Pioneer VSX-531 vs Yamaha RX-V6A review

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Pioneer VSX-531 vs Yamaha RX-V6A review

Pioneer VSX-531
vs
Yamaha RX-V6A

What is better - Pioneer VSX-531 vs Yamaha RX-V6A?

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 7.2, 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 RX-V6A has a power of 100/8. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the VSX-531 it is 0.08%, but for the RX-V6A it is 0.06%. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Yamaha RX-V6A. Both Pioneer VSX-531 and Yamaha RX-V6A can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The RX-V6A has access to the Spotify service. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the VSX-531 and the RX-V6A. Video scaling is only possible with the RX-V6A. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the RX-V6A.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the VSX-531 has 4/1, and the RX-V6A has 7/1.Pioneer VSX-531 connectionsYamaha RX-V6A connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the RX-V6A. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The VSX-531 has support for the standard HDCP 2.2, compared to the RX-V6A, which supports the standard HDCP 2.3. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Yamaha RX-V6A. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Yamaha RX-V6A can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the RX-V6A. Only in the RX-V6A realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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General

Item

Pioneer VSX-531
Yamaha RX-V6A

Model

VSX-531
RX-V6A

Brand

Pioneer
Yamaha

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8, 140/6
100/8

Output impedance, Ohm

6
8

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.06

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
YPAO

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever
CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
7/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

1
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
0

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/120Hz

8K signal pass-through

8K/60Hz

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
x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

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
Web Control, App Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
2

Zone audio output

has not
preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
MusicCast

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

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
AIFF, DSD

Power

Operational power consumption, W

220
360

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
43.1 x 15.2 x 35.5/17.1 x 6.7 x 14.8

Weight, kg/lbs

8/17.6
9.6/21.6

Other

Release year

2016
2020
Pioneer VSX-531
Yamaha RX-V6A
Pioneer VSX-531
Yamaha RX-V6A

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.3
  • 7.4
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531
  • 7.4Yamaha RX-V6A

The Yamaha RX-V6A is better receiver in this comparison. Check Yamaha RX-V6A price