Pioneer VSX-531 vs Pioneer SC-LX701 review

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Pioneer VSX-531
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Pioneer SC-LX701

What is better - Pioneer VSX-531 vs Pioneer SC-LX701?

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 SC-LX701 has a power of 135/8 20Hz-20KHz, 185/6 1KHz. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the VSX-531 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the SC-LX701 is equipped with ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer SC-LX701. Both Pioneer VSX-531 and Pioneer SC-LX701 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The SC-LX701 has access to the Spotify service.

Video features

Support for the HDR function can only boast of each of the AV receivers. 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 SC-LX701. Video scaling is only possible with the SC-LX701. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the SC-LX701.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the VSX-531 has 4/1, and the SC-LX701 has 8/2.Pioneer VSX-531 connectionsPioneer SC-LX701 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the VSX-531 and the SC-LX701. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. VSX-531 and SC-LX701 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer SC-LX701. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in VSX-531. The Pioneer SC-LX701 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the SC-LX701. Only in the SC-LX701 realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-531
Pioneer SC-LX701

Model

VSX-531
SC-LX701

Brand

Pioneer
Pioneer

Reviews

0
104

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
9.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 140/6 1KHz
135/8 20Hz-20KHz, 185/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

6
8, 6

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit
ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
MCACC Pro

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

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
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color
DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020

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
IP Control

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
2

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

0/0
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

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
Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
2/1

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
310

Standby consumption, W

0.45
0.15

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 18.5 x 44.1/17 x 7 x 17.3

Weight, kg/lbs

8/17.6
15/33.1
Pioneer VSX-531
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Pioneer VSX-531
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AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 4.3
  • 8.5
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531
  • 8.5Pioneer SC-LX701

The Pioneer SC-LX701 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer SC-LX701 price