAO

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)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Napster, Qobuz, JUKE

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
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, BT.2020, HLG

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
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
8/2

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
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
3

Coaxial digital input

1
3

Composite input

2
4

Component input/output

0/0
3/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
3

Zone audio output

has not
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
MusicCast, AV Controller

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

0
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

220
400

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 19.2 x 47.4/17 x 7.5 x 18.5

Weight, kg/lbs

8/17.6
19.6/43.2
Pioneer VSX-531
Yamaha RX-A3060BL
Pioneer VSX-531
Yamaha RX-A3060BL

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  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531
  • 8.5Yamaha RX-A3060BL

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