Sony STR-ZA2100ES vs Pioneer VSX-531 review

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Sony STR-ZA2100ES vs Pioneer VSX-531 review

Sony STR-ZA2100ES
vs
Pioneer VSX-531

It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Sony STR-ZA2100ES vs Pioneer VSX-531.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 5.1, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the STR-ZA2100ES has such a ratio W/Ohm - 75/8, 95/6, while the VSX-531 has a power of 80/8, 140/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the STR-ZA2100ES it is 0.09%, but for the VSX-531 it is 0.08%. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Sony STR-ZA2100ES. Both Sony STR-ZA2100ES and Pioneer VSX-531 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Wireless connection to the Internet via WIFI can not be performed on these receivers. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Support for Apple Music Services not implemented. Spotify is not available for these receivers. The quality of 4K/60Hz 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 STR-ZA2100ES and the VSX-531. Video scaling is only possible with the STR-ZA2100ES. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the STR-ZA2100ES.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the STR-ZA2100ES has 6/2, and the VSX-531 has 4/1.Sony STR-ZA2100ES connectionsPioneer VSX-531 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the STR-ZA2100ES. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. STR-ZA2100ES and VSX-531 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Unlike most receivers, our models do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in VSX-531. The Sony STR-ZA2100ES can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the STR-ZA2100ES. Only in the STR-ZA2100ES realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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General

Item

Sony STR-ZA2100ES
Pioneer VSX-531

Model

STR-ZA2100ES
VSX-531

Brand

Sony
Pioneer

Reviews

7
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

75/8, 95/6
80/8, 140/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

DCAC EX
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Digital Legato Linear, Sound Optimizer
Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

6/2
4/1

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)

2
1

Headphone output

0
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

2/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

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

HLG
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
has not

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
has not

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/2
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

3
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

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

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

290
220

Standby consumption, W

0.3
0.45

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43 x 17.6 x 41/17 x 6.8 x 16.1
43.5 x 16.8 x 32/17 x 6.3 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

12.2/27.1
8/17.6

Other

Release year

2017
2016
Sony STR-ZA2100ES
Pioneer VSX-531
Sony STR-ZA2100ES
Pioneer VSX-531

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  • 6.5
  • 4.3
  • 6.5Sony STR-ZA2100ES
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531

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